According to the free dictionary, poisoning occurs when any substance interferes with normal body functions after it is swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed.
Top Ten Dog and Cat Poisons
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the top 10 dog poisons are chocolate, rat poisons, vitamins, NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen, Cardiac medications, cold and allergy medications, antidepressants, xylitol, tylenol and caffeine pills. For cats the top 10 are topical spot on insecticides, household cleaners, antidepressants, lilies, insoluble oxalate plants (philodendron, dieffenbachia), human and vet prescribed NSAIDS, cold and flu medications, glow sticks, ADHD, ADD/Amphetamines and finally mouse and rat poisons. Know that this list is not all inclusive. There are many other toxic substances as well as plants and food.
After reading the most common poisons, did you notice what the common denominator is? It’s us! Most of what is listed is totally preventable. It is up to us as responsible pet parents to make certain anything that could cause our pets harm, is locked away. Think of it as though you have a child that is just learning to crawl and walk and open things. It is no different with our pets. They are curious by nature and if you leave things lying about, the chances are you may be making an emergency trip to the vet.
Signs of Poisoning
Diarrhea, vomiting, excessive panting and salivation. Difficulty breathing, excitability, loss of consciousness and breathing. Seizures!
Poisoning of any kind should be considered an emergency and taken very seriously. Stay calm!!! If your pet is awake and you are freaking out, your pet will freak out which will only worsen the situation. You must get your pet to the nearest vet possible. Knowing what your pet consumed is important so that you can help the vet give your pet the proper treatment. If someone is with you, have them call the vet immediately and let them know you are on your way. If your pet has vomited, bring a sample. Make sure to know how long it has been since they consumed the poison.
Keep these numbers on hand for any potential poison emergencies!
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline: 888-4ANIHELP (426-4435)
Pet Poison Helpline: 800-213-6680
Again, I can’t stress enough. These accidents are preventable. Keep medications, candy, cleaners, solvents, etc out of your pets reach. Keep them locked up so that they cannot access them. Learn to recognize the warning signs and do not ignore them. Your pets life is at stake!
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