How to Avoid Pet Poisoning

Chart of toxic foods for dogs. Also available without text.

Pet poisoning is an emergency situation that needs veterinary attention as soon as possible. Here is the top 10 list of most common poisoning seen among cats and dogs according to the America Pet Poison Helpline. America Pet Poison Helpline


  1. Topical spot-on insecticides
  2. Household Cleaners
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Lilies
  5. Insoluble Oxalate Plants
  6. Human and Veterinary NSAIDs
  7. Cold and Flu Medication
  8. Glow Sticks
  9. ADD/ADHD Medications/Amphetamines
  10. Mouse and Rat Poison


  1. Chocolate
  2. Mouse and Rat Poisons
  3. Vitamins and Mineral
  4. NSAIDs
  5. Cardiac Medications
  6. Cold and Allergy Medications
  7. Antidepressants
  8. Xylitol
  9. Acetaminophen
  10. Caffeine Pills

If a pet is suspected to have ingested poison, here are the important steps that could save your pet’s life:

1) Do not panic. It is never wise to consult Dr. Google before consulting a veterinarian as this may delay the time to seek proper veterinary care.


2) Note the symptom and time e.g. vomiting, seizure. Seek veterinarian care as soon as possible

3) Identify the possible toxin that your pet may ingested. Keep the package of the toxin for vet.

Although some pets who had ingested poison may still look normal but that does not mean that they are safe. It is crucial that veterinarian care is sought immediately. Lastly, prevention is better than cure. Thus it is best to prevent this from happening by knowing the types of poisoning that could be harmful to our pets and place it out of reach from them.


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