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


Post 1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)



Lime/scale remover



Home insect products

Oven/drain cleaners


Foods to avoid feeding your pet:

Alcoholic Beverages


Chocolate (all forms)



Fatty foods

Macadamia Nuts

Moldy or spoiled foods

Onions/Onion Powder



Yeast Dough


Products sweetened with Xylitol

Tea Leaves