More Things That Kill Dogs If They Eat It

Common Pet Poisons to Beware of

My dog chewed on an industrial mouse poison bait trap. I have no idea where he got it but I found it in our gated and locked back yard. He was scheduled for his annual vet visit anyway, so it was well times. I should have brought the mouse poison along with the stool sample so I had to call my husband to read me the information off the box.

The vet said that the mouse poison works by congealing the blood and that the best thing to do is:

1) Make your dog vomit. Hydrogen peroxide is effective. If this doesn’t work (and it didn’t), the vet has a shot.

2) Test the blood twice over an hour period. If the blood is thickening, then the dog goes on Vitamin K therapy.

Strangely, the mouse exterminations showed up the next day for their inspection. It wasn’t their mouse bait; they don’t leave it outside and their box is much smaller. He did say that our 80 pound dog (4 pounds overweight!) would have to eat hundreds of his mouse bait to die though which made me feel a little better. Still, we have no idea what kind of bait was in that commercial mouse bait casing.

The Pet Poison Hotline has released a list of the top 10 most common dog emergencies in 2011, providing insight into the poisons dogs most frequently ingest. Call 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center 800-213-6680 if you have questions.

The items, in order of frequency include:

  • Foods such as chocolate, xylitol (ingredient in sugar-free gum), grapes and raisins
  • Insecticides including lawn/household sprays, bait stations and spot-on flea and tick treatments
  • Mouse and rat poison
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory human drugs such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen
  • Household cleaners, detergents and polishes
  • Human antidepressant drugs, which include Prozac, Paxil, Celexa and Effexor
  • Lawn fertilizers like bone meal, blood meal, and iron-based products
  • Human cough and cold medications such as Tylenol
  • Amphetamine human drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta
  • Veterinary pain relievers like Rimadyl, Deramaxx and Previcox

I also have a more comprehensive list of Things That Will Kill Dogs If They Eat It and Plants and Foods Deadly to Cats.

The Pet Poison Hotline, based in Minneapolis, also compiled a list of the top 10 breeds that required assistance:

  1. Mixed breeds
  2. Labrador Retrievers
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. Chihuahuas
  5. Yorkshire Terriers
  6. Dachshunds
  7. Shih Tzus
  8. Boxers
  9. Beagles
  10. German Shepherds

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Ann

    That is so scary! Poor doggy.

    I really don’t like baits and insect poisons. I always think of the animals. I guess that is why my yard is one giant ant hill!
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  2. Good. Thank you for sharing about dog food.

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