Common Home Pet Poisons

pet poisons


What do Lilies, Ibuprofen and Clorox have in common?  They are all common pet poisons that are in lurking in your home.  March 16-22 is National Animal Poison Prevention Week.  This is a perfect time to make yourself aware of the pet poisons that are in your environment. 

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 61 Poison Control Centers across the United States and more than 90% of these occur in the home. 




Here is a list of the top pet poisons:

1.  Human or Veterinary Drugs:  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen top this list.  Acetaminophen is especially toxic to cats and one tablet can be fatal.  Other drugs on the pet poisons list include antidepressants, pseudoephedrine (found in many cold medicines), Methylphenidate used to treat ADHD, a variety of medications used to treat cancer and diabetes.

2.  Poisonous Plants:   Many plants are toxic to animals.  In cats, ingestion of a few petals, pollen and even water in the vases of lilies can be fatal.  Amaryllis, mums, azaleas, rhododendron, Sago Palm, English ivy, tulips, and daffodils are some other common poisonous plants that may be in your environment.  Visit this ASPCA site for a complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

3.  Insecticides, Chemicals, and Pesticides:  These type of pet poisons are more commonly seen during the warmer months.  Some topical flea and tick preventatives can be toxic and even fatal to cats so check the label or ask your veterinarian which products are safe for cats.

4.  Household cleaners:  Bleach, toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergent, drain cleaners and any products containing ammonia are toxic to pets.

If you think your pet has been poisoned it is important to immediately contact Guthrie Pet Hospital or a Pet Poison Helpline.  The two numbers listed below are available 24/7 year round.

ASPCA Poison Control Center:  1-888-426-4435 ($65 consultation fee may apply)

Pet Poison Helpline:  1-800-213-6680 ($35 consultation fee may apply)

It is important to always have the following information available when you call about your pet’s potential poisoning:

  • species, breed, age, sex, weight
  • symptoms/signs of your pet’s poisoning
  • name, strength, and amount ingested (have the product container/packaging available for reference)
  • the time elapsed since the time of the exposure

Be safe and have an enjoyable spring by protecting your pet from these common pet poisons.  Write down the emergency numbers and keep them in a handy spot for quick reference.


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