Thursday, April 28, 2011

Toxicity of Common Household Items

Yes, we love our dogs ... but boy can they find creative ways to get into trouble! When I visit the emergency clinic, a large percentage of the calls we get are about things that the dog has gotten into, and the owner wants to know whether or not to worry. Chewing on things is a normal part of "puppyhood", and many times the things our dogs eat are not dangerous. Still, you can expect to see some vomiting and maybe even a little diarrhea when your dog eats something that is not "food". So, before you rush your pooch to the vet, check out this list of non-toxic items that dogs often eat. If your dog chews or eats small amounts of any of the items on this list, you do NOT have to worry unless the object becomes lodged in the stomach or intestines, causing an obstruction.

Acrylic paint

Ballpoint pens

Bath oil

Birth control pills

Bubble bath soaps



Citronella candles




Elmer's glue

Fabric softeners

Glow jewelry

Hair conditioner

Hand lotion


Indelible markers



Magic markers

Mineral oil

Modeling clay

Newspaper - non-colored

Pencils (no longer made of lead)

Petroleum jelly



Rubber cement


Shaving cream



Suntan lotion


Teething rings


Water colors

This article is courtesy of Dr. Jon of*

As always, these tips should not ever be used as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your veterinarian, and if your pet has a medical problem, such as a blockage or obstruction as mentioned above, we urge you to seek competent medical care.

Alice England


Art and Sew Forth said...

What a list! What possesses a dog to eat some of those things is beyond me! But really good to know - save on the vet bill!

Pup Fan said...

Really useful info - thanks!

Giupetto and Gianna Tails said...

Thanks Alice. This list is very usefull. You are right, you never know what they will find to chew up.

nancy said...

I thought/heard that toothpaste was sometimes sweetened with an artificial sweetener that could be harmful