7 Common Dog Poisons In The Average Home

It’s Poison Prevention Week!

That means it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about poison-proofing your house. A lot of detergents, cleaning products and household items you have in your home are highly toxic to both you and your dog. But that's common sense, right?

After all, you wouldn't take a sip of your floor cleaning product! And letting your dog drink out of your mop bucket would be an even worse idea (maybe consider using something in that bucket that won't harm your dog).

But even if you're not doing these crazy things, it doesn't mean your dog is safe from poisoning.

In fact, there are plenty of items and foods you have in your home right now that could be considered dog poisons. Some of them are so toxic to dogs that they can even be fatal. So, if you want to make sure your dog is safe even when you're not monitoring him 24/7, keep these things out of his reach.

Common Dog Poisons

  1. Grapes and Raisins

Although grapes and raisins are a great, sweet snack for you and your family, they are a typeof food considered to be highly toxic for dogs and can lead to fatal kidney failure. So when you're eating those raisins, make sure not a single piece is left on the floor accidentally because your dog might pick it up pretty fast!

Make sure you know what are the most toxic foods for our canine friends you shouldn't share with your dog.

[RELATED] Obviously there are other foods you should keep away from your dog. This post breaks down a few more that should be avoided.

  1. Pest-control Products

When you're trying to get rid of pests such as snails, mice or rats, pay attention to which kind of pest-control products are you using. Most of these poisons are designed to kill pests, but they also be deadly for dogs. In fact, even a little amount of it when sniffed or ingested can lead to death.

Some of these ingredients include:

  • Bromethalin
  • Zinc and aluminum phosphatides
  • Cholecalciferol (Vitamin-D)
  • Long-acting anticoagulants
  1. Poisonous Plants For Dogs

Dumb Canes or Diffenbachias are common houseplants you can easily find in a lot of homes. Ingesting a leaf of this plant can cause a burning sensation in the mouth, lead to difficulty in breathing and may also result in death.

However, dumb canes are only one among plenty of poisonous plants that can be often found in our homes or close surroundings. Others include:

  • Aloe vera
  • Philodendron
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Elephant ear

  1. Sugar-free Gum And Candy

Sugar-free gum and candy are usually made with xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener that is a healthy sugar alternative for humans. For dogs, however, xylitol is highly toxic and can lead to lethal hypoglycemia as well as liver failure. Spare your dog from unnecessary and irreversible liver damage, and keep your sugar-free gums away from his reach.

[RELATED] Just to be safe, it’s good to know what to do if you suspect xylitol poisoning. Find the symptoms and what to do here.

  1. Medication For Humans

A lot of human medications are potentially toxic to dogs. Never give your dog your own over-the-counter meds. Perhaps you’ve heard that Tylenol can be fatal, and it is, but it isn’t the only one. To be safe, keep all the meds you use in an area where your dog can't access them.

  1. Antifreeze

Pay attention to where you store your antifreeze, especially if your dog has access to your garage. Even a small intake of antifreeze can lead to fatal kidney failure in canines. These products contain an ingredient called ethylene glycol which is quite attractive to dogs for its sweet taste. So, make sure you keep it away from your dog.

  1. Fertilizers

Fertilizers might come in different shapes and forms, but one thing’s for sure – it’s very toxic to your dog. The problem with fertilizers is that they often smell like food to dogs and even sniffing around might lead to some health problems in pups. Never put fertilizers near areas where your dog roams around, and make sure you find other, safer ways of improving your garden.

The same goes for all those lawn chemicals and weed-killers. Just skip them.

Our dogs depend on us to protect them. Sometimes curiosity can’t be helped, so just make sure anything your dog can get into isn’t going to end up harming him!



Kristina is the editor of Barking Royalty, a website where you can find plenty of useful information about canines. She has always been a dog person and had dogs since her early childhood. She's constantly researching and learning about the ways to make dogs healthier and happier. Kristina and her Havanese Paco are inseparable pals and enjoy spending time outdoors.

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