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One of the most common sources of poison is medications, both human and animal. This is why it's important to keep your medications tucked away out of reach. Never give your pet a medication that wasn't prescribed to them for a specific situation. Keep in mind that just because a medication is available over the counter does NOT guarantee that it's safe. Another common way for a dog or cat to get poisoned is through human food. Common toxins include chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic powder, xylitol, and old foods. Plants can also cause damage, as when cats consume lilies. The ASPCA website has a comprehensive list of plants that can potentially cause harm to your pets.