Northgate

Animal Hospital

Caring For Your Pets  Since 1978
Phone 937-236-8070

Common Poisons in Dogs and Cats


Xylitol is a sweetener used in some candies and chewing gum. If a dog ingests Xylitol, in as few as 30 minutes, the dog’s blood sugar can drop quickly, resulting in seizures and possible death. Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs. Please check the sweetener used in your gum of choice before having it around your dog.


Tylenol is poisonous to cats. Never give Tylenol to a cat. It affects the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.


Grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs. They can cause kidney failure if ingested in large amounts. Ingestion of a grape or a couple of raisins is probably not going to cause a problem.


Dark chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. A piece or two of milk chocolate is usually not a problem.


Aspirin can be toxic to cats! Never give your cat aspirin unless you contact a veterinarian and inquire about the appropriate dosage.


Antifreeze containing ethylene glycol, if ingested by a dog or cat, can cause irreversible kidney damage. Check your vehicle for antifreeze leaks.


Ingestion of rat or mouse poison (D-Con) can cause fatal internal bleeding in dogs and cats.

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