Top 10 Poisons for DOGS, Beware These Dangerous Toxins

Top 10 Poisons for DOGS

Following is a list of the top 10 poisons for DOGS, according to the Pet Poison Helpline.  If you suspect that your dog has ingested or been exposed to a toxic substance, call your veterinarian, a nearby emergency animal hospital, or call the 24/7 Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680. You can also download their Pet Poison Help iPhone app here.

Top 10 Poisons for Dogs - Keep your dog away from these dangerous toxins.

Top 10 Poisons for DOGS – Beware

1.  Chocolate  

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are both classified as methylxanthines. These compounds can cause hyperactivity, increased heart rate, tremors, and potentially death. The more bitter the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Bakers and dark chocolate are the most toxic, and milk chocolate can be dangerous if ingested in large amounts.

2.   Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar substitute common in sugar-free chewing gum and many other products and can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia and liver damage in dogs.

3.  NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve, can cause Gastrointestinal problems, ulcers, and kidney failure.

4. Over-the-counter Cough, Cold and Allergy Medications

Many of these preparations contain acetaminophen (a painkiller) and pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine (decongestants) and are highly toxic.

5.  Rodenticides

Rat and mouse poison can contain inactive ingredients that are appealing to dogs. Aside from eating the poison itself, dogs can also become sick from eating a rodent that has ingested the poison. Exposure to rat and mouse poison can cause bleeding, seizures, and kidney damage.

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6.  Grapes and Raisins

Even in small amounts, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.

7.  Insect Bait Stations

The danger here is primarily bowel obstruction when a dog swallows the plastic shell that contains the bait.

8.  Prescription ADD/ADHD Drugs

These drugs are amphetamines that can cause tremors, heart problems, seizures, and death in pets.

9.  Glucosamine Joint Supplements

These supplements are often flavored to appeal to dogs and have limited toxicity. However, although overdoses usually produce nothing more dangerous than diarrhea, in rare cases liver failure can result.

10.  Oxygen Absorbers and Silica Gel Packs

Oxygen absorbers are found in packages of pet treats, beef jerky, and other consumables.  They contain iron that can cause iron poisoning in dogs. Silica gel packs are the small white packs found in new shoes, purses, and backpacks.


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3 thoughts on “Top 10 Poisons for DOGS, Beware These Dangerous Toxins”

  1. OMG! I give my poodle a lot of these things including chocolate. Thank you so much for shareing. Wouldn’t want nothing to happen to my baby!

  2. This is very good information that I had no idea. Thank you so much, I wouldn’t know what to do if I accidentally harmed one of my canine kids.


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