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:


    Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen (may damage your pet’s red blood cells)

  • Acetaminophen

    Tylenol (may damage your pet’s red blood cells)

  • Antidepressants

    Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro (can cause serious neurological problems and/or poisoning)

  • ADD/ADHD Medications

    Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin (can cause tremors, seizures, and heart problems)

  • Benzodiazepines and Sleep Aids

    Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta (can cause agitation, lethargy, in-coordination and slow breathing)

  • Birth Control

    Estrogen, Estradiol, Progesterone (can cause bone marrow suppression and estrogen poisoning)

  • ACE Inhibitors

    Zestril, Altrace (can cause kidney failure or heart disease)

  • Beta-Blockers

    Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg (can cause life threatening decreases in blood pressure and a slow heart rate)

  • Thyroid Hormones

    Armour Desiccated Thyroid, Synthroid (can cause muscle tremors, nervousness, panting, rapid heart rate, and aggression)

  • Cholesterol Lowering Agents

    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
  • Over/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