Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of wisdom from the doctors

Top poisons for dogs and cats

  1. Chocolate-Dark and bakers are the most toxic. Milk chocolate can be dangerous if ingested in large amounts.
  2. Xylitol-This sweetner is found in sugarless candy and gum.
  3. NSAID-Ibuprofen, naproxen, advil, motrin, aleve are not easily metabolized by dogs and can result in stomach ulcers and kidney failure.
  4. Allergy and cold medications-That contain acetaminophen or decongestants are particularly toxic.
  5. Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)-These can cause internal bleeding and brain swelling even in small amounts.
  6. Grapes and raisins-These foods in cause kidney damage.
  7. ADD and ADHD medications-Can cause seizures, tremors, cardiac problems and death in pets.
  8. Insect baits-These rarely cause poisoning but the plastic casing if swallowed can cause a bowel obstruction.
  9. Glucosamine joint supplements-Overdoses typically cause diarrhea but in rare cases can cause liver failure.
  10. Oxygen absorbers and silica packs-Can cause iron poisoning.
  11. Lilies-Easter, tiger and asiatic lilies cause kidney failure.
  12. Household cleaners-most are fairly safe but concentrated drain cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners can cause chemical burns.
  13. Tuna– Too much tuna whether human grade or cat food can cause mercury poisoning.
  14. Onions, garlic and chives – These foods in animals can break down red blood cells causing anmeia.
  15. Alcohol-Can cause liver and brain damage.
  16. Caffeine-is a toxic to anmals
  17. Antifreeze-causes kidney failure and death.
  18. Yeast dough-causes salt poisoning and swells in stomach.


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