Thank you to the ASPCA for providing this information on home and holiday dog hazards.
If you think your dog has been exposed to a harmful substance, consult your veterinarian or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435.
Household Items That Are Hazardous To Dogs
Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Meds · Acetaminophen (pain relievers like Tylenol) · Cold and Flu Medications · Antidepressants · Vitamins · Home Insect Products · Diet Pills · Disinfectants · Fabric Softener · Lead · Lighter Fluid · Mothballs · Anti-cancer Drugs · Solvents (paint thinners, etc.) · Rat and Mouse Bait · Bleach · Liquid Potpourri · Slug and Snail Bait · Oven Cleaner Sprays · Lime/Scale Removers · Fly Bait · Detergents · Tobacco Products · Flea and Tick Products · Drain Cleaners
Common Plants That Are Hazardous To Dogs
Aloe · Amaryllis · Andromeda Japonica · Asian Lily · Asparagus Fern · Australian Nut · Autumn Crocus · Azalea · Belladonna · Bird Of Paradise · Bittersweet · Black Locust · Branching Ivy · Buckeye · Buddhist Pine · Caladium · Calla Lily · Castor Bean · Ceriman · Cordatum · Corn Plant · Cycads · Daffodil · Daylily · Devil’s Ivy · Dieffenbachia · Easter Lily · Elephant Ears · Emerald Fern · English Ivy · Eucalyptus · Ferns · Fiddle-Leaf Philadendron · Florida Beauty · Foxglove · Glacier Ivy · Gladiolas · Heavenly Bamboo · Honeysuckle · Hurricane Plant · Hyacinth · Hydrangea · Iris · Jerusalem Cherry · Jimson Weed · Kalanchoe · Lantana · Lilies (all species) · Lily Of The Valley · Lupine · Marble Queen · Morning Glory · Mother-In-Law · Mountain Laurel · Narcissus · Needlepoint Ivy · Nephthysis · Nightshade · Oleander · Panda · Peace Lily · Philadendron · Poison Hemlock · Precatory Bean · Privet · Red Emerald · Rhododendron · Ribbon Plant · Sago Palm · Satin Pothos · Schefflera · Striped Dracaena · Sweetheart Ivy · Tulips · Water Hemlock · Wisteria · Yew · Yucca
Common Foods That Are Harmful To Dogs
Avocados · Chocolate (all forms) · Coffee (all forms) · Onions and Onion Powder · Gum / Candies · Tea Leaves · Garlic · Grapes · Raisins · Macadamia Nuts · Raw Yeast Dough · Alcoholic Beverages · Moldy / Spoiled Foods · Salt · Fatty Foods · Xylitol Sweetener
Common Objects That Are Harmful To Dogs
Balls (specifically balls that are small or have a smooth outer coating) · Sharp Objects · Bread Twist Ties · Buttons · Cotton Swabs · Rubber Bands · String or Yarn · Dental Floss · Wax · Glass · Hair Pins · Jewelry · Nylons · Paper Clips · Plastic Wrap · Socks · Towels · Batteries · Coins
Areas Around The House That Can Be Hazardous To Dogs
Balconies .. Tall balconies without safety railings, or railings spaced too far apart, can lead to a dangerous or even fatal fall.
Bath Tubs and Sinks .. Small pets can drown in full bathtubs or sinks.
Electrical Cords .. Your dog can be electrocuted if they chew on electrical cords.
Fireplace .. Your dog can be burned by the flames or get sick if they eat the ashes.
Toilets .. Toilet water is not healthy for your dog to drink. Always remember to close the lid or the bathroom door. Make sure you leave plenty of clean, fresh water for your dog.
Washer and Dryer .. Your dog can crawl into a washer or dryer without your knowledge. Always close the doors to these appliances when they are not in use.
Dog Hazards Outside The Home
Algae .. Can be found in ponds or other bodies of water. Certain forms can be toxic.
Antifreeze / Coolants .. Some types of antifreeze or coolant products contain ethylene glycol. Even in small amounts, it can be highly toxic to dogs.
Firepit / Grill .. Flames can result in serious burns and ashes can cause illness if ingested.
Fences or Gates .. Your dog can run away of they find openings in damaged fences or gates. They can also get hurt or strangled if the get stuck.
Deck Lattice .. Your dog can get stuck in the openings under your deck and possibly get strangled.
De-icing Salts .. Some formulations may contain chemicals that are hazardous to dogs if ingested in large amounts. Look for “pet-friendly” de-icing salts.
Compost (particularly if moldy).
Cocoa Bean Shell Mulch Fertilizer
Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs .. Never leave your pet unattended near uncovered pools, even if they can swim.
Dog Hazards During The Holidays
Flowers and Candy .. Many types of flowers and plants found in bouquets are harmful to dogs if they are ingested (see our list above of hazardous plants). Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and, in severe cases, chocolate poisoning can be fatal.
Fake Grass .. This colorful “grass” may look appetizing to your dog, but it could cause them to choke or obstruct their intestines if ingested.
Small Toys and Other Plastic Items .. If swallowed, small toys and plastic Easter eggs can cause your dog to choke or even damage their intestinal tracts.
Fourth Of July
Fireworks .. Fireworks can scare your dog and possibly make them run off. They can also cause serious injuries if detonated near them. Many of the formulations used in fireworks are also toxic to your dog if they ingest them.
Doors .. Repeatedly opening doors to greet trick-or-treaters can increase the chances of your dog running out. Keep an eye on their whereabouts at all times. If feasible, keep them in a secure area or closed room when answering the door.
Candles .. Dogs are naturally curious. They may be attracted to the bright light of candles in dark areas. They could either burn themselves by the flame or knock the candles over and cause a fire.
Xylitol .. Candy or gum sweetened with xylitol is toxic. Keep them away from your dog.
Chocolate .. All forms of chocolate can be harmful to your dog. Ingestion of chocolate can result in poisoning or even pancreatic inflammation from high fat content.
Bones .. Turkey, chicken and other small animal bones are very different from the large bones you find at the pet store. These small bones splinter easily and can cause serious internal damage if swallowed.
Hot Containers .. Your dog will most likely become curious when they smell something cooking. Keep an eye on hot containers so that they do not tip them and get burned.
Holiday Plants .. Christmas Rose, Holly, Lilies and Mistletoe are all toxic to dogs.
Ribbons .. It may look adorable, but placing a ribbon around your dog’s neck could cause them to choke.
Fire Salts .. These contain chemicals that could be harmful to your dog.
Angel Hair (spun glass) .. Can be irritating to eyes and skin and could cause intestinal blockage if swallowed.
Christmas Tree Water .. Stagnant tree water or water containing preservatives could result in stomach upset if ingested by your dog.
Decoration Hooks .. These can cause blockage and / or trauma to gastrointestinal tracts if your dog swallows them.
Styrofoam .. Can cause your dog to choke if it is swallowed.
Ornaments .. These can look like toys to a dog. They can cause serious injury though, especially if your dog breaks or swallows them.
Tinsel .. Tinsel can cause injury or internal blockage if your dog swallows it.
Balloons and Confetti .. These New Year’s party decorations can cause your dog to choke or obstruct their intestines if ingested. Keep an eye on your dog when they’re around these items or move them to an area that is not decorated.
Loud Noises .. New Year’s is typically a noisy holiday. Unfortunately, loud noises frighten dogs and can cause them to run off.