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Dogs: Top Ten Toxins of 2013
1. Chocolate - Dark equals dangerous!
2.. Xylitol - This sweetener found in sugarless chewing gum and candy, medications and nasal sprays causes a rapid drop in blood pressure and liver failure in dogs.
3. NSAIDs - Ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. found in products like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. Dogs don't metabolize these drugs well; ingestions result in stomach ulcers and kidney failure.
4. Over the counter cold, cough and allergy medication: Those that contain acetaminophen or decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, are particularly toxic.
5.. Rodenticides (mouse poisoning) - These may cause internal bleeding, or brain swelling even in small amounts.
6. Grapes and raisins - These harmless human foods cause kidney damage in dogs.
7. Insect bait stations - These rarely cause poisoning in dogs - the bigger risk is bowel obstruction when dogs swallow the plastic casing.
8. Prescription ADD/ADHD medications - These amphetamines such as Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, and Vyvasen can cause tremors, seizures, cardiac problems and death in pets.
9. Glucosamine joint supplements - Overdose of tasty products such as Cosequin and Move Freely typically only cause diarrhea; however in rare cases, liver failure can develop.
10. Silica gel packs and oxygen absorbors. - Silica gel packs, found in new shoes, purses or backpacks, is rarely a concern. The real threats are the iron-containing oxygen absorbers found in food packages like beef jerky or pet treats, which can cause iron poisoning.