Common Toxins Found the Kitchen, Bathroom, or Bedroom

Poisonous Foods 

The kitchen is a common place to find your pet searching around for something to eat, but did you know which of these foods are toxic to your pet if ingested? While some foods may cause only minor discomfort, others have the potential to cause severe illness or death. The table below will help you identify a few of the most toxic foods and the severity of the problems they may cause. 

PlantSpecies AffectedPart of FoodDegree of SeveritySigns and Symptoms
AvocadoDogs, Cats, Birds, Large AnimalsAll parts: toxin called persinDogs & Cats: Mild
Other Species: Severe
Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lack of stool production (obstruction), Pancreatitis
Bread DoughCats, DogsUnbaked bread doughMild-SevereDepression or Lethargy, Drooling, Retching, Vomiting
CherryCats, DogsAll parts other than ripe pulpMild-ModerateDilated pupils, Difficulty breathing, Bright red gums, Shock, Death
GarllicCats, Dogs Drooling, Nausea, Oral irritation, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Abdominal pain
GrapesCats, Dogs Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Anorexia
MushroomsCats, Dogs
Drooling, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Incoordination, Tremors, Seizures, Organ Failure
XylitolDogs Weakness, Collapse, Vomiting, Tremors, Seizures, Jaundice, Hypoglycemia
ChocolateCats, DogsVomiting, Tremors, Seizures, Cardio Toxicity, Diarrhea, Death


Many household medications can cause severe illness for your pet. Human and animal metabolism varies and explains why a safe dose for a human can be potentially lethal for our pets. If your pet ingests any medication which it is not prescribed it is always best to call your primary care veterinarian, an emergency clinic, or the pet poison helpline with the appropriate information. Time and awareness can make a life-saving difference with medication overdoses. 

MediationSpecies AffectedDegree of SeveritySigns & Symptoms
ACE-InhibitorsCats, DogsMild-Moderate; Depending on DoseVomiting, Diarrhea, Low blood pressure, Lethargy, Excess drinking/urination
AcetaminophenCats, DogsModerate-SevereLethargy, Swelling of the face/paws, Difficulty breathing, Brown or blue gums, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Jaundice
AspirinCats, DogsModerate-SevereVomiting, Diarrhea, Bloody vomit, Black-tarry stool, Respiratory changes, Hyperthermia, Seizures, Death
IbuprofenCats, DogsModerate-Sever
Potentially life-threatening
Vomiting, Diarrhea, Bloody vomit, Black-tarry stool, Weakness, Pale gums, Abdominal pain, Lethargy, Seizures, Death
Sleep AidsCats, DogsMild-ModerateSevere sedation, Agitation, Hyperactivity, Aggression, Panting, Vomiting, Walking drunk, Hyperthermia, Tremors, Respiratory depression

Household Items

Our Pets are sometimes notorious for finding things in the house they should not. As responsible pet owners, it is our job to ensure we have our pet’s health and safety in mind if we find our pet has gotten into some household items. 

ItemSpecies AffectedDegree of SeveritySigns & Symptoms
BatteriesCats, DogsModerate-SevereDrooling, Oral pain, Pawing at the mouth, Vomiting, Decreased appetite, Burns in mouth, Fever
DetergentsCats, DogsMild-ModerateDrooling, Burns in mouth, Pawing at the mouth, Inappetence, Vomiting, Lethargy, Difficulty breathing; Cats can receive corrosive injury
Firestarter LogsCats, DogsMild-ModerateDrooling, Vomiting. Loss of appetite, Distended Stomach, Retching; Potentially requires surgery
Gorilla GlueCats, DogsMild-ModerateDrooling, Vomiting, Loss of appetite, Distended stomach, Retching; Often requires surgery
Hand SanitizerCats, DogsMild-ModerateDepression or lethargy, Incoordination, Drooling, Vomiting or retching, Weakness, Collapse, Decreased respiratory rate, Hypoglycemia, Hypotension, Hypothermia
Moth BallsCats, DogsMild-ModerateVomiting, Diarrhea, Inappetence, Lethargy, Walking Drunk, Abnormal fluid accumulation within the body, Potential kidney injury, Tremors, Seizure, Coma, Death

If you suspect your dog or cat has ingested any of the above household items, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately for life-saving treatment advice.

Call Whitesburg Animal Hospital immediately at (256) 882-0950

For After Hour Emergencies:

Call the 24/7 Pet Poison Control Center at (885) 764-7661