This week is National Poison Prevention Week. As such, it is a great reminder of just how many potential dangers are in our homes. Here we have a list of common household items that are poisonous and dangerous to your pets. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of the following items or others call us right away. 847-256-1131


Potential Hazards in Your Home

Many foods are perfectly safe for humans to consume, but could be extremely harmful and even potentially deadly to your pets. To be safe, keep the following food items away from your pet:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Fatty foods
  • Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast dough
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Salt
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Any foods with molds
  • Any products containing xylitol (an artificial sweetener)


Many common medications that treat human medical conditions can make pets very sick. We recommend that you never give your pet any medication without veterinary instruction. This includes over-the-counter medications. As a rule, all medicines should be tightly closed and stored securely and away from pets.

Medications that pose higher risk include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Diet Pills/Vitamins
  • Cold Medicines
  • Antihistamines
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Antidepressants

To learn more about any potential poison ingestion dangers lurking around your home we urge you to read a complete list put together by the American Veterinary Medical Association. See List Here


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