Pet Poison Prevention Month
March is designated as Pet Poison Prevention Month, a time for dog and cat owners to take into account that some common household products, and lawn and garden repellents, may be harmful to domestic animals and cause violent illnesses. Pet owners should be aware of the common toxins that Pet Poison Helpline gets calls about on a daily basis and how to prevent pets from ingesting these common home goods.
Common pet poisons in the kitchen: Food and Drink
- Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
- Vitamins and Minerals including iron
- Citrus (lemons, oranges)
- Grapes and Raisins
- Nuts and other salty snacks
- Milk and other dairy products (ice cream, yogurt, etc.)
- Onions and Garlic
- Yeast Rolls
Toxic household products for pets: Cleaning Supplies and Pills
- Carpet Freshener and Shampoo
- Toilet Cleaners
- Vinegar and water
- Fabric softener sheets
- Cold and flu medications
Keep dogs and cats at a distance from garden plants that may be toxic. Some affects to animals may be minor, such as a stomach virus or vomiting; but others can lead to violent reactions and even death. Consider installing your dog fence or cat fencing system outside of planting areas.
Toxic plants for dogs
- Holly (remember this during the Christmas season)
- Aloe (remember this in the summer months)
- Branching Ivy
Toxic plants for cats
- California Ivy
- Indian hemp
- Lemon Grass
For a full list of poisonous plants for dogs and cats, visit ASPCA. If your dog or cat ingests any of the following toxins, contact Pet Poison Helpline immediately at 855-764-7661.
In addition to these household goods, rat and mouse poisons are particularly toxic to dogs and cats. Keep these products, and all insect repellents out of reach of domestic animals and children.