Common household items that are toxic to pets

Toxic items to pets

Did you know that the following items are harmful to your pet??

Chocolate

  • Onion and garlic – can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, anaemia and asthma attacks.
  • Caffeine (i.e. coffee & tea bags) – can cause restlessness, heart palpitations and can be fatal
  • Chocolate – contains theobromine which can cause rapid heart rate, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle tremors, restlessness, nerve damage and can be fatal
  • Macadamia nuts – causes vomiting, lethargy, muscle tremors and temporary paralysis
  • Avocado – contains a dangerous toxin that can damage the heart, lungs and tissue
  • Nutmeg – can cause dogs to suffer from tremors, seizure and can be fatal
  • Dairy (i.e. milk, cheese, yogurt) – can cause diarrhoea and can lead to pancreatitis
  • Mushrooms – can cause liver and kidney damage if consumed. They may also cause abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, convulsions, coma and can be fatal
  • Sultanas/raisins and Grapes – can cause kidney failure.
  • Cooked bones – if consumed can splinter and cause a full or partial obstruction in your pet’s gastrointestinal system
  • Raw egg, raw chicken & raw fish – may contain bacteria such as salmonella that causes vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature and lethargy
  • Stone fruit pips – if consumed can get caught and cause a full or partial obstruction in your pet’s gastrointestinal system
  • Fatty meats (e.g. ham & bacon)– can cause pancreatitis or a gastrointestinal upset as too fatty for your pet to handle
  • Socks, underwear and women’s sanitary items – if consumed can get caught in your pet’s gastrointestinal system
  • Elastic bands, string/ribbon, plastic bags – if consumed can get caught in your pet’s gastrointestinal system
  • Pain relief medications e.g. nurofen or paracetamol – can cause liver damage, kidney damage, anaemia, stomach ulcer, vomiting/diarrhoea, bleeding and clotting problems, seizures and can be fatal
  • Human vitamin supplements – can be toxic to the liver and damage the lining of the stomach
  • Household chemicals such as fertilizer, snail and rat bait, antifreeze, cleaning products containing ammonia etc. (even if listed as pet friendly!) – can lead to internal bleeding, convulsions and will be fatal unless treated
  • Insecticides – flea washes and powders (toxic to cats)
  • Lilies (cats) – the leaves, flowers and pollen are toxic to cats and cause renal (kidney) failure if exposed to it. This can be fatal
  • Poisonous plantsg. azaleas, hydrangeas, foxglove, poinsettias, etc.

 

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items, please contact local Ivanhoe Veterinary Clinic immediately on 9499 3691.

NOTE: If you still have the packet or wrapper of the toxic item, bring this to your appointment as it can be quite handy in determining the level/extent of toxicity.

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