Food, Potpourri, and Rodenticide Dangers

Animals may be exposed to various hazards which can pose serious risks to their well being and may potentially be fatal. Becoming aware of these risks and actively decreasing the opportunities for exposure to the hazards are a way by which pet owners can keep their pets safe throughout the year.

Food Dangers

The following foods and beverages are potential dangers to pets:

Alcoholic beverages, avocado, chocolate, coffee, fatty foods, garlic and garlic powder, grapes, raisins, hops, macadamia nuts, moldy or spoiled foods, onions and onion powder, salt, yeast dough

Liquid Potpourris

Liquid potpourris contain irritating detergents and essential oils which may cause oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal ulceration if oral exposure or ingestion occurs. Dermal (skin) exposure may cause significant irritation and potentially lead to oral exposure due to grooming.


Rodenticides can be extremely dangerous to pets if ingestion occurs. Symptoms may occur at varying times after exposure depending on the composition of the rodenticide. Exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides generally causes signs of hemorrhage 3 to 5 days later. Rodenticides containing neurotoxin bromethalin may cause neurologic signs within hours of exposure but may be delayed for a week or more when a low dose is ingested. Rodenticides containing cholecalciferol may show signs progressing to renal failure within 12 hours of exposure.

What our Clients are Saying

Since Dr. Lynch's return to practice, my Senior dog's problem of many years has improved tremendously with VOM, Acupuncture/Acupressure and Chinese herbs. Dr. Lynch's ability to assess the symptoms and zero in on an effective treatment was remarkable. I am thrilled to have these alternative veterinary services available in Traverse City.

~ Cindy H.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lynch for treatment. The acupuncture treatments that he has done for my cat, Maxx, have done a world of good. It has made a huge difference and the effects from the treatments have been immediate for Maxx. It is so nice to have this treatment option available.

~ Lori F.

I love everyone at Companion Animal Hospital!!!! Best place to take your pets, hands down! Miss seeing you all...I could have never asked for a better group of people to help with my babies

~ Emily H.

We have been taking our two cats and one dog to Dr. Izo for many years. She is an excellent, caring and down to earth person, who is a remarkable at what she does and the care she provides. The entire staff at CAHTC is great to deal with and they truly have your pet's best interest at heart.

~ Mark H.

Thanks to the entire staff of Companion Animal Hospital for tirelessly working with me to assist my dog with her fear of nail cutting! She is now able to have this procedure without any fears or resistance! Additionally the wellness care and the sincere interest in her from the staff is so nice. Always pleasant and professional the Doctors and staff are above average. I recommend this Animal Hospital to all my friends and co-workers and many now use them with the same satisfaction.

~ Denise B.

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