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    Dangerous substances for household pets (cats and dogs)

    Another of my reference posts.

    Some basic guidelines:
    1. Try to identify what has been eaten and the amount.
    2. DO NOT induce vomiting unless directed
    3. Do not induce vomiting if petroleum distillates (can cause chemical pnumonia) or corrosives (can cause more damage coming up) have been ingested.
    4. To induce vomiting, use a dilute hydrogen peroxide solution, salt water, mustard and water solution or ipecac syrup.
    5. Bring the animal to the vet.
    6. DO NOT go "cross species" with medications (I mean if you got worms would you use your horse's wormer? I didn't think so.) (i.e. do not use human/equine medications on your pets <asperin is OK>)
    Household Toxins:
    1. Chocolate, toxic compound: methylxanthine/
      Theobromine/Caffeine, toxicity: 6 oz can poison a 12# cat
    2. Tylenol, toxic compound: acetaminophen, toxicity: 1 extra strength tablet (500 mg) can kill a 7# cat
    3. Pennies, toxic compound: zinc
    4. Mothballs, toxic compound: naphthalene or paradichlorobezine, toxicity: 1 or 2 mothballs can be life threatining
    5. Automotive antifreeze, toxic compound: ethylene glycol, toxicity, 1 teaspoon can kill a #7 pound cat *DANGER* May have sweet taste, thus attractive to dogs or small children *DANGER*
    6. potpourri oils, fabric softener sheets, automatic dishwasher detergents, toxic compounds: cationic detergents that could cause corrosive lesions
    7. batteries, toxic compound: strong acid or alkali
    8. homemade play dough, toxic compound: salt
    9. instant hand warmers, toxic compound: iron
    10. Pesticides, toxic compound: varies (Most commonly found: insecticides: malathion, diazinon. herbicides: glyphosate. rodenticides: warfarin or salts)
    Plants toxic to cats:
    • Almond
    • Amaryllis
    • Angel's trumpet
    • Apple seeds
    • Apricot
    • Arrowhead fern
    • Asparagus fern
    • Autumn crocus
    • Avocado
    • Azalea
    • Baby's breath
    • Balsam Pear
    • Beech
    • Belladonna
    • Bird of paradise
    • Bittersweet woody
    • Black locust
    • Boston ivy
    • Boxwood
    • Buckeye
    • Buttercup
    • Cactus
    • Caladium
    • Calla lily
    • Castor bean
    • Cherry
    • China Berry
    • Chinese evergreen
    • Christmas trees
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Coral plant
    • Coriaria
    • Creeping Charlie
    • Creeping fig
    • Crown of thorns
    • Daffodil
    • Daisy
    • Datura
    • Day lily
    • Delphinium
    • Dieffenbachia
    • Easter lily
    • Elderberry
    • Elephant ears
    • English ivy
    • English yew
    • Foxglove
    • Geranium
    • Golden chain
    • Ground cherry
    • Hibiscus
    • Holly
    • Honeysuckle
    • Hyacinth
    • Hydrangea
    • Impatiens
    • Indian rubber plant
    • Iris
    • Ivy
    • Jack-in-the-pulpit
    • Japanese yew
    • Jasmine
    • Jerusalem cherry
    • Kalanchoe
    • Larkspur
    • Laurel
    • Lily of the valley
    • Majesty
    • Malanga
    • Marijuana
    • Mistletoe
    • Moonweed
    • Morning glory
    • Mother-in-law's tongue
    • Mushroom
    • Narcissus
    • Nephthytis
    • Nettle
    • Nightshade
    • Norfolk pine
    • Nutmeg
    • Nux vomica
    • Oleander
    • Onion
    • Peach
    • Periwinkle
    • Philodendron
    • Poinsettia
    • Poison hemlock
    • Pokeweed
    • Potato
    • Rhododendron
    • Rhubarb leaves
    • Schefflea
    • Skunk cabbage
    • Spinach
    • Sweet pea
    • Tobacco
    • Tulip
    • Virginia creeper
    • Water hemlock
    • Weeping fig
    • Wisteria
    • Yew
    • Yucca

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    Another quick tip. Walgreens and many pharmacies carry liquid activated charcoal. For "Caustic" substances, this is what we use to stop absorption and what I was told, it can deactivate some substances as well.

    It is an essential item for any and all poison kits. Animal and Child.
    Nothing like seeing nature from the back of a horse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blistering Winds
    Another quick tip. Walgreens and many pharmacies carry liquid activated charcoal. For "Caustic" substances, this is what we use to stop absorption and what I was told, it can deactivate some substances as well.

    It is an essential item for any and all poison kits. Animal and Child.
    I've also heard that in in desperate situations, burnt toast can be used (It's porous and mostly carbon). But if you have activated charcoal use that.

    Some don't with activated charcoal:
    1. Do not ANY type except the medical kind. (No aquarium charcoal, no filter granules, no other kind EXCEPT the medical type.)
    2. Do not induce vomiting after the activated charcoal is administered.
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    Yes, PLEASE don't do the aquarium type.

    Or the cat box type. (I have charcoal filter on my catbox)
    Nothing like seeing nature from the back of a horse!

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    Exclamation Poinsetta Urban Legend

    A note about poinsetta:

    Poinsettia's reputation as a poisonous plant is false, it came from some unconfirmed reports early in the century. The myth came from a report in 1919 that a 2 year old child died after eating (allegedly) poinsetta (that report was false) and it being a member of the spurge (Euphorbia) family (there are some VERY poisonous members of that family). However, it's probably best to keep it out of reach of pets and children. It won't really be very dangerous but it may cause stomach upset.

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    One note about that yucca on the list? Yucca is sold quite frequently for dogs with arthritis issues (I was considering it for a while but for the little bottle and it's price, it was a better deal to buy a bigger bottle of glucosamine for the same price)
    Some people are like slinkies...not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.

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    Another thing about older rat poisons, they are far dangerous than the newer ones, they may have things like Thallium Sulfate, White Phosphorous, Coumpound 1080 or Compound 1081 (salts of fluoroacetic acid), or alumininum phosphide. However these were banned sometime ago, so you don't have to worry too much about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie_Dog
    One note about that yucca on the list? Yucca is sold quite frequently for dogs with arthritis issues (I was considering it for a while but for the little bottle and it's price, it was a better deal to buy a bigger bottle of glucosamine for the same price)
    It said toxic plants for CATS. For dogs, I really don't know.

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    Also grapes and mustard can make dogs very sick and at times can be fatal.

    Also Yucca is ok for dogs. A lot of the holistic foods are now putting it in and a lot of senior formulas have it in the food.

    Also for cats DONT give them canned tuna. Most have WAAAYYY too much salt and it can damage the cat badly since they cant digest or handle that much.

    Milk is also not good for cats and dogs. Most are actually lactose intolerant and they can become very sick from it.
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    You also have potato, sweet pea, and hunnysuckle on the list.

    Potato is actually a really good dog treat, but only if cooked. Im not sure for cats.
    Sweet pea Im not sure if you meant the flower or the veggie but the veggie kind are ok. I have customers who feed them as a treat, raw and cooked, to dogs. Then again im not sure for cats either.
    And hunnysuckle I actually sell at my store for cats and other small animals. The store dogs even steal chunks sometimes. Its completely safe for them unless they eat the whole chunk or something. then again im not sure if you meant like the raw tree or dried out chunks.
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