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Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Dangerous Foos

Please contact your vet right away if you think your dog ate something dangerous! 

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24 Hour Phone Number: 888-426-4435

Pet Poison Help Line: 855-764-7661  

(incident fee may apply)

Pets & Toxic Plants

There are over 400 species of plants that are toxic to pets! 

To view a full list visit: ASPCA Poisonous Plants List

Please contact your vet right away if you have any concerns of your dog being poisoned! 

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24 Hour Phone Number: 888-426-4435

Pet Poison Help Line: 855-764-7661  

(incident fee may apply)

Toxic Plans

Hot Weather Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry friends, and as summer comes to a close in some parts of the country, you may be spending more time outside to soak up the warm weather while you still can. But being overeager in warmer temperatures can sometime mean danger for your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has some helpful tips and information to ensure that your pets stay safe all summer:

  • Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication. Since heartworm is carried by mosquitos, the hot, humid climate of the summer puts more pets at risk.

  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly in the heat. So give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, and be careful not to over-exercise them. It is best to keep them indoors completely when it’s extremely hot. Remember, if you don’t want to be outside, your pets probably don’t either.

  • If you are concerned for your pet’s safety, or if you feel they are experiencing symptoms of overheating or heat stroke, call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at 888-426-4435 immediately.

  • Knowing the symptoms of overheating in pets is also extremely important. Symptoms include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Severe symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Overheating can be extremely dangerous and should be taken seriously. If you think your pet is experiencing symptoms of overheating, you should call your veterinarian or APCC immediately.

  • Also keep in mind that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with elderly or overweight animals and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in most states.

  • Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.

  • Open, and unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, especially cats, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured if you are trying to allow a breeze into your home.

  • Never shave your pet. The layers of animals’ coats actually protect them from overheating and sunburn. A seasonal trim is okay and brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

  • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

If you are concerned for your pet's safety, or if you feel they are experiencing symptoms of overheating or heat stroke, call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at 888-426-4435 immediately

Hot Weather Tips

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Symptoms of hypothermia in pets can include:

  • Strong shivering and trembling followed by no shivering

  • Acting sleepy or lethargic and weak

  • Fur and skin are cold to the touch

  • Body temperature is below 95 degrees (Fahrenheit)

  • Decreased heart rate

  • Dilated pupils (the black inner circle of the eye appears larger)

  • Gums and inner eyelids are pale or blue

  • Trouble walking

  • Trouble breathing

  • Stupor, unconsciousness, or coma

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws.


To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.

  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.

  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.

  • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.

  • Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.

  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

Cold Weather Tips

Dog First Aid Kit

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A first-aid kit is important not only in the event of a natural disaster, but any time a pet is far away from immediate help – for example, when the family takes the pet camping or on vacation out of the area.

Help make sure your adopters and veterinary clients are prepared in the event of an unexpected pet emergency with this do-it-yourself first-aid kit, recommended by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.


Your kit should contain: 

  • Absorbent gauze pads

  • Adhesive tape

  • Cotton balls or swabs

  • Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with veterinarian or animal poison control expert before giving to your pet)

  • Ice pack

  • Disposable gloves

  • Scissors with blunt end

  • Tweezers

  • OTC antibiotic ointment

  • Oral syringe or turkey baster

  • Liquid dishwashing detergent (for bathing)

  • Towels

  • Small flashlight

  • Alcohol wipes

  • Styptic powder

  • Saline eye solution

  • Artificial tear gel

  • Talk to your vet about keeping any extra of your pets medications on hand, including allergy pills and doggy aspirin.

  • Phone number, clinic name, address of your veterinarian as well as local veterinary emergency clinics.

Make sure to check your pack every few months to make sure nothing has expired or needs to be replaced. And of course keep your kit out of the reach of children.

First Aid
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