Toxins

Products Toxic to Dogs and Cats

Your dog or cat doesn't necessarily have to eat or drink something to ingest it. Whatever his paws or body come into contact with can be swallowed when he is grooming himself. If your dog shows signs of poisoning, such as trouble breathing, seizures, a rapid or slow heartbeat, drowsiness, drooling, or bleeding from the anus, mouth or nose, try to determine exactly what substance he ingested and call your veterinarian, an animal emergency clinic, or the Animal Poison Control Center.

  • acetone
  • ant/bug traps and baits
  • anti-flea treatments
  • antifreeze
  • antihistamines
  • anti-rust agents
  • antiseptics
  • arsenic
  • aspirin (ASA)
  • bath oil
  • battery acid
  • bleach
  • boric acid
  • brake fluid
  • carbolic acid (phenol)
  • carburetor cleaner
  • chocolate (especially dark or bitter types)
  • cleaning products
  • crayons and pastels
  • dandruff shampoo
  • de-icers (to melt snow)
  • deodorants
  • deodorizers
  • detergents
  • diet pills
  • disinfectants
  • drain cleaner and opener
  • dry-cleaning fluid
  • dyes
  • fertilizer
  • fire-extinguisher foam
  • fireworks
  • fungicides
  • furniture polish
  • gasoline and motor oil
  • glue and paste
  • hair coloring
  • heart pills
  • herbicides
  • ibuprofen
  • insect and moth repellents
  • insecticides/pesticides
  • kerosene
  • laxatives
  • lead (also found in paint, ceramic, and linoleum)
  • lighter fluid
  • liniments
  • lye
  • matches
  • medications
  • mercury
  • metal polish
  • mineral spirits
  • mothballs and repellents
  • nail polish and remover
  • onions
  • pain relievers
  • paint
  • paint remover and thinner
  • perfume
  • permanent-wave lotion
  • photographic developers
  • pine-based cleaners
  • pine-oil products
  • plaster and putty
  • rat/rodent poisons
  • road salt
  • rubbing alcohol
  • rust remover
  • shoe dye and polish
  • sleeping pills
  • snail or slug bait
  • soap and shampoo
  • solder
  • solvents (e.g. turpentine)
  • stain removers
  • swimming pool products
  • suntan lotion with cocoa butter
  • toilet bowl cleaners
  • weed killers
  • windshield-washer fluid
  • wood preservatives