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Your Pet Has Been Poisoned

How to Know If Your Pet Has Been Poisoned

If you live with an animal for any length of time, you know they love to get into everything. While it’s often just an inconvenience to clean up, it can prove fatal if they ingest a poisonous material. Being in tune with your pet and recognizing the signs of accidental poisoning could help save its life. If you suspect he/she has ingested a harmful substance, get to our 24 hour emergency animal hospital in Winnipeg immediately. If you’re unable to rush your pet in for emergency care, contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661.

Symptoms of Poisoning 

While animals cannot verbalize when they’re ill, they will offer non-verbal signs of accidental poisoning. While symptoms vary depending upon what they’ve ingested, there are some common symptoms that signal poisoning, including:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Twitching
  • Black or bloody stool

Depending on what and how much was ingested, it could take up to four days for the symptoms to start. If you know your pet has come in contact with a toxic substance, find veterinary care immediately. Waiting for the signs could mean you are too late.

What to Do If You Suspect Your Pet Has Been Poisoned

If your pet has been exposed to, or has ingested something toxic, this is not the time to refer to the Internet for home remedies. Attempting to treat your pet at home could have grave consequences, as the ingested toxin defines the course of treatment required. Instead, rush your dog or cat to an emergency animal hospital. If possible, bring a sample of whatever your pet ate or the resulting vomit to the emergency vet, as that will help determine the best course of action. Treatments include:

  • Antidote
  • Stomach pumping
  • Administering activated charcoal
  • Surgery

Call for an Appointment Today

At Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre in Winnipeg, your animal’s health is our top priority. From preventative care to emergency services, we offer a full suite of services. Cal {PHOME} or visit us online to schedule your next appointment.

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