Toxic Products at Home for Dogs | Poison Prevention Week 2019

This week (March 18th-24th 2019) is Poison Prevention Week, which is a week that is meant to raise awareness of the risk of being poisoned by household products that hide in plain sight including medicines, peroxides, chemicals, plants, food, fumes, and pesticides.

Most of the week’s events are based around protecting small children from getting into something that could harm them. Here at Travall, we want to draw special attention to our furry, four-legged children – because they need protecting too!

If you’ve got a dog that is notorious for sticking their nose where it shouldn’t be, they are risking getting into something that could really harm them one day. Thousands of pets swallow toxic products every year resulting in poisoning or chocking. Thanks to PetSmart, we were able to gather the following list to draw attention to dangerous items that could be lying around the house that your dog could get into.

puppys getting into things

If you’re a dog, or other pet, gets a hold of any of these, keep a close eye on them and call your vet or an Animal Poison Control Center immediately. 

Over the counter meds

  • Aleve
  • Motrin
  • Tylenol
  • Human vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies
  • Acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory 

Prescription medication

  • Antidepressants: Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro
  • ACE inhibitors: Zestril, Altace
  • ADD/ADHD medication: Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin
  • Benzodiazepines and sleep aids: Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta
  • Birth-control pills
  • Beta-blockers: Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg
  • Cholesterol-lowering agents: Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor
  • Hormones: Estrogen, estradiol, progesterone
  • Thyroid medication: Amour Thyroid, Synthroid
dog eating trash


  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Foxglove
  • Hyacinth
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lily
  • Mistletoe
  • Oleander
  • Poinsettia
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palm
  • Tulip

Chemicals and objects

dog licking toxic dishwasher
  • Antifreeze
  • Bait Traps
  • Batteries
  • Blood meal
  • Compost
  • Drain cleaner
  • Fertilizer
  • Foam insulation
  • Foil
  • Insecticide
  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Pennies
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Saltwater
  • Tar
  • Toads (depending on the species)
  • Lead paint
  • Zinc
dangerous foods for dogs


  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Avocado
  • Baby food
  • Bread dough
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee or coffee grounds
  • Dairy products
  • Fatty foods (including fat from meat; many kinds of nuts)
  • Garlic
  • Meat Drippings
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Milk
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapes
  • Onion
  • Raisins
  • Raw meat
  • Spinach
  • Sugarless gum
  • Sugarless candy
  • Unripe tomatoes
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener)

If your dog consumes any of these items, or you think your dog may have eaten them, call your vet immediately. Storing these items in places that dogs can not get into can also help prevent consumption, or even locking them in a cabinet. Whatever you must do, try your very best to keep your dog safe and save yourself lots of money on vet bills!

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