Keeping Your Dog Safe

Do Not Give Dogs Human Medicines:

  • Pain Medicines
  • Cold medicines
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet Pills

Cold Weather Hazards:

  • Antifreeze
  • Liquid Potpourri
  • Ice Melting products
  • Rat and mouse bait

Common Household Hazards:

  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Mothballs
  • Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

Holiday Hazards:

  • Christmas tree water ( many contain fertilizers and bacteria)
  • Electrical cords
  • Ribbons or tinsel ( can become lodged in the intestine and cause intestinal obstruction)
  • Batteries
  • Glass ornaments

Do not give your dog:

  • Alcohol
  • Almonds
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados
  • Baby food
  • Cat food
  • Cherry pits
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Raw Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutmeg
  • Onions
  • Peach pits
  • Raw Potatoes
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb
  • Yeast dough

If you think your animal is poisoned:

In spite of your best efforts, your animal may accidentally become poisoned. Being prepared can save your pets life. Know your vets procedures for emergency situations, especially ones that occur after business hours. Keep phone numbers for your veterinarian, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, and a local emergency veterinary service in a convenient location.

Keep a pet poison safety kit on hand for emergencies. Your kit should include:
  • Hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • can of your pets favorite wet food
  • Turkey baste, bulb syringe or large medical syringe
  • Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminates
  • Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
  • Mild grease cutting dish washing liquid for animals skin after contamination
  • Rubber gloves
  • Forceps to remove stingers
  • Muzzle ( remember, an excited animal may harm you)
  • Pet carrier

Non-Toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats:

The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals

  • Water based paints
  • Toilet bowl water
  • Silica gel
  • Poinsettia
  • Cat litter
  • Glue traps



Call The ASPCA Animal

Poison Control Center's

24-hour emergency hotline

at (888) 426-4435