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The Following Creatures can be Dangerous to Dogs:

  • Humans who do not know dogs
  • Other dogs
  • Humans who are not careful around their dogs
  • Snakes
  • Humans who are children (literally and figuratively)
  • Cats
  • Humans who are distracted or in a hurry
  • Birds of prey
  • Humans who do not know how to train their dog
  • Horses and mules
  • Humans who are not watching where they are driving
  • Wild animals with rabies
  • Humans who leave their dog in a car when outside temperatures are 70 degrees or more
  • Poisonous amphibians, reptiles and insects
  • Humans who when driving allow their dog to hang out the window or ride in the back of a truck
  • Bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes, porcupines, badgers, wolverines, elk, moose, deer and other such wild animals
  • Humans who are drunk or on drugs
  • Humans who are angry at their dog
  • Humans who do not properly care for their dog
  • Humans who jog, skate or bicycle with dogs that should not be run continuously or do not keep their dogs leashed.

(In other words, dogs may be our best friends, but humans are not always theirs)


The Following Household Appliances & Facilities can be Dangerous to Dog:

(This is only a partial list. Be prepared for other possible dangers in your dog's domain)

  • Electrical cords
  • Ovens and burners
  • Scalding water in pots or from faucets
  • Heavy objects or books that could topple
  • Gas leaking from heater, stove or other appliance

The Following Products and Food Items can be Dangerous to Dogs:

(This is only a partial list. Be prepared for other possible dangers)

  • Antifreeze
  • Cleansers, soaps and detergents
  • Gasoline, kerosene and other fuel-oils
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
  • Paint, thinners and similar products
  • Caustic agents such as liquid drain cleaners
  • Insecticides, rodent poisons and similar chemicals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs
  • Rancid or moldy food

The following Plants can be Dangerous to Dogs:

(This is only a partial list. Be prepared with any plant or food you are not completely certain about)

  • Acocanthera (fruit and flowers)
  • Amaryllis (bulbs)
  • Amsinckia -- Tarweed (foliage, seeds)
  • Anemone -- wildflower (all parts)
  • Angel Trumpet Tree (flowers and leaves)
  • Apple (seeds)
  • Apricot (pits, inner seed)
  • Atropa Belladona (all parts, especially black berries)
  • Autumn Crocus (bulbs)
  • Avocado (foilage
  • Azalea (all parts)
  • Balsam pear (seeds, outer rind of fruit)
  • Baneberry (berries, roots, foliage)
  • Beach Pea (all parts)
  • Betel Nut Palm (all parts)
  • Belladonna (all parts)
  • Bird of paradise (seeds)
  • Bittersweet (berries)
  • Black locust (bark, sprouts, foliage)
  • Bleeding Heart (foliage, roots)
  • Bluebonnet (all parts)
  • Bluegreen Algae (some forms are toxic)
  • Bloodroot (all parts)
  • Bottlebrush (flowers)
  • Boxwood (all parts)
  • Buckeye Horse Chestnut (sprouts, nuts)
  • Buckthorn (fruit, bark)
  • Buttercup (sap, bulbs)
  • Calla lily (all parts)
  • Caladium (all parts)
  • Cardinal Flower (all parts)
  • Carolina Jessamine (foliage, flowers, sap)
  • Cassava (roots)
  • Castor bean (oil, beans, leaves)
  • Chalice vine -- Trumpet vine (all parts)
  • Cherry tree (bark, twigs, leaves, pits)
  • Cherry Laurel (foliage, flowers)
  • Chinaberry tree (berries)
  • Christmas Berry (berries)
  • Christmast Cactus (sap)
  • Christmas candle (all parts)
  • Christmas Rose (foliage, flowers)
  • Columbine (foliage, flowers, seeds)
  • Common Privet (foliage, berries)
  • Coral plant (all parts)
  • Crocus (bulbs)
  • Croton (foliage, shoots)
  • Cyclamen (foliage, stems, flowers)
  • Daffodil (bulbs, foliage, flowers,pods)
  • Daphne (berries)
  • Datura -- Jimsonweed (berries, leaves, seeds)
  • Deadly amanita (all parts)
  • Deadly nightshade (all parts)
  • Death camas (all parts)
  • Death cap mushroom (all parts)
  • Dephinium (all parts)
  • Deiffenbachia -- Dumb cane (leaves)
  • Destroying Angel -- Death cap (all parts)
  • Dogwood -- (fruit)
  • Dutchman's Breeches (foliage, roots)
  • Eggplant (all parts but fruit)
  • Elderberry (foliage)
  • Elephant's ear -- Taro (leaves, stem)
  • English ivy (berries, leaves)
  • Equisetum (all parts)
  • Euphorbia -- Spurges (foliage, flowers, sap)
  • False Hellebore (all parts)
  • False henbane (all parts)
  • Fiddleneck -- Senecio (all parts)
  • Fly Agaric -- Amanita (all parts)
  • Four O'Clock (all parts)
  • Foxglove (leaves, seeds)
  • Gelsemium (all parts)
  • Ghostweed (all parts)
  • Golden chain -- Laburnum (all parts, especially seeds)
  • Hemlock (all parts, especially roots and seeds)
  • Henbane (seeds)
  • Holly -- English and American (berries)
  • Horse Chestnut (nuts, twigs)
  • Horsetail Reed -- Equisetum (all parts)
  • Hyacinth (bulbs)
  • Hydrangea (flower buds)
  • Indian turnip -- Jack-in-the-pulpit (all parts)
  • Impatiens -- Touch-me-not (all parts)
  • Iris (bulbs)
  • Ivy -- all forms (foliage, fruit)
  • Jasmine (foliage, flowers, sap)
  • Jasmine star (foliage, flowers)
  • Jatropha (seeds, sap)
  • Java bean (uncooked bean)
  • Jerusalem cherry (berries)
  • Jessamine (berries)
  • Jimsonweed (foliage, flowers, seed pods)
  • Johnson grass (all parts)
  • Juniper (needles, stems, berries)
  • Laburnum (all parts)
  • Lambkill -- Sheep laurel (all parts)
  • Lantana (foliage, flowers, immature berries)
  • Larkspur (all parts)
  • Laurel (all parts)
  • Lily of the valley (All parts, including water they have been kept in)
  • Lima bean -- Java bean (uncooked bean)
  • Lobelia (all parts)
  • Locoweed (all parts)
  • Lords and ladies -- Cuckoopint (all parts)
  • Lupine (foliage, pods, seeds)
  • Machineel (all parts)
  • Marijuana (leaves)
  • Mayapple (all parts, except fruit)
  • Mescal bean (all parts)
  • Milkweed (foliage)
  • Mistletoe (berries)
  • Moccasin flower (foliage, flowers)
  • Mock orange (fruit)
  • Monkshood (leaves, flowers, roots)
  • Morning glory (all parts)
  • Mountain laurel (leaves, shoots)
  • Mushrooms -- most wild forms (caps, stems)
  • Narcissus (bulbs)
  • Natal cherry (berries, foliage)
  • Nectarine (seeds, inner pit)
  • Nicotine bush (foliage, flowers)
  • Nightshades (berries, leaves)
  • Oak (acorns, leaves)
  • Oleander (all parts)
  • Peach (fruit pit)
  • Pear (seeds)
  • Pennyroyal (foliage, flowers)
  • Peony (foliage, flowers)
  • Periwinkle (all parts)
  • Philodendron (leaves, stems)
  • Pikeweed (leaves, roots, immature berries)
  • Plum (foliage, inner seed)
  • Poinsetta (leaves, flowers)
  • Poison hemlock (foliage, seeds)
  • Poison ivy (sap)
  • Poison oak (foliage, fruit, sap)
  • Poison sumac (foliage, fruit, sap)
  • Pokewood -- Poke cherry (roots, fruit)
  • Poppy (all parts)
  • Potato plant (new shoots, eyes)
  • Privet (all parts)
  • Redwood (resinoids, leached wet wood)
  • Rhododendron (all parts)
  • Rhubarb (leaves, uncooked stems)
  • Rosary peas (seeds, flowers, pods)
  • Rosemary (foliage in some species)
  • Russian thistle (foliage, flowers)
  • Sage (foliage in some species)
  • Salmonberry (foliage, fruit)
  • Scarlet pimpernel (foliage, flowers, fruit)
  • Scotch broom (seeds)
  • Senecio -- Fiddleneck (all parts)
  • Skunk cabbage (all parts)
  • Snapdragon (foliage, flowers)
  • Snowdrop (all parts, especially buds)
  • Snow on the mountain -- Ghostweed (all parts)
  • Spanish bayonet (foliage, flowers)
  • Sudan grass (all parts)
  • Star of Bethlehem (foliage, flowers)
  • Sundew (foliage)
  • Sweet pea (seeds and fruit)
  • Tansy (foliage, flowers)
  • Taro -- Elephant's ear (foliage)
  • Tarweed (foliage, seeds)
  • Thornapple (flowers, foliage, pods)
  • Tiger lilly (foliage, flowers, seed pods)
  • Toad flax (foliage)
  • Tobacco (leaves)
  • Tomato plant (foliage, vines)
  • Touch-me-not (all parts)
  • Toyon berry (berries)
  • Trillium (foliage)
  • Trumpet vine (all parts)
  • Venus flytrap (all parts)
  • Verbena (foliage, flowers)
  • Virginia creeper (sap)
  • Water hemlock (roots, foliage)
  • Wildflower (leaves, flowers)
  • Wild parsnip (rootes, foliage)
  • Wisteria (all parts)
  • Yam bean (roots, immature pods)
  • Yellow star thistle (foliage, flowers)
  • Yew (American, English, Japanese) (needles, seeds)

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