Common Toxins To Dogs, Cats and Chickens

Many people think of cleaners, pesticides and "people" prescriptions and some over-the-counter medicines being toxic to animals, however, there are many foods and plants that are common in and around our homes toxic to our animal friends as well. The following is in no way a complete list, but a list of those items most commonly found. Additionally, some of the items are toxic in larger doses than others, but it's safest to keep them away from your cats, dogs and chickens altogether.

Common Foods and Plants Toxic to Cats and Dogs:
- avocado
- alcohol
- onions
- garlic
- grapes and raisins
- chocolate, coffee, tea, and any caffeine
- macadamia nuts
- mushrooms
- nutmeg
- salt
- yeast dough
- xylitol (artificial sweetener)
- hops
- apple seeds
- aloe vera
- amaryllis
- azalea
- begonia
- easter lilly
- hydrangea
- lily of the valley
- poinsettia
- christmas tree pine needles
- potato, eggplant, and tomato plant
- rhododendron
- rhubarb leaves

Common Foods and Plants Toxic to Chickens:
- raw potatoes and peels
- avocado
- citrus fruits
- rhubarb leaves
- chocolate/caffeine
- apple seeds
- onions
- garlic
- mushrooms
- alcohol
- potato, eggplant, and tomato plants/leaves
- salt
- mistletoe or holly berries
- raw beans
- nutmeg
- sweet pea plant
- tobacco
- stone fruit pits
- asparagus
Check with your veterinarian if you have questions regardingthese or other toxins. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your animal has ingested any of the items listed.


Anonymous said...

There was just a list published today by the AVMA. Good things for people to think about before spring planting.

Teresa said...

Very interesting post with some good information.

Alica said...

Thanks for this helpful list! I didn't know about some of these, especially for the chickens!

I know you don't have cows, but did you know that yew bushes are deadly to them? Just one bite will literally kill a if anyone has neighbors with cows, please don't throw any trimmings over the fence! :)

Buttons Thoughts said...

Thank you for the lists a good thing to know. B

Leontien said...

Yes, thank you very good to know!

mountain mama said...

great post, thanks!

found you by friday farm friends!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Alica, I've heard about yew bushes and am thinking I may have heard they are poisonous to goats as well? Thanks for all your comments and welcome "Mountain Mama" - glad you found us!

Verde Farm said...

Oh my gosh-what a great post Staci. I am so glad you shared this--I didn’t know apple seeds were poisonous and I’m going to print this list for my husband too.
Thank you for sharing at FFF--really good!

Diana said...

Thank you for the list on chickens. We are just starting with chickens and have a lot to learn.

Rosemary said...

Just a little 'by-the-by'. Next door's cows got out - AGAIN - and were munching away on our yew hedge, when we rang the farmer in a state of panic, he wasn't worried, yew is DEADLY poisonous when it has been cut off the plant and whatever comes along and eats it off the floor. Also, the berries are actually edible, it's the tiny black seed in the middle that's poisonous!
Love the site, keep up the good work!!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, I have a sick rooster and I just read your list. The possible things that have upset him will be the potato peels, the apple seeds and possible the seeds out of olives and a few shallots and onions that went out on the lawn for my once happy chickens. Thank you so much for the list. Now I will be very careful. I was told chickens love scraps and they said every scrap. Should have done my homework.

andrea6479 said...

I was told that sprinkling garlic powder in your chickens' food helps keep away lice and other mites as well as other things. I even reposted a popular post on pintrist saying so. Ive shared it with my fellow chicken lovers not knowing it wad toxic! Oh no :( I would imagine though that there are people who do it and thats how they learned it helped. Thank you for sharing this. This is my first year with chickens. Reading your blog just gets me even more excited about it.

Dianna said...

Hi! I have a question about chickens. I am just now delving into chicken keeping and am also a vegetable gardener. I'm curious if they will eat the things that are toxic to them? For example, sweet pea and tomato plants are on the list. If I let the chickens roam in the garden, so I need to keep the chickens separated from these plants, or will they leave them alone because they don't like their taste? Thanks!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks all. I believe that a few of the items are toxic in quantity as opposed to highly toxic from a small amount but I choose to keep my girls away from them all.
Dianna - I'm not entirely sure if chickens will consume toxic items and/or if they will consume enough to get sick. That being said, I do let my girls in the garden with tomato plants as they are typically more interested in the bugs in the ground and on the plants and the tomatoes themselves than the actual plant. I do, however, watch them because I worry about them eating something they shouldn't. :) When they help me with "fall clean-up" I usually remove anything that could make them sick first so I can just let them go.

Urchin said...

Garlic for chickens? I have read on numerous occasions to add garlic to drinkers, this helps against red mite.

Quite shocked as I have used this before with no ill effect.

Love your posts
Regards from a not so sunny UK

Urchin said...

Yew is poisonous to everything, apart from the fleshy part of the fruit, the bright red berry.
Garlic? I have read it is used as a anti red mite measure, add to the drinking water?

Mary said...

glad i read this this morning as my free range chickens have been munching on leaves on my rhubarb planted on the side of the lawn. So if they are toxic to them why do they eat it and what will it do to them?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Darren - remember this list is of items that could be toxic in large amounts. I know garlic is helpful for chickens in smaller amounts, so you are correct.

Mary - rhubarb is controversial. Some say the leaves can act as a natural de-wormer for chickens and others say the rhubarb leaches too much calcium from chickens and, therefore, their eggs loose the hard shell. I suppose this would be like so many of the other items, dependent on how much they actually ate.