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**Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of everything that is toxic to animals.

Most Common Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet
- Alcoholic beverages – Can cause intoxication, coma, and death
- Avocado - really high in fat and can cause stomach upset, vomiting and even pancreatitis. Second, the pit is also toxic and can get lodged in the intestinal tract leading to a severe blockage, which may require surgery.
- Chocolate (all forms) – Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause toxic effects on the heart and nervous system.
- Coffee (all forms)
- Fatty foods – Can cause pancreatitis.
- Macadamia nuts – toxin is unknown, but can cause lethargy, vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness, and hyperthermia.
- Moldy or spoiled foods – can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea, can also effect other organs.
- Mushrooms – Toxins vary with species. May damage the liver, heart,or kidneys, causing death. Signs usually are seen within 6-8 of ingesting.
- Onions, onion powder, and garlic – Contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can cause anemia. Very small amounts of garlic that are present in some pet foods have not been shown to cause any problems.
- Raisins and grapes – Contains an unknown toxin that may damage the kidneys.
- Salt - May lead to electrolyte imbalances if consumed in large quantities
- Yeast dough – Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
- Products sweetened with xylitol - can develop a fairly sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Warm Weather Hazards
- Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
- Blue-green algae in ponds
- Citronella candles
- Cocoa mulch
- Compost piles Fertilizers
- Flea products
- Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
- Swimming-pool treatment supplies
- Fly baits containing methomyl
- Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde

Medication
Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include:
- Pain killers
- Cold medicines
- Anti-cancer drugs
- Antidepressants
- Vitamins
- Diet Pills

Cold Weather Hazards
- Antifreeze
- Liquid potpourri
- Ice melting products
- Rat and mouse bait

Common Household Hazards
- Fabric softener sheets
- Mothballs
- Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

Holiday Hazards
- Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
- Electrical cords
- Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)
- Batteries
- Glass ornaments

Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats
The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:
- Water-based paints
- Toilet bowl water
- Silica gel
- Poinsettia
- Cat litter
- Glue traps
- Glow jewelry
 

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With the holidays approaching and so many new members, thought I would bump this up for everyone to take a look at, or like me, I have copies of all these importants facts  :)
 

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It is always good to remind ourselves of these hazards. Especially around the holidays when things get a little hectic. Thanks for the post!
 

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I keep activated charcoal capsules in the house in case of a suspected toxin ingestion. Something for emergencies to give on the way to the vet. It may just give you the extra time you need to get them to the vet.

http://www.drmyattswellnessclub.com/charcoalhowto.htm


Peroxide to induce vomiting is another good thing to keep in the house.  

Call the vet first to see it there is anything you can do at home prior to bringing them into the vet.

With some toxins it is good to induce vomiting

With some toxins it is NOT appropriate to induce vomiting.
 
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