There are many things on this earth both natural and man-made that can be extremely poisonous to dogs. We’ve created a picture slideshow for you that highlights the top 10 dog poisons. Some of these may come as a surprise to you and some you may already know about. We’ve written a separate article that focuses purely on toxic foods for dogs which you can read here. Please take extra care when using or storing any of these products in or around your home to make sure your dog can’t get hold of them and get hurt.
1. Lawn and garden products
Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them.
If ingested by dogs these can cause severe problems. The symptoms depend on the nature of the poison, and signs may not start for several days after consumption. In some instances, the dog may have eaten the poisoned rodent, and not been directly exposed to the toxin.
They may be pretty, but plants aren’t necessarily pet friendly. Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include:
Azaleas and rhododendrons: These pretty flowering plants contain toxins that may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, coma, and potentially even death.
Tulips and daffodils: The bulbs of these plants may cause serious stomach problems, convulsions, and increased heart rate.
Sago palms: Eating just a few seeds may be enough to cause vomiting, seizures, and liver failure.
Though not harmful to people, chocolate products contain substances called methylxanthines that can cause vomiting in small doses, and death if ingested in larger quantities. Darker chocolate contains more of these dangerous substances than do white or milk chocolate. The amount of chocolate that could result in death depends on the type of chocolate and the size of the dog. For smaller breeds, just half an ounce of baking chocolate can be fatal, while a larger dog might survive eating 4 ounces to 8 ounces. Coffee and caffeine have similarly dangerous chemicals.
5. People Food
Your canine companion may look so cute as he sits there begging for a bite of your chocolate cake or a chip covered in guacamole, but not giving him what he wants could save his life. Animals have different metabolisms than people. Some foods and beverages that are perfectly safe for people can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal, for dogs. Some examples are, Chocolate, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins.
6. Household Products, from cleaners to fire logs
Just as cleaners like bleach can poison people, they are also a leading cause of pet poisoning, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems. Not surprisingly, chemicals contained in antifreeze, paint thinner, and chemicals for pools also can act as dog poison. The pet poisoning symptoms they may produce include stomach upset, depression, and chemical burns.
7. Pet Medications
Just as we can be sickened or killed by medications intended to help us, cases of pet poisoning by veterinary drugs are not uncommon. Some of the more commonly reported problem medications include painkillers and de-wormers.
8. Over-the-counter medication
This group contains acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen and naproxen (Advil, Alleve), as well as herbal and nutraceutical products (fish oil, joint supplements).
Flea and tick products. You may think you’re doing your dog a favor when you apply products marketed to fight fleas and ticks, but thousands of animals are unintentionally poisoned by these products every year. Problems can occur if dogs accidentally ingest these products or if small dogs receive excessive amounts.