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Aspirins and other pain relievers common in most homes can be poisonous to pets.   Never give acetaminophen (Advil, Tylenol and the like) to a dog or cat.  The drug produces abdominal pain in dogs and affects the blood oxygen levels in cats, producing severe depression.  Never give your pet a dose of "ALEVE" (naproxen). Call the Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital immediately should your animal ingest medication or a toxic substance.

Many lawn and garden pesticides are neurologically poisonous to pets.   These may include insecticidal aerosols, dips and certain shampoo products.   Additionally, using a flea control product that is intended for dogs on a cat can result in poisoning.

Sugar free gum and candy also contains a product called "Xylitol" that is poisonous to your pets.

Coumarins (D-Con) are rat and mouse poisons that affect the blood's ability to clot.   Your pets can be affected in the same way, even if they eat a mouse that has been poisoned.   If your pet ingests these products, contact the Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital immediately.

Poison Control www.aspca.org/pet-care/poisoncontrol
1-800-213-6680

The list below is a guide to common house and garden plants and foods that are toxic to most animals.

Toxic Foods:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocados (leaves, seeds,stem, fruit, skins) - birds, dogs and pocket pets
  • Caffeine
  • Castor Beans (Ricinus communis) seeds
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Garlic (Allium spp.) bulbs, bulbets, flowers, stems
  • Grapes
  • Macademia Nuts
  • Moldy food
  • Nutmeg
  • Onions (Allium spp.) bulbs, bulbets, flowers, stems
  • Onion powder
  • Raisins
  • Salt

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  • Aloe (Aloe spp.) sap
  • Almond (Malus spp.) kernel of pit
  • Amaryllis Bulb (Brunsvigia rosea) bulbs
  • Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) kernel of pit
  • Avocados (leaves, seeds,stem, fruit, skins) - birds, dogs and pocket pets
  • Azalea (Rhododendron spp.) leaves & honey from flower nectar
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) nuts & twigs
  • Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) leaves
  • Cherry (Prunus spp.) (kernel in the pit)
  • Choke Cherry (Prunus spp.) (unripe berries & kernel in the pit)
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Crocus Bulbs (Colchicum spp.) entire plant
  • Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) bulb
  • Daisy (Chrysanthemum spp.) sap
  • Dumbcane (Diffenbachia spp.) leaves
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  • Foxglove (purple) (Digitalis purpurea)
  • Garlic (Allium spp.)
  • Holly (Ilex spp.)
  • Hyacinth Bulbs
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) flower bud
  • Iris (Iris spp.) rootstock
  • Japanese Pieris
  • Jimson Weed
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilly of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) whole plant, including smoke from burning & water in which plants were placed
  • Marijuana  (Cannabis sativa) leaves & stems
  • Mistletoe (Phoradendron spp.)
  • Misletoe Berries
  • Morning Glory (Gloriosa spp.)  entire plant
  • Mushrooms, Posionous (Amanita spp.) entire fungus
  • Onion (Allium spp.) blubs, bulbets, flowers, stem
  • Poinsetta (Euphorbia pulcherrima) leaves & stems
  • Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron spp.)
  • Potato (Solanum spp.) (immature fruit)
  • Tomatoes (leaves and stems)
  • Tobacco Products
  • Trumpet Vine (Datura arborea) foliage & seeds
  • Tulip (Tulipa spp.) bulbs
  • Yew  (Taxus spp.) most parts of the plant, including seeds but not the red aril

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