Pet Hazards in the Home

Under no circumstances should any medication be given to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Below are the top harmful human medications most frequently ingested by pets:

NSAIDS: e.g. Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen (may damage your pet’s red blood cells)

Acetaminophen: e.g. Tylenol (may damage your pet’s red blood cells)

Antidepressants: e.g. Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro (can cause serious neurological problems and/or poisoning

ADD/ADHD medications: e.g. Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin (can cause tremors, seizures, and heart problems)

Benzodiazepines and Sleep Aids: e.g. Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta (can cause agitation, lethargy, in-coordination and slowed breathing)

Birth Control: e.g. Estrogen, Estradiol, Progesterone (can cause bone marrow suppression and estrogen poisoning)

ACE Inhibitors: e.g. Zestril, Altrace (can cause kidney failure or heart disease)

Beta-Blockers: e.g. Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg (can cause life threatening decreases in blood pressure and a slow heart rate)

Thyroid Hormones: e.g. Armour Desiccated Thyroid, Synthroid (can cause muscle tremors, nervousness, panting, rapid heart rate, and aggression)

Cholesterol Lowering Agents: e.g. Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor (can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and serious side effects with long term use)

 

Common Household Hazards:

Fabric softener sheets

Mothballs

Post 1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

Bleach

Lead

Lime/scale remover

Disinfectants

Detergents

Home insect products

Oven/drain cleaners

 

Foods to avoid feeding your pet:

Alcoholic Beverages

Avocado

Chocolate (all forms)

Coffee

Caffeine

Fatty foods

Macadamia Nuts

Moldy or spoiled foods

Onions/Onion Powder

Raisins/Grapes

Salt

Yeast Dough

Garlic

Products sweetened with Xylitol

Tea Leaves