Quiz: Do You Know What’s Poisonous to Pets?


This week is Poison Prevention Awareness Week, so we’re testing your knowledge of the dangerous substances that might be around your home. Did you know that certain foods, chemicals, and even plants can be toxic to pets? Find out which ones!

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Which beverages are dangerous to pets?

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Caffeine can be very dangerous to pets, so never let them get a sample of your coffee or tea, and make sure coffee grounds or tea bags in the trash are closed away if you have a curious dog. Caffeine poisoning can result in hyperactivity, vomiting, seizures, and collapse. Call your vet and poison control immediately if these symptoms occur.

Alcohol can cause a pet to drool, vomit, and even go into a deadly coma. And since pets are much smaller than people, alcohol poisoning can happen a lot faster.

Which common plants are dangerous to pets?

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All of these flowers and plants can have adverse affects on pets. Lilies can cause severe kidney failure in cats if ingested while poinsettias cause less trouble, but will still make a pet vomit. Learn more about the many flowers and plants that should be kept well away from pets.

Dogs are more likely to gobble chocolate than cats.

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Unlike cats, who cannot taste the sweetness of chocolate, dogs can develop a taste for this potentially toxic treat. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which are poisonous to pets.

If you're giving your pet a treat of cooked chicken, turkey, fish, or meat, how should it be cooked?

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Vegetable oil and nothing else

Cats and dogs should never have foods dressed with salt, garlic, or onions. (And of course, they shouldn't have salt, onions, or garlic alone either.) The sulfoxides and disulfides in garlic and onions are poisonous for pets. If your pet eats too much salt, it can lead to dehydration and sodium ion poisoning.

Instead, if you're treating your pet with a bit of cooked meat, simply fry or bake it in a small amount of oil. Take a look at our treat recipes for tips.

Which kind of candy is okay for pets?

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Too much sugar is not a good idea for pets, and sugar-free sweeteners are very dangerous. Ingestion of more than 0.1 grams of xylitol can cause a very serious and life-threatening type of low blood sugar for your dog within 10 minutes of them eating it.

Which fruits are no-nos for pets?

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Apricots, cherries, peaches, and raisins

Sliced apples, as long as you discard the seeds, are okay for pets. Bananas can make a great snack for dogs.

But the pits of apricots, cherries, and peaches all contain cyanide, so it's best to keep these fruits away from your pets.

It is not currently understood what about grapes and raisins is toxic for dogs, but even a small mouthful of grapes or raisins could cause your dog much discomfort: vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.

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