Dog Hazards

Follow the recommended guidelines for keeping your dog confined to ensure good house-training and alone time training. This will give you time to dog-proof your home. Pay attention to the following list of common hazards.

Keep Your Dog Safe & Avoid These Common Hazards

Foods or Gum Containing Xylitol
Xylitol is a sweetener used in products like gum, candy, baked goods, toothpaste, and even certain brands of peanut butter. Ingesting it can cause liver failure and seizures.

Car Accidents
Getting hit by a car is one of the leading causes of injury for dogs.

Prescription and over-the-counter medicine should always be stored safely away from pets.

Poisons intended for rats and mice can be toxic if ingested by dogs. Dogs can also be harmed by killing rats or mice who have ingested rodenticide.

Illicit Substances: Marijuana, Methamphetamines, etc.
All drugs—including prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit—should be kept away from pets.

Chocolate and Coffee
Both of these products contain methylxanthines, which are highly toxic to dogs.

Grapes and Raisins
These foods can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Non-Food Objects: Toys, Socks, Undergarments, etc.
Items such as toys, socks, and undergarments can cause intestinal blockage, requiring surgery.

Eating Compost
Decaying and molding compost can be toxic to dogs. Always secure or fence off your compost area.

Eating Toxic Mushrooms
Several different types of mushrooms are poisonous. Keep an eye out while walking your dog, and watch for mushrooms that might grow in your yard.

Onions and Garlic
Ingesting onions or garlic can cause gastrointestinal irritation and lead to red blood cell damage.

If you believe your pet needs emergency care, call (415) 554-3030 and our team will direct you to our emergency services or schedule you an urgent care appointment within 48 hours.

If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, you can reach the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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