Are you aware that many
common household and garden plants
can be deadly to your dog?

Click here to view the Gallery of Toxic Plants

Symptoms of Poisoning

paw_red[1] Excessive salivation
paw_red[1] Abdominal pain
paw_red[1] Diarrhea
paw_red[1] Vomiting
paw_red[1] Gastro-intestinal disorders
paw_red[1] Lack of appetite
paw_red[1] Tremors
paw_red[1] Convulsions
paw_red[1] Seizures

Top 10 Dog Poisons

1. Chocolate
2.  Rodenticides (Mouse/Rat poisons)
3.  Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen
Household Cleaners
Fertilizers/Plant Food
Grapes and Raisins
Dewormers (Cattle/horse)

 *Pet Poison Helpline

Top 10 Breeds
whose Owners call the
Pet Poison Helpline

1. Mixed Breeds
2.  Labrador Retrievers
3.  Golden Retrievers
Yorkshire Terriers
Shih Tzus
German Shepherds

 *Pet Poison Helpline

Common Household Items Toxic to Dogs

Are you looking to adapt your home, ready to take in a new, purebred dog? Maybe you have bought one or adopted one, but want further advice on how to make your house a safe and fun environment for dogs. One thing that many new owners forget is the cleaning products we use around the home.

We all know what health risks toxins such as mesothelioma-causing asbestos can have on our children and ourselves, but let’s not forget that dogs operate at a lower level. Not only are they closer to the ground, but they spend a lot of time sniffing around it and interacting with it on a level beyond just walking. This means they are in a prime position to sniff up any toxins and harmful substances.

It is essential, therefore, to carefully consider what substances exist in and around the house, how to protect your dog from them, and what better cleaning solutions there are out there. PennJersey, a Pennsylvania-based cleaning company have produced a guide to teach dog owners the risks of household toxins. It covers common toxins, the problems of cleaning products and waste, and offers sensible solutions for making a more dog-friendly environment.

Aspartame found in sugarless gum has been linked to at least one dog death recently.

Liquid Laundry Detergent gave one dog severe burns requiring sedation and treatment over several days. The dog chewed his way into the detergent which then spilled into his crate. He was found bleeding after being in the detergent for several hours.

Cacao Bean Mulch, sold by many home improvement centres, contains a lethal ingredient called “Theobromine”. It smells like chocolate and is the ingredient that is used to make all chocolate — especially dark or baker’s chocolate — which is toxic to dogs also. A dog that ingested a quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Chocolate as mentioned above, the toxic ingredient in chocolate is Theobromine. The dark or semi sweet baker’s chocolate is particularly dangerous for your dog. Keep all sweets and chocolate out of reach!

Raisins/Grapes are severely toxic. As few as 7 can cause vomiting, acute kidney failure, and death. Please don’t feed these to your dog as a treat.

Raw Fish Salmon Poisoning Disease is a potentially fatal condition seen in dogs that eat certain types of raw fish. Salmon and other fish that swim upstream to breed can be infected with a relatively harmless parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola. However, the parasite itself can be infected with an organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. It’s this microorganism that causes salmon poisoning. If untreated, death usually occurs within fourteen days of eating the infected fish. Ninety percent of dogs showing symptoms die if they are not treated.

“Salmon poisoning occurs most commonly west of the Cascade mountain range,” says Dr. Bill Foreyt, a veterinary parasitologist at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He adds, “Canids (dogs) are the only species susceptible to salmon poisoning. That’s why cats, raccoons and bears eat raw fish regularly with out consequence.” Symptoms of salmon poisoning occur within 6 days and include vomiting, lack of appetite, fever, diarrhea, weakness, swollen lymph nodes, and dehydration.

Greenies A warning from one of our web visitors…..

On the way back from the Dobe National this year, I was walking one of the dogs at the airport waiting for the owner to return our rental car when the dog decided to throw up…..I was shocked to see a mass of green rubber-like material and immediately called the owner. The mass looked like something you would see in the pad under a carpet. I was assured the dog did not shred anything…and that the only thing the dog had been given to eat recently was a “Greenie”…one of those formed green dog treats that look like a toothbrush…..I couldn’t believe one of those pressed dog treats would reconstitute into what looked like a mass of foam rubber pieces!

Well, after getting home my friend did an experiment….cut up one of those things and soaked it in water overnight….low and behold a mass of foam rubber junk! Certainly NOT digestible! We both made a note to never feed those things again…and then last night in the Seattle area the local KIROTV newscast did a piece on…you guessed it GREENIES! A whole story about how dogs are DYING from blockages after eating those stupid things! Turns out they are NOT 100% digestible!

Sugar free gum‘s active ingredient, xylitol, causes dogs to secrete insulin so their blood sugar drops very quickly. This is quickly followed by liver failure. If that occurs, even with aggressive treatment, it can be difficult to save the dog. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/xylitol.asp

Gallery of Toxic Plants

Aloe vera

Rhododendron spp

Buddhist Pine
Podocarpus macrophylla

Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema modestrum

Cornstalk Plant
Dracaena frangrans massangeana

Narcissus spp

Dieffenbachia Gold
Dieffenbachia picta

Dracaena (Red Margined)
Dracaena marginata

Elephant Ears
Caladium hortulanum

Gladiolas species


Hyacinthus oreintalis

Ivy (Glacier)
Hedera helix Glacier

Jerusalem Cherry
Solanum pseudocapsicum

Lily (Calla)
Zantedeschia aethiopiea

Macadamia Nut
Macadamia integrifolia

Mauna Loa Peace Lily

Syngonium podophyllum

Nerium oleander

Philodendron (Heartleaf)
Philodendron scandens oxycardium

Philodendron (Saddle Leaf)
Philodendron selloum

Precatory Bean
Abrus precatorius

Satin Pothos
Scindapsus pictus

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Brunfelsia australis

Amaryllis sp

Bird of Paradise
Caesalpinia gilliesii

Caladium hortulanum

Christmas Rose
Helleborus niger

Crocus (Autumn)
Colchicum autumnale

Day Lily
Hemorocallis dumortirei

Dieffenbachia (Spotted Dumbcane)
Dieffenbachia picta

Dracaena (Striped)
Dracaena deremensis

Emerald Fern
Asparagus densiflorus

Green Gold Nephthytis
Syngonium podophyllum


Hydrangea macrophylla

Needlepoint Ivy

Ivy (Needlepoint)
Hedera helix Needlepoint

Kalanchoe spp

Lily (Glory)
Gloriosa superba

Madagascar Dragon Tree

Madagascar Dragon Tree
Dracaena marginata

Phoradendron spp

Nightshade (Black)
Solanum nigrum

Allium spp

Philodendron (Lacy Tree)
Philodendron selloum

Philodendron (Split Leaf)
Philodendron pertusum

Rhododendron spp

Philodendron spp

Yucca sp


Andromeda Japonica
Pieris japonica

Bittersweet (American)
Celastrus scandens

Castor Bean
Ricinus communis

Clematis sp.

Lilium umbellatum

Devil’s Ivy
Epipremnum aureum

Dieff (Tropic Snow Dumbcane)
Dieffenbachia amoena

Dracaena (Warneckei)
Dracaena dermensis


Flamingo Plant
Anthurium sp


Heavenly Bamboo
Nandina domestica

Iris sp.

Ivy (Sweetheart)
Hedera helix Sweetheart

Lace Fern
Microlepia strigosa

Lily (Red)
Lilium umbellatum

Marble Queen Pothos
Epipremnum aureum

Morning Glory
Ipomoea spp

Nightshade (Deadly)
Solanum dulcamara

Philodendron (Cutleaf)
Monstera deliciosa

Philodendron (Red Emerald)
Philodendron ‘Red Emerald’

Plumosa Fern
Asparagus plumosus

Ribbon Plant
Dracaena sanderiana

Tomato Greens
Lycopersicon spp

Asparagus Fern
Asparagus sprengeri

Bittersweet (European)
Solanum dulcamara

Chinaberry Tree
Melia azedarach

Philodendron oxycardium

Cyclamen spp

Dieffenbachia (Charming)
Dieffenbachia amoena

Dracaena (Gold Dust)
Dracaena godseffiana

Dumb Cane

Digitalis purpurea


Ilex spp

Ivy (English)
Hedera helix

Japanese Yew
Taxus sp

Lily (Asian)

Lily of the Valley
Convalaria majalis

Cannabis sativa

Mother in Law’s Tongue
Sansevieria trifasciata

Nightshade (Silverleaf)
Solanum elaegnifolium

Philodendron (Fiddle-Leaf)
Philodendron bipennifolium

Philodendron (Red Princess)
Philodendron ‘Red Princess’

Euphorbia pulcherrima

Sago Palm
Cycas cirinalis

Tulip sp

Some plants have more than one name.

Check the list here for these plants:

Angel Wings see: Caladium
Asparagus Fern see: Plumosa Fern
Australian Nut see: Macadamia Nut
Ceriman see: Philodendron (Split Leaf)
Corn Plant see: Cornstalk Plant
Dieffenbachia (Variable) see: Dieffenbachia Picta
Dracaena (Straight Margined) see: Dracaena (Red Margined)
Emerald Feather see: Emerald Fern
Florida Beauty see: Dracaena (Gold Dust)
Fruit Salad Plant see: Philodendron (Split Leaf)
Golden Pothos see: Devil’s Ivy
Hurricane Plant see: Philodendron (Split Leaf)
Ivy (Branching) see: Ivy (English)

Lily of the Valley Shrub see: Andromeda Japonica
Mexican Breadfruit see: Philodendron (Split Leaf)
Narcissus see: Daffodil
Panda see: Philodendron (Fiddle-Leaf)
Peace Lily see: Mauna Loa Peace Lily
Philodendron (Horsehead) see: Philodendron (Fiddle-Leaf)
Philodendron (Variegated) see: Devil’s Ivy
Queensland Nut see: Macadamia Nut
Swiss Cheese Plant see: Philodendron (Split Leaf)
Taro Vine see: Devil’s Ivy
Yew see: Japanese Yew