Dogs aren’t known for being Connoisseurs of fine cuisine, they just love chewing stuff. It really doesn’t matter how valuable, dangerous or disgusting it is. You name it, and your average dog will attempt to either eat it or chew it to bits. Since our dogs have such a cavalier, devil-may-care attitude to what they cram into their mouths, it’s up to us to make sure they’re not eating things that are poisonous to dogs.
We all love our dogs, and as owners, the health, happiness, and safety of our furry best friends is our responsibility.
So, if you read only one article on this blog, please make sure it’s this one, as it could quite literally save your dog’s life.
This is a comprehensive list of common everyday things that are poisonous to dogs. These items can be found around the house, in the garden, or when you’re out walking.
They may seem harmless to us, but to your dog, it’s a different story.
Be aware of the dangers, and keep your dog safely away from them.
Is vitamin D poisonous to Dogs?
Dogs are not able to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight as humans do so they must get it from their diet.
Vitamin D is important for heart health in dogs as well as in calcium and phosphorus regulation but accidental ingestion of Vitamin D supplements, D-Drops and anything that has Vitamin D in it like Multivitamins or Omega-3 supplements are poisonous to dogs and requires immediate treatment.
Symptoms include Bad breath, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, weight loss.
Are Pennies Poisonous to dogs?
If you have any pennies under the couch or on the counter somewhere, please pick them up and put them somewhere out of your pet’s reach.
While most coins may pass through a dog’s stools, pennies contain Zinc which gets broken down by stomach acid and will end up in Zinc poisoning.
Zinc will wreak havoc as it travels through the bloodstream, damaging red blood cells and causes liver, kidney, and heart failure. Symptoms are pale gums, weakness, vomiting, collapse, discolored urine. This condition is fatal if not treated quickly. Some jewelry, plumbing supplies, and nails also contain Zinc.
Is Antifreeze poisonous to dogs?
Made of Ethylene Glycol. It’s sweet taste and green or yellow color is what attracts dogs to it. Please make sure you don’t spill any of it on the ground because it harms 90,000 animals and thousands of children annually. It only takes about 5 tablespoons to kill an average-sized dog. Symptoms are seizures, depression, and vomiting, excessive thirst and urination.
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When kidney failure begins, it’s probably too late. If you have even the slightest bit of suspicion that your dog or cat may have come in contact with antifreeze, call your vet ASAP. A less toxic cousin of antifreeze is made of Propylene Glycol which is also used as an additive to food such as dairy products, cake mix, popcorn.. yum!
Are Rodenticides poisonous to dogs?
Yes, you should never let your dog get anywhere near this stuff. Dogs that accidentally ingest rat poison suffer from kidney failure and internal bleeding and severe vomiting. Rodents that were killed by rat poison must be discarded immediately. Pets that eat rodents that were poisoned by rat poison may get poisoned themselves. Call your vet immediately and do not induce vomiting unless told to do so.
Symptoms are coughing/vomiting blood, bloody nose, bleeding gums, difficulty breathing, collapse. Some rat poisons contain Vitamin D which works by raising calcium in the blood to toxic levels. Insecticides are also toxic even in small amounts.
Is Treated Toilet Water poisonous to dogs?
When you see your dog drinking water from the toilet, a typical reaction would be “Ewww!” and it would be totally understandable to avoid doggy kisses at that point. Dogs aren’t squirmish like us humans and they usually have a stronger stomach.
Pets are naturally attracted to running water. In many cases, toilet water is fresher than a dog’s water bowl because it’s flushed a few times a day. Treated toilet water is a different story, though. Bluewater isn’t as toxic as it used to be but it’s still the equivalent of drinking soapy water which might cause vomiting and diarrhea.
The real danger is ingesting or chewing the drop-in tablet which may cause chemical burns in the mouth and throat. There is also a risk of poisoning by toilet cleaner chemicals. On top of that, there is a risk your dog may contact E.Coli and Giardia.
Avoid a potential trip to the vet by always closing the toilet lid and/or the washroom door and clean your dog’s water bowl thoroughly once a week.
Is Bread Dough poisonous to dogs?
Raw yeast dough contains yeast and produces carbon dioxide and alcohol as it ferments and alcohol is a big no-no to dogs. It is quickly absorbed in the bloodstream and causes alcohol poisoning. If you’re familiar with bread making, dough expands faster in a warm environment which is what the stomach is.
It then causes bloating and puts pressure on surrounding organs, making it difficult to breathe. It may build enough pressure to actually rupture the stomach lining. Please do not take this lightly. Many dogs who ingest raw yeast dough do not make it, even with treatment. Practice safe baking and keep raw dough well away from your dog’s reach and lastly, never ever give garlic bread or raisin bread to your dog.
Is Cured/Smoked Meat Poisonous to Dogs?
This includes ham, bacon, sausages, salami and the like. Too much salt and fat can be detrimental to your dog’s health (and yours, too) and can cause Pancreatitis – a potentially lethal disease. Symptoms to look for are vomiting, greasy yellow stool and loss of appetite.
Excessive amounts of salt and fat can also lead to obesity which can, in effect, result in joint pain, diabetes and heart disease to name a few. But these are the least of your concerns. Dogs that consume fats have a much higher chance of developing a complex condition called Bloat which is a medical and surgical emergency.
Symptoms to look for are: whining when belly is pressed, salivation, restlessness, enlargement of abdomen. Too much salt can cause tremors, vomiting, high temperatures, even death. Keep salty food like chips and pretzels away from Buddy.
As a side note, wipe your dog’s paw after going for a walk because they may ingest road salt when licking their paw. If your dog suddenly starts to limp, its because road salt hurts their paws. Move away from the sidewalk and onto the grassy area.
Is Fertilizer Poisonous To Dogs?
If you’re an avid gardener like me, there’s a good chance you’re using Bloodmeal and Bonemeal as a fertilizer especially when planting tomatoes. These are used to amend the soil and add vital Nitrogen(the stuff that makes things grow). Bloodmeal is made of flash-frozen blood and is commonly used in organic gardening. Dogs can find it appetizing and this can cause fertilizer poisoning in dogs, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis if ingested while Bonemeal is made of ground-up flash-frozen animal bone and is also great to use as a slow-release fertilizer.
Dogs that ingest it, have problems when it forms into a solid round substance similar to a bowling ball in the stomach. This may also block the gut, requiring surgery. What’s worse is that Iron is usually added to fertilizers, which is also a big no-no. If you must really use these types of fertilizer, store it in a place where your dog can’t access it. If you know that there a high risk of fertilizer and dogs coming into contact, you may want to try a safe fertilizer for dogs. There are plenty of pet-friendly fertilizers available on the market, just double-check the packet to see if it’s fertilizer safe for dogs.
Compost contains a ton of bacteria and fungus and should also be kept away as well as grass fertilizers and weed killers.
Are Household Cleaners Poisonous To Dogs?
The average home contains 62 toxic chemicals though, to be honest, I think it’s much higher than that. A dog may accidentally ingest common cleaning chemicals containing Isopropyl alcohol, Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Chlorine, Phenols, Glycol Ethers and VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) found in oven cleaners, floor cleaners, toilet cleaners, drain cleaners, glass cleaners and all-around cleaners including carpet shampoo, rust removers, and laundry detergent can cause vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, cancer, lung damage, kidney damage, and even death.
Accidentally mixing bleach and ammonia can be fatal to humans and dogs. Avoid these poisons by using vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, pure castile soap, washing soda, hydrogen peroxide, and using a steam machine to clean around the house or opt for dog-friendly cleaning products. Always read the label and remember that “Natural” does not mean it is safe for dogs.
More Toxins Lurking At Home
- Raw Potatoes – Can cause nausea, vomiting, and seizures(also in humans)
- Silica Gel Packets – May cause obstruction in the gut especially in small dogs
- Liquid Air Fresheners – May burn the mouth and cause digestive upset
- Insecticides – Life-threatening even in small amounts
- Mosquito Repellent – Toxic agent is DEET. May cause tremors, seizures, and death
- Cigarettes – Nicotine can kill a dog. This includes nicotine patches and gum. It can cause severe vomiting. Do not smoke around pets. Dispose of cigarette filters safely
- Petroleum Jelly – Can cause Diarrhea and Vomiting
- Soap and Shampoo – Can clog the gut.
- Moth Balls – Ingesting Naphthalene Balls can cause Anemia, Vomiting, kidney and liver damage
- Anti-Depressants – such as Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor. These may cause sedation, tremors, seizures and neurological problems
- Human Medications – such as Aspirin, Naproxen, and Ibuprofen. Tylenol may cause irreversible damage to the liver
- Iron Supplements – Can cause vomiting, liver failure, and stomach ulcers.
- Essential Oils – can cause diarrhea and vomiting
Keep in mind…
- Snack bags – Can quickly cause suffocation when dogs sniff inside it, creating a vacuum seal. Never leave plastic grocery bags or any type of plastic bags lying around.
- Easily swallowed items – found in every home like Paperclips, Hairpins, Needles, Rubberbands, Batteries, Dental Floss
Toxic Plants To Keep Your Dog Away From:
While the majority of the plants in our gardens are completely harmless, there are a few seemingly innocent-looking plants that can be extremely hazardous to our furry friends.
Here’s our list of plants that are dangerous to dogs.
Why Are Grass Seeds Bad For Dogs?
Grass seeds can burrow in your dog’s skin/paws/eyes and may cause major damage. Keep your dog away from the tall grass in warm and dry weather
Are FoxTails Dangerous To Dogs?
Similar to Grass seeds, they can also inflict pain on your dogs, they are especially nasty if you get foxtails in dogs nose or foxtails in dogs ears. Keep an eye out when walking your dog as it’s very easy to find foxtails in dogs paws.
Are Hydrangea Poisonous to Dogs?
Hydrangea and dogs are not a good match as they are toxic to dogs (and humans). The leaves and buds of the Hydrangea plant contain cyanide. Symptoms of poisoning are Diarrhea and Vomiting.
Are JADE PLANTs Toxic to Dogs?
The lucky Jade plant, poisonous to dogs if mistakenly eaten. Any dog unfortunate to try eating this toxic plant it may suffer from vomiting, slow heart rate and incoordination.
Is Ivy (Hedera Helix) Toxic To Dogs?
Is Ivy poisonous to dogs? There are many types of Ivy and luckily, not all of them are toxic. The toxic ones contain Saponins which cause drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Are Daffodils Poisonous To Dogs?
Are Daffodils toxic to dogs?
Yes, dogs that eat the Daffodil plant or drink water with Daffodils in it may get poisoned. Symptoms are convulsions, tremors, diarrhea, vomiting, and heart problems. The most dangerous part is the bulb.
Are Tulips Poisonous to Dogs?
While these plants are indeed pretty, tulips are toxic to dogs. Symptoms of toxicity are excessive salivation, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, seizures, coma. Store bulbs safely.
Are Poinsettia Poisonous To Dogs?
Keep an eye out for Poinsettia and dogs when they are in the same location. Poinsettias are mildly toxic to dogs. Common symptoms include drooling, vomiting and sometimes diarrhea.
Is Aloe Vera Poisonous to Dogs?
Aloe vera for dogs is only mildly toxic. Symptoms are vomiting, tremors and changes to urine color, and loss of appetite.
Is Foxglove Poisonous To Dogs?
Foxglove to dogs is pretty but highly poisonous, even to cats and humans. All parts of this plant are poisonous especially the berries. Even water in a vase that had this plant is toxic. It contains toxins that affect the heart.
Is Oleander Poisonous To Dogs?
Oleander and dogs have similar toxic effects as Foxglove with the exception that it can also harm horses and cattle.
Is Lily Of The Valley Poisonous To Dogs?
The effects of this plant are also similar to Foxglove. Symptoms are a drop in heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea. Contact your vet ASAP
Is The Star Of Bethlehem Poisonous To Dogs?
May cause tremors, seizures, drooling, vomiting. All parts of the plant are toxic
Are Clematis Poisonous To Dogs?
This bitter plant can cause drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. Thankfully, dogs don’t like the taste
Hopefully you found this list of things that are poisonous to dogs helpful.
If you have any household items listed here, do remember to store them well out of reach of your dog.
Should your garden be full of the toxic and dangerous plants previously listed, try and replace them with something safer for your dog.
If you suspect that your dog has eaten any of the items listed in this article, or is displaying any of the symptoms that indicate they’ve ingested something toxic, please get them to a vet as soon as possible.
All information in the article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace your veterinarian’s advice.