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Common Toxins To Dogs, Cats and Chickens

May 11, 2010

Many people think of cleaners, pesticides and "people" prescriptions and some over-the-counter medicines being toxic to animals, however, there are many foods and plants that are common in and around our homes toxic to our animal friends as well. The following is in no way a complete list, but a list of those items most commonly found. Additionally, some of the items are toxic in larger doses than others, but it's safest to keep them away from your cats, dogs and chickens altogether.

Common Foods and Plants Toxic to Cats and Dogs:
- avocado
- alcohol
- onions
- garlic
- grapes and raisins
- chocolate, coffee, tea, and any caffeine
- macadamia nuts
- mushrooms
- nutmeg
- salt
- yeast dough
- xylitol (artificial sweetener)
- hops
- apple seeds
- aloe vera
- amaryllis
- azalea
- begonia
- easter lilly
- hydrangea
- lily of the valley
- poinsettia
- christmas tree pine needles
- potato, eggplant, and tomato plant
- rhododendron
- rhubarb leaves

Common Foods and Plants Toxic to Chickens:
- raw potatoes and peels
- avocado
- citrus fruits
- rhubarb leaves
- chocolate/caffeine
- apple seeds
- onions
- garlic
- mushrooms
- alcohol
- potato, eggplant, and tomato plants/leaves
- salt
- mistletoe or holly berries
- raw beans
- nutmeg
- sweet pea plant
- tobacco
- stone fruit pits
- asparagus
Check with your veterinarian if you have questions regardingthese or other toxins. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your animal has ingested any of the items listed.





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