Posted Date: June 22, 2009
Competitor, dog trainer, and author Angelica Steinker recently lost one of her dogs to a toxic substance, and she doesn't want you to do the same. Co-authored by Dr. Rachel Kelly.
This article is in memory of a Minature Pinscher named Turbo who ingested an amanita-type mushroom in the yard and died of liver failure. Within 72 hours he went from happy and joy-filled to arresting in intensive care despite the heroic efforts of Dr. Rachel Kelly and also Dr. Miryam Reems, a critical care Veterinarian at Florida Veterinary Specialists. Neither a blood transfusion nor plasma could save his life.
Common Things Toxic to Animals
1. Chocolate - Dark chocolate is the most dangerous as it contains the most cocoa, the ingredient that is hazardous to animals. Macadamia nuts are also toxic to animals.
2. Grapes - Grapes contain a toxin that can cause kidney failure. Raisins are equally dangerous. Onions in general are toxic to animals.
3. Xylitol sweetner - This is found in gum and candy and can also destroy an animal's liver. This substance is highly toxic even in small quantities. It is suggested to not purchase or store any gum or candy with Xylitol if you own an animal.
4. Poisonous mushrooms - This is the type of mushroom that killed Turbo. Many plants are also poisonous to animals.
5. Bufo toads - If your animal has contact with a toad, flush his mouth out being sure that the water runs out of his mouth, not to the back of his throat.
6. Poisonous snakes - Most emergency clinics store anti-venom. Rush your animal to the vet as soon as possible if he has been bitten by a snake.
More Things That Can Be Toxic to Animals
Certain lizards and snakes
Animal and plant poisons
Coal and wood tar derivatives
Engine cleaners/frost removers
Paint and varnish
Pine oil disinfectants
Suntan lotions - zink ointment
Tire repair products
Windshield washer fluid
Athlete's foot remedies
Citrus oils and pennyroyal
Medicated products for dogs
Many medications that are safe
for humans are toxic to animals
Some Poisonous Plants
Bird of paradise
Lilly (various species)
Sago palm seeds
Pet Poison Helpline: 800-213-6680 (per case $35 fee for use)
This article is not a substitute for veterinary care. Please consult your own veterinarian for more information.
Angelica Steinker owns and operates Courteous Canine, Inc., a full service dog school including dog sports in Lutz, Florida. She is the author of Click and Play Agility and Agility Success. Her school recently added in the first dog dock jumping pool in the state of Florida. See www.AngelicaSteinker.com for more info.
Photos by author.