Dog and food toxic to him.

Our furry friends frequently explore the world around them by licking and tasting, and since they have sharp teeth that can chomp right through many containers, we need to be especially mindful about keeping toxic substances out of paw’s reach. 

With help from the ASPCA, your friends at Evendale Blue-Ash Pet Hospital  have compiled these pointers to help you understand and protect your precious pets from common pet toxins. 

Medications and Pets Don’t Mix

The ingestion of medications accounts for most of the calls to the Animal Poison Control Center. Common culprits include over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen, cold medications, and herbal supplements; and prescription drugs like those used to treat ADHD, antidepressants, and heart medications. NEVER administer a drug to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Keep all medications (including those prescribed for your pet), vitamins, and herbal supplements inside a cabinet.  

Toxic Foods

Just because we eat it, doesn’t mean that our pets should. In fact, many “people” foods are highly toxic—even deadly—for pets. The following foods, among others, are absolutely off-limits to pets:

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol (a sugar substitute)
  • Protein bars
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and garlic
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana edibles
  • Raw or undercooked meat

Common Household Items

The blue paint on that roller might not look or smell appetizing to you, but a curious kitty or dog might be tempted to give it a taste. If ingested, glues and other adhesives that expand can cause life-threatening blockages. Many household cleaning products also contain dangerous chemicals. And it sounds obvious, but products intended to kill should be kept away from pets, including rodenticides, insecticides, ant traps, bug sprays, and foggers. Store all poisonous substances on high shelves and don’t use them around your pets. 

Toxic Plants

Indoor, outdoor, garden plants, and flower bouquets can all be sources of pet toxins. Most of the severe cases, according to the ASPCA, involve cats and lilies. Comprehensive lists of toxic and nontoxic plants are available on the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control website, but here are some common toxic plants:

  • Aloe
  • Azalea/Rhododendron
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Marijuana
  • Easter Lily
  • Oleander
  • Sago palm
  • Tulips

Lawn and Garden Products

Many soil enhancements applied to lawns, gardens, and flower beds contain pet toxins. Fertilizers made from bone meal or blood meal can be particularly tempting to pets. Ingesting these substances can cause an intestinal blockage or lead to pancreatitis. Keep your pets off the lawn when working with fertilizers.

We understand that in spite of our diligence, accidents can happen. If you think that your pet has ingested a toxic substance, please contact us immediately at (513) 563-0410 or call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.