Common Items That Are Poisonous to Pets

March Is Poison Prevention Awareness Month. This is one topic that we take very seriously! Our furry friends are very curious, and they love investigating things. However, Fluffy and Fido can’t read warning labels, and really don’t know what is and isn’t safe for them. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica area, a local Carrollton, GA vet lists some things that are toxic to pets.


Many popular plants are poisonous to Fido and Fluffy. While some may only cause a mild tummy upset, others can be fatal if ingested. For instance, Sago palms are extremely toxic to dogs, while lilies can be deadly for cats. Poinsettias, daffodils, pokeweed, and tulips are also unsafe. The ASPCA has an extensive list of both safe and unsafe plants here. Check the plants you have in your home and yard, and remove anything that isn’t pet-safe.


The average home contains many poisonous chemicals. Things like cleaning agents, drain cleaners, soap, gasoline, automotive products, paints, turpentine, dyes, detergents, and aerosols are all toxic to your furry pal. Keep these products well out of paws’ reach. Your pet could get sick just by walking through a spot you recently treated, and then licking their paws!

Garden Products

Pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and fungicides are also unsafe. When applying these products, immediately water the treated area, so the product seeps into the dirt.


Poisonous snakes, toads, and spiders are also dangerous to pets. Keep cats indoors, and don’t let your dog sniff around areas that could be housing wild critters.


Many of our favorite foods are toxic to pets. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruit; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados; and xylitol are all unsafe. Trash is also a concern here. Fido has been known to rummage through the garbage in hopes of scoring leftovers!

Warning Signs

Some common signs of poison ingestion in pets include vomiting, diarrhea, reduced appetite, and irregular heartbeat. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags! We also recommend printing a pet first-aid brochure, and keeping it with your pet’s first-aid kit. You may want to save the ASPCA Pet Poison Hotline number, which is 1-855-764-7661. (Note: Charges may apply.)

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Carrollton, GA vet clinic! 

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