Top Pet Poisons & Prevention Tips

March 13, 2019

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Week, and many efforts are being made to educate others on how to prevent accidental poisonings. If you have a pet, it is important to know what might make your fur-baby ill. Most of these poisons are commonly found around the house. The more you know, the better you will be prepared.

Pet poisons are always accidental. Familiarize yourself with this list to keep these top poisonous substances out of reach.

Top 10 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

Top 10 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

Prevention Tip 1:

Keep any or all these items in higher cabinets so they your pets do not get them. This means getting into habits of always putting these things away when you get them out. Often pets get into things because someone forgot to put them in their proper place and left them out.

Prevention Tip 2:

Educate your family or anyone who cares for your pet about what is poisonous. The more they know, the better they will be about keeping hazardous things out of reach from your pet.

Prevention Tip 3:

Be prepared for a Pet Emergency. Recently, we wrote about how to be prepared. If you haven’t read it, take the time to go through it. Part of preventing poisonings is being ready if something should happen. This post also includes a FREE downloadable Pet Emergency Info Sheet that you can fill out and have handy in case something should happen.

Prevention Tip 4:

Know about chocolate and how toxic it is in dogs. Chocolate consistently ranks as the top poison for dogs. It is the #1 reason people call the Pet Poison Hotline. Know the difference about chocolate and its toxicity for dogs. We wrote an entire article about What to Do if Your Dog Eats Chocolate.


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