Dog Poisoning
What NOT To Feed Dogs

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Do you enjoy house plants and flower gardens? Dog poison comes in many forms and HOUSE PLANTS
can be dangerous. Here's a list of 83 potential poisons waiting for your pet.

Do you know what constitutes dog poisoning products? Are you aware of ALL the What Not To Feed Dogs products are?

Your dog has a natural curiosity about everything in his/her environment. Regardless of the breed or age, your pooch likes to sniff, snoop and investigate.

Sampling objects and liquids goes with the natural canine curiosity. “Curiosity killed the cat” and a lot of dogs too! Learn what’s on this list from the ASPCA and make sure your dog can’t get in harms’ way because a lot of these items will mean certain death.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline is 1.888.426.4435

Copy the number and hang it on the refrigerator door!

Common Dog Poisoning Items

By knowing what not to feed dogs, you might just have your beloved pet a little longer!

    1. Algae — Found in water, damp porches, basements. Toxic to dogs.
    2. Anti-cancer drugs
    3. Aspirin, other Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products (ibuprofen, etc)
    4. Acetaminophen
    5. Anti-freeze, Coolant. Very common dog poisoning product as this tends to leak onto driveway and garage floors.
    6. Antidepressants (Unless prescribed by a vet)
    7. Balls, small, for large dogs — Choking problems.
    8. Batteries — they corrode with harmful chemicals.
    9. Bleach
    10. Brake fluid-- Deadly, like poison
    11. Bread twist ties — choking hazard.
    12. Buttons, Coins, Cotton Swabs, Hair Pins, Jewelry, Nylons, Paper Clips, Small Erasers, Thumb Tacks, Rubber Bands, string, Yarn, Dental Floss. — all choking hazards.
    13. Cocoa Bean fertilizer
    14. Cold and flu medications
    15. Compost (especially if moldy)
    16. Home insect products, all types.
    17. Rat and mouse bait—I had a dog die a long, slow, painful death from licking rat poison.
    18. Deck lattice—Large openings can allow dog to fall off deck.
    19. Deicing salts
    20. Detergents
    21. Diet pills
    22. Disinfectants
    23. Drain cleaners (like Drano, etc)
    24. Fabric softeners
    25. Fences, Gates — If not secure, dogs can run out and get hit by cars or poisoned.
    26. Fire Pits, Grilles—the ashes are toxic to dogs causing illness.
    27. Flea and tick products
    28. Fly bait
    29. Gasoline, Oil
    30. Lead in any form
    31. Lighter fluid
    32. Lime/Scale remover
    33. Mothballs
    34. Oven cleaner spray
    35. Plastic wrap — suffocation.
    36. Sharp objects, Glass — anything that can cut.
    37. Slug/Snail bait
    38. Solvents (like paint thinner, etc)
    39. Tobacco products
    40. Wax
    41. Windshield fluid-- Deadly, like poison Cause death.

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    What Not To Feed Dogs

    Dog Poisoning Foods
    1. Avocados
    2. Fat scraps-- make dog fat, cause pancreatic disease, diarrhea
    3. Dairy products-- cause diarrhea, develop lactose intolerance in adults
    4. Liver-- too much causes diarrhea, vitamin A and D toxicity
    5. Coffee, tea, caffeine-- Deadly, affects heart and nervous systems.
    6. Corn cobs-- pieces gets stuck in stomach and block off the intestine.
    7. Raw eggs-- skin and coat problems, may contain salmonella
    8. Raw fish-- cause Vitamin B deficiency, loss appetite, death.
    9. Baby food-- in large amounts, nutritional deficiency
    10. Cat food-- usually too high in protein and fats for dogs
    11. Alcoholic beverages-- causes intoxication and death
    12. Fat trimmings-- can cause pancreatitis
    13. Citrus oil extracts-- can cause vomiting
    14. Grapes -- cause toxin, damage kidneys
    15. Raisins cause kidney damage
    16. Raw yeast dough
    17. Marijuana-- depresses nervous system, cause vomiting, change heart rate
    18. Salt-- large amounts lead to electrolyte imbalance
    19. Spoiled food-- contain toxins causing diarrhea, vomiting, damage organs
    20. Mushrooms-- contain toxins, cause shock, result in death
    21. Onions & garlic-- damage blood cells, cause anemia
    22. Peach, plum pits-- cause obstruction in digestive tract
    23. Human Vitamins (unless directed by your vet)
    24. Turkey and Chicken bones-- they splinter, stick in digestive tract
    25. Rat poison will cause a long, lingering death.
    26. Any rodent or insect poison-- cause long, lingering death.

    Harmful To Dogs — Holiday Hazards

    • Holiday Plants — Holly Lilies and Mistletoe are common and are two of the dog poisoning plants listed elsewhere.
    • Ribbons — Kids like to tie them around a pet’s neck and choking has occurred.
    • Bubbling Tree Lights—The old style contain methylene chloride, a highly toxic chemical.
    • Fire Salts — contain dangerous chemicals.
    • Angel Hair (spun glass) can irritate skin and cause digestive problems if ingested.
    • Christmas Tree Water — contains chemicals toxic to dogs and cats.
    • Decorating Hooks, Tinsel, Styrofoam, Broken Ornaments can all cause choking problems.

    4th of July

    • Home Fireworks. Frightens dogs, can put eyes out, excessive noise.


    • Fake Grass — choking hazard or can obstruct the digestive system.
    • Small Toys or other plastic bunnies, eggs etc. — choking.


    • Repeatedly opening doors for trick-or-treaters allows pets to slip out.
    • Candles — Pets are curious about bright light—A candle is easily knocked over.
    • Xylitol — a sweetener for candy and gum. Keep away from pets.
    • Chocolate is common at Halloween and is poison to pets, causing, including pancreatic inflammation, a serious disorder.

    New Years
    • Balloons and Confetti — Scare pets, choke if devoured.

    • Bones — Turkey bones splinter can cause a lot of damage to the digestive tract.
    • Hot containers—Can get knocked off the table or otherwise burn a pet.

    Valentines Day

    • Flowers and Candy — many plants are toxic to pets, causing serious illness or death. Candy is a bad idea too, especially chocolate.
    • Chocolate — Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.

    This list is sourced by a lot of personal experience as well as information provided by the ASPCA. A list of dangerous plants will be added soon.

    What not to feed dogs is a very important section. Pets have a natural curiosity and love to eat things they shouldn’t. You have to be ever vigilant. Dog poisoning is quite common.

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