As you prepare to welcome a new dog into your home, you may be preoccupied with pet-proofing to keep your canine safe and comfortable. Make sure that in your hunt for danger zones, you don’t overlook the poisonous hazards that are in plain sight.
Your dog is curious and hungry, and if your new pet is a puppy they’re even more mischievous and ravenous. As a result, any number of items in your home can take a good chomping. But there’s a big difference between losing a leather shoe to sharp puppy teeth and your dog ingesting a poisonous plant.
The below items are some of the most toxic foods and plants for dogs, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have concerns about anything your dog ate, call your vet immediately or visit a 24-hour vet clinic for immediate medical attention.
Poisonous Plants for Dogs
Plant lovers may not even think about the dangers their beloved greenery can pose to their dog. But these are common dangers to your pet, indoors and out:
- Aloe vera
- Elephant’s ear
- Emerald fern
- Morning Glory
Poisonous Foods for Dogs
While plenty of pet owners like to joke about their dog being the living, breathing vacuum in their house, allowing your pet to clean up after every meal could be a hazard to their health. Here are some of the foods that can poison your dog:
- Fruit pits and seeds
- Grapes or raisins
- Macadamia nuts
- Onions or garlic
- Sugar-free foods
Holiday Poisons for Dogs
There are certain times of the year when particular plants or food items are available, and the irregularity of these edibles or decorative elements in your household may not make you think twice about the potential dangers they pose to your dog. Holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe, common Christmas plants, are all toxic to dogs. Tulips and the popular Easter lily are highly toxic. When you’re celebrating, whether Fourth of July, Halloween, or Thanksgiving, make sure your dog isn’t exposed to excessive amounts of alcohol or sugar (even if you are brushing his teeth regularly).
Convulsions, labored breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or lethargy are some of the most common symptoms of poisoning. If your dog shows any of these signs, call the pet poison hotline. If possible, have someone else call your vet or emergency vet clinic at the same time so you know what to do right away. Should you have a pet emergency, the Northpointe Veterinary Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for fast and comprehensive care.