Common Household Items Can Poison Pets

March 19, 2002 (published) | October 3, 2018 (revised)

The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control lists these products as the most common ones that can poison pets. These are not the only ones, just the most common ones.

Household Products

Carpet fresheners
Carpet Shampoo
Essential oils
Fabric softener sheets
Toilet cleaning tablets
Vinegar and water

Medications and Cosmetics

Petroleum jelly
Aspirin, baby aspirin
Bar soap and face wash
Breath fresheners (Xylitol)
Cigarettes and nicotine patches
Ibuprofen and naproxen
Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol
Mosquito repellent with DEET
Pseudoephedrine (and other nasal decongestants)
Topical creams/ointments (read labels for ingredients)

Visit the ASPCA Poison Control Center for more information regarding the listed items.

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