Common Toxins

Common Toxins
  • Human food
  • Plants
  • Rodenticides
  • Xylitol
  • Illicit drugs
  • Hit by cars
  • Fractures
  • Cactus spines
  • Bite Wounds
  • Lacerations/Wounds
  • Neurologic injury
  • Snakebite wounds
  • Limping
  • Pain
Other Emergencies
  • Trouble breathing
  • Seizure
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Difficult Labor
  • Bleeding
  • Difficult urination
  • Collapse
  • Eye problems
  • Heatstroke
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea
Critical Patients
Transfer Patients

Human Foods

There are many human foods that are toxic to our pets. Most people know that chocolate is toxic to animals, but there are several other foods that are dangerous as well. Some of these include grapes/raisins (which can cause kidney failure in dogs), onions, garlic, alcohol, etc.


A large number of medications (both human and veterinary, prescription as well as over the counter) have the potential to cause toxicity in animals. Some medications are more dangerous than others.


There are numerous varieties of plants that are toxic to animals. Some particularly dangerous ones of note include lilies (which causes kidney failure in cats), Sago Palm (which can cause liver failure), and Oleander (which causes severe gastrointestinal signs, heart complications, and sometimes neurological signs as well).


Any product that is used to control rodent populations can also cause toxicity in companion animals.


Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is found in many types of sugarless gum as well as some toothpastes and other oral care products, sugarless candies, recently a brand of peanut butter, etc. This product can cause extremely low blood sugar resulting in seizures as well as liver toxicity.

Illicit Drugs

Most illicit drugs will cause toxicity to animals in varying degrees.

If your pet has consumed or been exposed to any of the above, please contact your family veterinarian, AMSC, or a veterinary poison control service to discuss what treatment is required. At AMSC we are experienced with and prepared to treat all of the toxins listed above and more.

We encourage you to call ASPCA line for getting more information on toxicities if needed.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435