Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.
What to do if Your Pet is Poisoned
Your slideshow will start shortly.
Poison Control for Dogs, Cats
By Alex Molldrem, DVM
When a pet is poisoned, quick and appropriate action is vital to your pet’s outcome. But do you know what to do? Here are four simple steps that may help save your pet’s life someday.
Step 1: Evaluate
Identify what toxin your pet was exposed to or ingested. Find the label, active ingredients, and the quantity ingested or exposed to. Remove any additional toxin out of reach. Evaluate your pet’s symptoms. Even if your pet is acting normal, toxin exposure may still have occurred.
Step 2: Call the Pet Poison Helpline (855-213-6680)
Once you have gathered, contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680. They can determine if the exposure is considered toxic, and if additional treatment is necessary. For ingested toxins, induction of vomiting is commonly performed, but can be contraindicated in some toxins (such as with hydrocarbons, batteries, corrosives, etc) or in some conditions (neurologic symptoms, respiratory difficulty, etc). For contact toxins, bathing with liquid dish soap is often necessary.
Step 3: Do NOT give anything unless instructed to
Many people will think they are helping their pet by giving home remedies they may have heard of before, such as milk, salt, aspirin, etc. Adverse reactions to these home remedies can sometimes be more significant than the toxicity itself. Stay calm and do not give anything to your pet unless instructed to by a veterinarian.
Step 4: Get Help
If further treatment is required, transport your pet to your veterinarian, or the closest veterinary emergency facility. Have someone safely watch your pet while driving in order to prevent distraction. Some special guidelines may be necessary to prevent human exposure to certain toxins, such as zinc phosphide or flammable materials.
Source(s): Preventing Pet Poisoning Emergencies. Pet Education Series.VPI Pet Insurance and Pet Poison Helpline.
Additional SlideshowsWhat's New Dog Cat
|Six Tips for Treating Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats||The Five Stages of Heartworm Disease in Pets||5 Common Causes of Hair Loss in Dogs||7 Common Bug Bites on Dogs and Cats||4 Reasons Your Dog Rolls in Grass|
|Pet Guide to Going 'Green'||5 Common Causes of Hair Loss in Dogs||Past Winners of the Westminster Dog Show||Top Ten 'Small Breed' Dogs||10 Puppy Supplies to Add to Your Checklist|
|How to Care for Senior Pets||How to Identify Common Problems in Senior Cats||Cat Birthing Basics||3 Things You NEED To Know About Where Cat Food Ingredients Come From||Six Signs it’s Time to Change Your Pet’s Food|