These 10 Common Household Items Are Potentially Poisonous for Your Dog

Just as you house-proof your home before the new baby begins to walk, you have to consider that a new dog will go after just about anything in the home.  Here are some common household items that are poisonous to dogs.


Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, aspirin, cough and cold syrups, and prescription drugs should all be kept out of the reach of dogs.

Indoor Plants

These can be very dangerous for dogs and should only be kept on a counter high enough so a dog cannot reach for it.  If you have a large dog, you may want to get rid of these plants altogether.  They include: Tulip bulbs, poinsettias, philodendrons, daffodils, lily of the valley, and azaleas.


Dogs have a way of getting into cabinets where the “good stuff” is stored.  These foods are dangerous for dogs: 

  • chocolate
  • yeast
  • grapes
  • onions
  • raisins


These should not be kept in the home, but kept in a locked cabinet or on a high shelf in the garage: rat poison, flea and tick products, and other insecticides. 


These are sometimes kept under the kitchen sink.  Dog-proof the cabinet so that these items cannot be taken out by your dog: bleach, detergent, furniture polish, soap, and disinfectants.


These include lighter fluid, turpentine, antifreeze, gasoline, glue, paint, solvents, and any type of acids.


Try to avoid leaving out a pack of cigarettes that can easily be eaten by a dog.

Household Hazards

Ensure that there are all the electrical outlets in your home are covered; no extension cords are within sight or available for a dog to chew on; all electrical appliances are turned off or unplugged, and small collectable items you have showcased in your home are transferred to the top of an open bookshelf or an enclosed glass cabinet. 

Veterinary Medication

These can be dangerous to your dog if they ingest more than the recommended dose. Ensure your dog cannot access any medication you need to store for further dosage. 

Bathroom Items

Ensure that no bathroom items are left out on the sink or counter.  If you have a cabinet under the bathroom sink, ensure it has a safety lock as well. 

Free Printable Medical And Veterinary Form

Keep all your personal medical details, and those for your working dog, handy on this combined medical and veterinary sheet. 

Make sure to print and carry on days on estates, and when you and your dog are both out together. 

Dogs are a curious animal and they are inherently prone to forage for food or other items they consider chewable toys.  Think of your dog as another child; as dedicated as you are to child-proofing your home, consider dog-proofing as well.  In this way, there is no chance of an accident occurring when you are not home or when you are fast asleep.

For puppies, it’s a good recommendation to keep them in a kennel or crate during the night so that they can sleep peacefully and not roam around the home.  For older dogs, no doubt they will be trained not to attempt to eat something they are not supposed to, or grab something out of a cabinet.

Always err on the side of caution, however.  A simple test would be to get down on your hands and knees and go through your entire home.  This test has been used by those who wish to child-proof their home; looking at it from a child’s perspective.  It is a sound idea, and can be easily used to work out what is a hazard to your dog too. 

What To Do If Your Dog Ingests Anything Harmful

Firstly remove any of the remaining product away from them. Take care not to get it on you if it is not safe to do so. If needed wear gloves and appropriate clothing to ensure you are not contaminated. 

Always call your vet and ask for advice as to what to do. Do not try to make your dog vomit, but if they have done so naturally, try to collect in clean bag for the vet to check. 

More information about the challenges your pet faces when poisoned can be found on the RSPCA website.

To make sure you have all your veterinary details to hand you can use our free printable  

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