Common Household Items Harmful to Dogs

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Common Household Items Harmful to Dogs

Common Household Items Harmful to Dogs

A exclusive by Teresa Barker

Every house has more than a few common items that should be avoided by its canine inhabitants to keep them safe. Some are obvious items, like cleaning supplies, but some aren’t. Here’s a handy room-by-room list of things to keep away from your dog.


  • Coffee grounds
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Onion
  • Chicken bones
  • Rhubarb


  • All human medications are extremely toxic to dogs
  • Bar soap (“natural” soaps are often appealing because of their food-like smell)
  • Shampoo (again, many smell appetizing, which is probably why you bought it!)
  • Creams, lotions, ointments
  • Flavored (and unflavored) dental floss
  • Toothpaste


  • Children’s toys with small parts
  • Play Dough
  • Some crayons, pens, etc.
  • Sleep aides
  • Beauty products kept at bedside

Living Room:

  • Household plants including: Azalea, Devil’s Ivy, many types of ferns, Philodendron, Dracaena, Aloe Vera
  • Seasonal plants including: many types of lily, poinsettia, Christmas rose, mistletoe
  • Remote controls and gaming devices
  • Electrical chords


  • Lawn maintenance chemicals
  • Insecticides
  • Many fertilizers and plant foods
  • Antifreeze (which has a sweet taste to animals)

When in doubt, or if your dog has ingested something questionable, call the ASPCA poison control hotline at (888) 426-4435, which is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, or call your vet immediately.

Keeping these common household items away from your dog could save their life, and can be as easy as “child-proofing” your home. A good rule of thumb is if it’s toxic to kids, it’s probably toxic to dogs. Then add on the lesser-known items to the list, and make sure that they are kept way out of reach from your curious or scent-driven pooch!

November 25, 2016 |
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