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Top 10 Pet Poisons

Here are the top 10 most common toxins that Vets deal with.

Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach and pet-proof your house!

Prevention is always the best protection for you and your pet


Dog Poisons:

  1. Chocolate

  2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)

  3. Anti-inflammatory medications

  4. Xylitol (sugar-free gum & more)

  5. Grapes & Raisins

  6. Antidepressant Medications

  7. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)

  8. Vitamin D Overdose

  9. Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD)

  10. Fertilizers

Cat Poisons:

  1. Lilies (Lilium species)

  2. Spot-on flea/tick medication for dogs

  3. Household Cleaners

  4. Antidepressant Medications

  5. Essential Oils

  6. Anti-inflammatory Medications

  7. Mouse & Rat Poisons (rodenticides)

  8. Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD)

  9. Onions & Garlic

  10. Vitamin D Overdose

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call your veterinarian for assistance. Accurate and timely identification of the suspected substance is very important. Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.

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Possible signs of poisoning


Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, always contact your vet for assistance

if you are unsure or worried about your pets health

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhoea

  • Drooling/hyper-salivating

  • Inappetance (not eating)

  • Nausea

  • Coughing or vomiting of blood

  • Pale gums

  • A racing heart rate

  • Weakness or lethargy

  • Collapse

  • Excessive thirst or urination

  • Absence or decreased urination

  • Jaundice (yellow discolouration to the gums or whites of eyes)

  • Acting abnormally

  • Black-tarry stool

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