Keep your pet safe from household hazards

The third week of March is National Poison Prevention Week! We’ve put together a list of common household items to keep away from your pets so they stay healthy and safe!

Common household hazards for pets

Several foods, plants, and products found around the home can be hazardous to your pet’s health. Below you’ll find some of the more common household hazards for pets. Protect your pet by keeping these items safely out of reach to avoid accidental contact and ingestion.

Foods to avoid feeding your pets
  • Alcohol
  • Avocados
  • Caffeine
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
  • Currants
  • Garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Milk
  • Moldy food
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts
  • Onions, garlic, and chives
  • Pitted fruits like peaches, plums, and apricots
  • Salt and salty snack foods
  • Star fruit
  • Undercooked meat or eggs, bones
  • Xylitol a sweetener commonly found in chewing gum, mints, toothpastes, etc.
  • Yeast dough
Household products toxic to pets
  • Antifreeze
  • Chemicals and fertilizers used on lawns and gardens
  • Cigarettes and tobacco products
  • Cleaning products
  • Cocoa mulch
  • De-icing salts used to melt snow and ice
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect and pest control products (like insecticides, baits, traps, and poisons)
  • Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs
Plants hazardous to your pets
  • Aloe
  • Azalea
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Begonia
  • Carnation
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daffodil
  • Daisy
  • Geranium
  • Hibiscus
  • Holly
  • Hosta
  • Hydrangea
  • Ivy
  • Lavender
  • Lily
  • Milkweed
  • Mint
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Peony
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb
  • Tulip

Take immediate action if you suspect your pet has come into contact with a household hazard. Contact your veterinarian or local emergency vet, or call a pet poison hotline. Please note that hotlines may require a fee.

Pet Poison Helpline: 855-764-7661
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435
Animal Poison Hotline: 888-232-8870

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline