Eltham Veterinary Practice
644 Main Road
Eltham Victoria 3095 AU
03 9439 8650
reception@elthamvet.com.au

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Household Poisons

Human pain relief such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen are the most common causes of toxicity in dogs and cats.

Overview

Poisoning can occur when a toxic household product is ingested, inhaled or absorbed.

Signs

General signs of poisoning:

  • Salivating
  • Twitching or tremors
  • Agitation
  • Panting
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Skin burns
  • Weakness
  • Loss of balance

Causes

There are many household products that are poisonous to our pets. If your pet gains access to the following list of household products, seek veterinary attention immediately.

Common household poisons:

  • Ant Poisons
  • Antifreeze
  • Battery acid
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Cleaning products
  • Crayons
  • Deodorants
  • Drain cleaner
  • Dye
  • Fertilizer
  • Flea products
  • Heavy metals (lead, zinc)
  • Insecticides
  • Matches
  • Pain medication such as ibuprofen
  • Paint remover and thinner
  • Perfume
  • Rat bait

Management

The above list is not an exhaustive list of food products. If you are unsure, contact your veterinarian.

Tips

If your pet shows signs of poisoning such as increased salivation, tremors, difficulty breathing, collapse, seek veterinary attention immediately.