Common Household Dangers for Dogs

These are everyday items that are in every house. Please make sure they securely stored away of your dog's reach.


  • Insecticides
  • Batteries
  • Fertilisers, plant food
  • Medicine (ibuprofen, naxopren, cardiac medications, cold and allergy medications, antidepressants)
  • Vitamins and Minerals (vitamin D3, iron)
  • Household cleaners
  • Detergents
  • Antifreeze
  • Rat and poison
  • Razors and sharp utensils
  • Needles and nails
  • Exposed electrical cords
  • Small items
  • Mothballs
  • Tobacco
  • String, rubber bands and tooth floss


Food Safety

Dogs cannot properly digest all the foods humans eat. Feeding dogs from the table could lead to sickness and digestive problems (upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea) to more severe cases such as death.

Please keep these foods away from your pets and make sure most of their diet comes from the best quality brand of pet food that you can afford.

  • Alcohol
  • Mushrooms
  • Moulded and spoilt food
  • Fat trimmings
  • Garlic
  • Yeast dough
  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Avocados
  • Coffee
  • Grapes
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Onion, lees and chives
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Lollies and bubble gum
  • Toothpaste
  • Cat food
  • Be careful with chicken bones and frames as they splinter
  • Cooked bones


Poisonous Plants

Pet Poison Helpline holds a database that contains all toxic substances, foods and plants, check it out if you want to go in detail.

Below a list of the 10 most common poisonous plants.

  • Marijuana - Animals who attempt to snack on this plant can suffer serious consequences such as diarrhea, vomiting, increased heart rate, drooling, in-coordination, and even possibly seizures and coma
  • Sago Palm - While the seeds and nuts of this plant are most poisonous, the entire plant is toxic.  Animals ingesting parts of this plant may suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, depression, seizures and liver failure
  • Lilies - Plants of the lily variety are very poisonous to cats.  Even very small amounts of this plant could cause serious kidney damage
  • Tulips - The toxic portion of this plant is the actual bulb, which can cause drooling, central nervous system depression, gastrointestinal irritation, cardiac issues and convulsions
  • Azalea - The toxins in azalea plants can be very severe and potentially cause drooling, diarrhea, vomiting, central nervous system weakening and depression, and in some cases possibly coma or death
  • Oleander - All portions of this plant are poisonous and can cause gastrointestinal irritation, hypothermia, heart problems and possibly death
  • Castor Bean - Poisoning as a result of this plant can cause abdominal pain, drooling, diarrhea, vomiting increased thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.  More serious cases could also lead to dehydration, tremors, seizures, twitching muscles, coma and possibly death
  • Cyclamen - The most poisonous portion of this plant is located in the root.  Ingestion of the plant can cause severe vomiting and gastrointestinal irritation.  In some cases death has been reported as a result
  • Kalanchoe - Ingestion of this plant can cause gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac rhythm and rate problems
  • Yew - Poisoning as a result of the yew plant can affect the nervous system and cause in-coordination, trembling and breathing difficulties.  It may also result in gastrointestinal irritation, cardiac failure and could possibly lead to death


Signs of Poisoning

Be realistic about quantities, if a large dog ate a small piece of chocolate he is not going to suffer or react.

Call your vet immediately if you notice a change in behaviour or anything listed below after eating poison. When it comes to poisoning, the sooner you treat your dog or cat, the better the outcome.

If you’re not sure if your pet requires immediate medical attention, call one of these Queensland based 24 hour vet clinics in your area for triage advice:

3359 5333 Pet Emergency Brisbane
1300 232 838 Animal Emergency Centre (Woolloongabba and Gold Coast)
4032 9999 Cairns Vet After Hours
5559 2221 Animal Emergency Service Gold Coast

Gastrointestinal signs

  • drooling
  • excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • inappetance
  • nausea

Internal bleeding

  • Coughing of blood
  • Vomiting blood
  • Pale gums
  • A racing heart rate
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Collapse

Kidney failure

  • Halitosis (“uremic” breath)
  • Inappetance
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Absence or decreased urination

Liver failure

  • Jaundice/icterus/yellow discoloration to the gums
  • Weakness or collapse secondary to a low blood sugar
  • Dull mentation, acting abnormally
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Black-tarry stool (melena)


Sources and more information: Pet Poison Helpline, Pet Poison Helpline - list of toxic things to petsExpertise Pet Safety Guide,


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