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Toxic Food and Plants

Do you know of the many foods and plants around your home that are toxic to your pets? Many foods that we humans love are quite toxic to our animal companions. There is an extensive list of plants that are also toxic to our pets, some of which are just our regular house plants. So, check out this list of toxic foods and plants, and if you have anything on the list, make sure your pet doesn’t get into it!

This list was collected from a variety of sources to include the most common toxic foods and plants, but it is not entirely complete. Never allow your pet to eat something you are unsure about.

If you think you pet has ingested something toxic contact your veterinarian immediately or you can contact the ASPCA 24-hour Emergency Poison Hotline at 1-888-426-4436.


  • Alcohol

  • Apple Seeds

  • Avocado

  • Caffeine

  • Chives

  • Chocolate

  • Coffee

  • Fatty Foods or the Fat Removed from Meat (like ham fat)

  • Garlic

  • Grapes and Raisons

  • Gum, Candy Sweetened with Xylitol

  • Hops

  • Macadamia Nuts

  • Milk

  • Moldy/Spoiled Food

  • Mushroom Plants

  • Mustard Seeds

  • Onions and Onion Powder

  • Pits of Apricots, Cherries, Peaches

  • Potato Leaves and Stems (all the green parts)

  • Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs, Bones

  • Rhubarb Leaves

  • Salt (in excess)

  • Tea (because of the caffeine)

  • Tomato Leaves and Stems (all the green parts)

  • Walnuts

  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener)

  • Yeast Dough


  • Aloe

  • Asparagus Fern

  • Azalea

  • Bird of Paradise

  • Black Locust

  • Bloodroot

  • Box

  • Buckeye

  • Buttercup

  • Caladium

  • Calla Lily

  • Clematis

  • Corn Plant

  • Daffodil

  • Day Lily

  • Dieffenbachia

  • Easter Lily

  • Elderberry

  • Elephant Ears

  • English Ivy

  • Ferns

  • Foxglove

  • Gladiolas

  • Holly

  • Honeysuckle

  • Hyacinth

  • Hydrangea

  • Iris

  • Lantana

  • Lily of the Valley

  • Mistletoe

  • Morning Glory

  • Mother in Law

  • Mountain Laurel

  • Oleander

  • Philodendron

  • Rhododendron

  • Sago Palm

  • Tulip

  • Wild Mushrooms

  • Wisteria

  • Yew

  • Yucca

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