Toxic Ingestion / Poison

Pets are known for eating just about anything, making them highly susceptible to accidental ingestion of harmful substances. We will discuss some of the most common toxins pets can ingest, what to do when it happens, and what you can do to protect them. If you suspect your precious animal has eaten a toxic or poisonous substance, our emergency veterinarian at Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach, FL, is ready to assist you. Act fast because some substances are fatal, and how quickly you act can mean the difference between saving and losing your animal's life.

Potential Poisonous Substances and Foods to Pets

Human food is one of the most common causes of poisoning in dogs and cats. Some examples are chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, onions, grapes, garlic, and any other foods your pet is not used to. Make sure to keep these foods far out of your pet's reach. A pet may also ingest toxic substances such as rodenticides, human drugs, cleaning supplies, etc.

Symptoms of Toxic Ingestion in Pets

Symptoms of toxic ingestion include:

  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing or strange sound while breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Change in color of gums, tongue, or whites of the eyes
  • Change in behavior
  • Unusual smells coming from your pet/vomit
  • Extreme salivation
  • Collapsing, lethargy, and coughing up blood
  • Diarrhea

Our emergency vet will examine your pet to determine what is responsible for its symptoms. It may be helpful to take a sample of vomit, food, or substance your animal ingested so our veterinarian can do an analysis.

What to Do When Your Pet Has Ingested Something Toxic

If you suspect or know your pet has ingested a toxic substance, take them to the veterinarian immediately. Even if your pet doesn't have symptoms, the ingestion should be treated as soon as possible. Be prepared to answer any questions your veterinarian may have, like the type of substance that was ingested and when it happened. Our veterinarian may induce vomiting if they feel it's necessary and will administer medication to absorb any toxins that remain in your pet's stomach.

How to Prevent Your Pet From Ingesting Toxic Substances

There are several preventive measures you can take to avoid accidents like this. Keep all human food and medications away from your pet. Be especially careful about putting toxic substances where children and pets may find them by mistake. Keep all cleaning supplies in an area where pets cannot access, and make sure dangerous substances are put away after use.

Visit Southside Veterinary Hospital in Vero Beach, FL, for Toxic Ingestion Treatment

If your pet has ingested something harmful, act fast and bring them to us at Southside Veterinary Hospital for treatment if you're in Vero Beach. Our emergency vet can provide necessary care and tests, including inducing vomiting if needed. Call us at (772) 562-7845 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

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