Household Poisons and Hazards


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions, onion powder
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic
  • Products sweetened with Xylitol

Outdoor & Cold Weather

  • Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
  • Blue-green algae in ponds
  • Citronella candles
  • Cocoa mulch
  • Fertilizers and compost piles
  • Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
  • Swimming-pool treatment supplies
  • Fly baits containing methomyl
  • Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde
  • Antifreeze
  • Ice Melting Products
  • Rat and mouse bait


  • Over the counter pain medications (Advil/ ibuprofen, Tylenol/ acetaminophen)
  • Prescription medications
  • Cold & Flu medications
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Diet Pills

 Household Items

  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Detergents
  • Mothballs
  • Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)
  • Household Cleaners / Disinfectants
  • Liquid potpourri

Holiday Hazards

  • Sparklers / Fireworks
  • Easter grass
  • Holiday plants (Lilies, Mistletoe, Holly) *for a complete list see Poisonous Plant
  • Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
  • Electrical cords
  • Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)
  • Batteries
  • Glass ornaments

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
  • Glow jewelry

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center


The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, an operating division of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), is the only animal-oriented poison control center in North America. It is a unique emergency hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance. The Center’s hotline veterinarians can quickly answer questions about toxic chemicals, dangerous plants, products or substances found in our everyday surroundings that can prove poisonous or fatal to animals.

Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats:
Branching Ivy
Castor Bean
Lillies (all Lillium species)
Morning Glory

* please note: this list is not all inclusive