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Know Which Foods & Plants can be Poisonous for Cats and Dogs

Have you taken time to assess your home & yard for potential dangers that could harm
your four-legged friends?

Take Charge! It's important to know what can be poisonous for cats and poisonous for dogs if ingested.

Did you know that onions can be extremely poisonous for cats? If not, then there are probably many other pet-toxic substances you're unaware of. Protect your pets from pet health issues caused by poisoning.

Protecting pets from ingesting harmful substances is vitally important as a responsible pet owner; and should never be taken lightly or be overlooked. french bull dogEvery season of the year poses potential hazards for your pets depending on where you live.

The Holidays can be especially challenging since we bring new foods and holiday ornaments into our homes that can be harmful or even fatal to animals.

From Christmas trees with all the trimmings, to Aunt Betty's chocolate brownies, it's important to be diligent to keep your pets safe during the holidays.

Below is a partial list of several potentially hazardous substances according the ASPCA Poison Control Center. Knowing what's poisonous for cats as well as dogs is vital in order to provide a safe environment for your pets all year long.

Have a plan for emergencies and assemble a pet first aid kit for your home. Educate yourself and your family about animal first aid. Keep the Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour hotline number in a visible place that's easily accessible to all family members in case of emergency. 

If you suspect your pet has eaten something harmful, try to note what the substance is, what amount you're pet may have ingested, and his symptoms before calling Animal Poison Control or your veterinarian. 

Substances to keep from your pet's during the
Holiday Season:

  • Christmas tree water which can contain fertilizers, chemicals,
    or bacteriachristmas kitten
  • Electrical cords
  • Tinsel, ribbons or glass balls 
  • Batteries
  • Foods and treats left on counters or within reach of pets
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Hollyberry & Chinaberry plants
  • Privet berries & leaves
  • Red Sage green berries
  • Mistletoe berries
  • Narcissus
  • Oak Acorns and foliage
  • Christmas Rose leaves
    (roots & sap also)
  • Poinsettia leaves & flowers

Foods Your Pets Need to Avoid
Food Type: When Ingested May Cause:
Chocolate, Caffeine vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, possibly death
Alcohol vomiting, difficulty breathing, abnormal cell acidity, death
Avocado contains Persin; a poisonous substance to pets
Macadamia Nuts weakness, depression, vomiting, hyperthermia, tremors
Grapes & Raisins kidney failure, worse in animals with certain health problems
Raw Yeast Dough dough rises in the stomach causing pain or intestinal rupture
Xylitol Sweetener increases insulin; liver failure, hypoglycemia, seizures, lethargy
Onions, Garlic, Chives gastrointestinal irritation, red blood cell damage
Milk Based Products diarrhea and other digestive upset
Salt vomiting, diarrhea, elevated body temperature, seizures, death
For a complete list of foods that may be hazardous see:

Please Note: Raw or undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones -
According to ASPCA information, raw meat & raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli which can be harmful to pets. Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (Vitamin B), which can lead to skin and coat problems.

Additionally, while feeding raw bones may appear to seem natural for dogs, this can be dangerous for domestic pets. Dogs can easily choke on bones, or be injured by bone splintering. Bones can also become lodged in or puncture a pets digestive tract.
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Poisonous Plants to Avoid
Umbrella Plant Yellow Jasmine Tobacco leaves
Lilies Marijuana Hyacinth
Sago Palm Tulip, Narcissus bulbs Hydrangea Leaves
Oleander Azalea, Rhododendron Sweet pea seeds, pods
Castor Bean Cyclamen Daffodil
Kalanchoe Peace Lily aka Mauna Loa Larkspur
Yew Amaryllis Nightshade
Autumn Crocus Chrysanthemum Golden Chain (all parts)
English Ivy Pothos Buttercup
Schefflera Bird of Paradise Caladium
Wisteria seeds & pods Diffenbachia Boston Ivy
For complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants see:

Be Aware & Be Prepared!

Other common household toxic substances to keep away from your pets include anti-freeze, ice melting products, mice & rat bait, fabric softener ragdoll kittensheets and stagnant toilet water which contain harmful bacteria.

Pets should never be given human medications in any amount without the advice of your veterinarian.

Make sure you're aware of what's in your home and around your yard.

What you don't know could harm your pets!

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