What Is Toxic To Cats & Dogs? A Comprehensive List

Wondering if any of your household cleaners or go-to snacks are toxic to pets? The answer is likely yes. Here's a list of what is toxic to cats and dogs.

Courtney Elliott

Updated March 09, 2023 • Published March 09, 2023

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What Is Toxic To Cats & Dogs? A Comprehensive List

As pet parents, as much as we try to avoid it, sometimes our pets get their paws on things they shouldn't—and in some cases, those things can be poisonous. 

Each year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center compiles a list of the top ten pet toxins from the previous year. Although the 2022 report has not yet been released, the 2021 report reveals how dangerous common household items and pantry staples can be to your furry friend.

Top ten pet toxins of 2021

  1. Over-the-counter medications—ibuprofen, vitamin D, and herbal supplements

  2. Prescription medication for humans—cardiac medications, antidepressants, and ADHD medication

  3. Food—xylitol, protein bars and shakes, onions, garlic, grapes, and raisins

  4. Chocolate

  5. Plants

  6. Household toxins—paint, beauty, and cleaning products

  7. Veterinary products—joint and calming chews

  8. Rodenticides

  9. Insecticides

  10. Garden products

While this list includes the most common toxins from the previous year, this is by no means an exhaustive list of the potential poisons that can affect your pet. The below list includes both edible and non-edible toxins that pet parents should be aware of.

Keep in mind that some of these toxins are more dangerous than others, and factors such as the amount ingested, your pet’s weight, and any underlying health conditions they have can also influence outcomes after ingestion. Some of the toxins also affect cats and dogs differently, so if you think your pet ingested any of the following, it's important to talk to a vet.

What is toxic to cats and dogs?

Edible toxins for pets

  • Chocolate

  • Alcohol

  • Caffeine

  • Grapes and raisins

  • Avocados

  • Garlic

  • Onions

  • Xylitol (often in gum)

  • Medication for humans or another pet

  • Macadamia Nuts

  • Walnuts

  • Hops (used in home beer brewing)

  • Chives

  • Cherry pits

  • Apple seeds

  • Mustard Seeds

  • Tobacco products

  • Yeast products

Non-edible toxins for pets

  • Antifreeze

  • Ice melting products

  • Insecticides and pesticides

  • Lawn fertilizers and weed killers

  • Fabric softener sheets

  • Cocoa mulch

  • Blue-green algae

  • Mothballs

  • Liquid potpourri

  • Rodent bait

  • Paint and solvents

  • Household cleaners

  • Swimming pool chemicals

  • Play dough and salt dough

Flowers and plants that are toxic to pets

  • Almond Tree

  • Aloe Vera

  • Amaryllis

  • Apricot Tree

  • Caster Bean

  • Cherry Tree

  • Chrysanthemum

  • Cyclamen

  • Corn Plant

  • Daffodil

  • Daphne

  • Dogbane

  • English Ivy

  • Foxglove

  • Golden Pothos

  • Hibiscus

  • Hyacinth and Tulip (especially the bulbs)

  • Hydrangea

  • Jonquil

  • Kalanchoe

  • Lilies

  • Mother-in-Law Tongue

  • Mountain Laurel

  • Mushroom plants

  • Narcissus 

  • Nectarine Tree

  • Paperwhite

  • Oleander

  • Peach Tree

  • Philodendron

  • Plum Tree

  • Poinsettia

  • Rhododendron and Azalea

  • Rosary Pea

  • Sago Palm

  • Schefflera

  • Stinging Nettle

  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Plant

  • Yew Bush

It's important for pet parents to know what to do if their pet ate something toxic. Signs of toxic ingestion include diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, hyperactivity, collapse, seizures, drooling, and more.

If you think your pet has ingested any of the above toxins, contact a veterinarian and call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. 


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