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Common Household Items Can Poison Pets
Revised: October 03, 2018
Published: March 19, 2002

The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control lists these products as the most common ones that can poison pets. These are not the only ones, just the most common ones.

Household Products

Carpet fresheners
Carpet Shampoo
Essential oils
Fabric softener sheets
Toilet cleaning tablets
Vinegar and water

Medications and Cosmetics

Petroleum jelly
Aspirin, baby aspirin
Bar soap and face wash
Breath fresheners (Xylitol)
Cigarettes and nicotine patches
Ibuprofen and naproxen
Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol
Mosquito repellent with DEET
Pseudoephedrine (and other nasal decongestants)
Topical creams/ointments (read labels for ingredients)

The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control is available 24 hours a day at 888-426-4435. Expect an initial consultation fee of around $100.00 and additional follow-up is at no charge. You will be assigned a case number your veterinarian can use to communicate with a toxicology specialist before beginning treatment.

If your pet has a HomeAgain microchip, a free poison control consultation is included in the full-service registration. Call 1-888-466-3242.



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