Can Household Items Cause Toxicity In Dogs?

We all love our pets, don’t we? And we all care for them so much but have you ever wondered if so many things around you might be toxic and harmful to your pet dogs.

We usually use these items in our daily lives and have been part of our household things for so long, so let’s discuss some of these household items that cause toxicity in dogs.

Rodents Poison

If you have a cute lovely dog in your house and rats from which you try to get rid of by using rat poison, you need to stop immediately! Several chemicals found in these poisons are extremely harmful and toxic for dogs and can be deadly for them.

If God forbid your dog to ingest this poison, you need to visit the veterinary hospital ASAP along which the packing of the rat poison being engulfed, the EPA registration number, and the sample of poison so the doctor might detect the active ingredient of the poison and can start the better treatment.

Mosquitoes Repellent 

According to 360 Dog Walker “Mosquito Repellent is also one of many houses hold items that you may have and can be toxic to your dogs.”

During Mosquito season, you need to ask the veterinarian for safe Mosquito Repellents that don’t cause any sort of harm to your dog if ingested.

Mosquito Repellent usually contains DEET, a complex compound that is highly toxic for dogs, and ingestion of this compound may result in seizures, tremors, and even death.

Alcoholic Beverages

It might sound crazy, but you should never give your dog alcohol; same as alcohol poisoning in humans, dogs can experience vomiting, GI tract problems, and CNS depression or breakdown; your dog may also experience abnormal blood acidity, coma, and even death.

Yeast Dough

Beers and alcohols are not the only toxic things that can harm your dogs; eating raw bread dough can also be dangerous for them as yeast produces ethanol. Along with this, the dough can rise in your dog’s stomach leading to painful toxic gas and disturbing the digestive system of the dogs.

Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes liquid, and Nicotine Patches

Similar to alcohol, products that contain nicotine can be harmful to dogs and can be the cause of their death. The common reaction of dogs to nicotine includes severe vomiting, increased heart rate with decreased blood pressure, and respiratory damage and failure.

Chocolates, Coffee, and Caffeine 

Sounds crazy?? But no, it’s severe as chocolate contains a toxic compound called theobromine, a similar chemical in caffeine that is highly toxic for dogs.

These products also contain substances called methylxanthines which cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart activity tremor and even can cause death.


Scientists are still unaware of the toxic element present in grapes, they can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Coconut and Coconut based water & oil

Although a small amount of these coconut-based products cause no such harm, the oil might cause stomach and digestive tract disturbance. Coconut water is usually high in potassium which you should avoid giving to your dogs.

Milk and dairy products

We all know that we need an enzyme called lactase to break down lactose in milk, which dogs usually lack. So these dairy-based products can cause digestive tract disturbance. However, a small quantity of them is okay to give.

Raw and undercooked meat, eggs, and bones 

Raw meat and eggs have harmful bacteria in them, namely Salmonella and E. coli, which are harmful to dogs and humans. Eating these things can cause severe skin problems and diseases.

What to do if your dog was poisoned?

If you get any hint that your dog has ingested any harmful or toxic things, you need to rush to the nearest veterinary hospital; the sooner the treatment starts, the better it is.


Be extra careful for your dogs while you take them for outings and at home because several household things might be harmful to them.

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