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Everyday Things that can Poison you Dog

Updated on February 2, 2017

Our Pets, Our Family

There are many poisonous substance that can harm your beloved pets. As a pet owner, it is our duty to protect out pet from dangers around the home. Did you realize that your home is filled with dangers that can harm or even kill your pets?

Every year the Animal Control Center at the ASPCA receives over 116,000 calls in response to their cat or dog coming in contact with a hazardous substance.

As our pets are members of our family, it is our responsibility to make sure that they are safe, outdoors and in our homes. Pets can be mischievous and we have to keep one step ahead of them to make sure they do not get into things that is going to cause them medical problems or death.

There are many household hangers lurking in our home and garage that can pose a danger to our family pets.

Poisonous Substances

Chocolate and Dogs

Chocolate contains methylxanthines which can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death. This is particularly true with dogs. Never give chocolate to your dog, even just a little if he begs for it.

Prescription Drugs

Make sure to keep all prescription drugs, out of the reach of your pets. After you take your medication put it back in a safe place. Just one extra strength acetaminophen can be deadly to a cat and four ibuprofen can cause serious kidney problems in a small dog.


If you are a gardening buff, you need to be aware that some fertilizer can cause problems for your pet, especially if they are indoor/outdoor. In 2008 over 2,000 calls came into Animal Poison Control, for this one thing. To prevent this from happening, find out which fertilizer is poisonous to cats and dogs and if you have it in your home, remove it to an out of reach place from your pets.


Some pets have pica, which is a medical disorder which causes a desire to eat non-nutritive objects, like feces, buttons, needles, dirt, rock, etc. If your pet is prone to pica screen your home, just as you would for a small child just learning to crawl or a toddler. Get down on your hands and knees and see from their vantage point the thing

Other Substances that can Make your Dog Sick

  • Sugarless gum or candies that contain xylitol. Artificial sweeteners can cause a dogs blood sugar to drop. Even small amounts can cause liver damage.
  • One of the most toxic food for dogs, are raisins and grapes. These foods can cause kidney failure.
  • Over the counter medications that contain NSAIDs, like Advil, Aleve and Motrin can cause ulcers and possible kidney failure
  • Human drugs like Celexa, Effexor, Prozac, etc. can cause neurological problems.

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Emergency Situations

In the event that your cat or dog, ingest something that is harmful, have the telephone number to t he ASPCA, animal poison control and you veterinarian in a handy place, in case your pet has a medical emergency.

Pet Insurance

Purchasing Pet Insurance is not a bad idea. Especially if you have puppies, kittens, older or inside/outside pets. It is not that expensive and it will give you peace of mind to know that if your cat or dog gets sick or has an accident that you can take them to the veterinarian without worrying about whether or not you have the money.


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    • 2besure profile image

      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      They are our babies! We have to protect them at all costs.

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      Paulart 5 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      I like your hub information its very informative.Yes i agree with your point providing a safe environment to pets its main responsibility of pet owners.

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      4seazons 6 years ago

      Thanks. My cat loves ice cream. I like to eat it out of a cup, and every time he hears the clinck cinck of my spoon on the cup - here he comes. I know he shouldn't eat ice cream, and esp. chocolate, but when he looks into my eyes, sometimes I give in and give him just a drop. This article makes me realize that even a drop is too much. No more ice cream for Buttons!

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      M.s Fowler 7 years ago from United states

      Yes it surely is and great hub with nice information!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes, it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our pets.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I didn't know pets had what would also be called pica but it is a fact that they will taste just about anything. And honestly, I thought only dogs would do this but I had a cat that would eat anything that flew in the window (bugs I have never seen) and then throw up. Cats can sometimes be as bad as dogs.

      It's up to us to protect them since it is us bringing all these toxins into the home.

      Thanks for a necessary hub! Rated up of course!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is really interesting, I knew about not to give dogs chocolate, but i didn't really know the reason behind it. This is great for animal lovers and owners. thanks for the info. Nell