Common Toxins Found the Kitchen, Bathroom, or Bedroom
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.
|Plant||Species Affected||Part of Food||Degree of Severity||Signs and Symptoms|
|Avocado||Dogs, Cats, Birds, Large Animals||All parts: toxin called persin||Dogs & Cats: Mild|
Other Species: Severe
|Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lack of stool production (obstruction), Pancreatitis|
|Bread Dough||Cats, Dogs||Unbaked bread dough||Mild-Severe||Depression or Lethargy, Drooling, Retching, Vomiting|
|Cherry||Cats, Dogs||All parts other than ripe pulp||Mild-Moderate||Dilated pupils, Difficulty breathing, Bright red gums, Shock, Death|
|Garllic||Cats, Dogs||Drooling, Nausea, Oral irritation, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Abdominal pain|
|Grapes||Cats, Dogs||Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Anorexia|
Drooling, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Incoordination, Tremors, Seizures, Organ Failure
|Xylitol||Dogs||Weakness, Collapse, Vomiting, Tremors, Seizures, Jaundice, Hypoglycemia|
|Chocolate||Cats, Dogs||Vomiting, 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.
|Mediation||Species Affected||Degree of Severity||Signs & Symptoms|
|ACE-Inhibitors||Cats, Dogs||Mild-Moderate; Depending on Dose||Vomiting, Diarrhea, Low blood pressure, Lethargy, Excess drinking/urination|
|Acetaminophen||Cats, Dogs||Moderate-Severe||Lethargy, Swelling of the face/paws, Difficulty breathing, Brown or blue gums, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Jaundice|
|Aspirin||Cats, Dogs||Moderate-Severe||Vomiting, Diarrhea, Bloody vomit, Black-tarry stool, Respiratory changes, Hyperthermia, Seizures, Death|
|Vomiting, Diarrhea, Bloody vomit, Black-tarry stool, Weakness, Pale gums, Abdominal pain, Lethargy, Seizures, Death|
|Sleep Aids||Cats, Dogs||Mild-Moderate||Severe sedation, Agitation, Hyperactivity, Aggression, Panting, Vomiting, Walking drunk, Hyperthermia, Tremors, Respiratory depression|
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.
|Item||Species Affected||Degree of Severity||Signs & Symptoms|
|Batteries||Cats, Dogs||Moderate-Severe||Drooling, Oral pain, Pawing at the mouth, Vomiting, Decreased appetite, Burns in mouth, Fever|
|Detergents||Cats, Dogs||Mild-Moderate||Drooling, Burns in mouth, Pawing at the mouth, Inappetence, Vomiting, Lethargy, Difficulty breathing; Cats can receive corrosive injury|
|Firestarter Logs||Cats, Dogs||Mild-Moderate||Drooling, Vomiting. Loss of appetite, Distended Stomach, Retching; Potentially requires surgery|
|Gorilla Glue||Cats, Dogs||Mild-Moderate||Drooling, Vomiting, Loss of appetite, Distended stomach, Retching; Often requires surgery|
|Hand Sanitizer||Cats, Dogs||Mild-Moderate||Depression or lethargy, Incoordination, Drooling, Vomiting or retching, Weakness, Collapse, Decreased respiratory rate, Hypoglycemia, Hypotension, Hypothermia|
|Moth Balls||Cats, Dogs||Mild-Moderate||Vomiting, 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