Have you ever wondered what things are dangerous for your pet? There are many common things around the house that can be dangerous to cats and dogs, including certain foods, plants, and medications.
In addition to knowing what types of things might be poisonous to your pet, it is important to know, or at least be familiar with, the common signs of poisoning and what you should and shouldn’t do.
If you believe your pet may have ingested something poisonous, there are several phone numbers you can call. You should have your main veterinarian’s office number, the number of the closest Animal Emergency Center for problems after hours, and the number for Animal Poison Control. Having these numbers ready on an “emergency call list” card made to fit in your wallet/purse, fridge, or anywhere else close at hand to you and your pet will eliminate any additional stress and frantic searching at the time of ingestion.
The first step when you believe your pet might have ingested something is to take a quick survey of the potential poisons around you. Take note of your pet’s breathing and behavior so you can describe these to the veterinarian. Symptoms such as seizures, vomiting, lethargy, painful movement, difficulty breathing, and muscle tremors are worth mentioning. If you have an idea of what the pet ingested, having the packaging or description to give to the veterinarian is very helpful.
The next step is to call one of the numbers on your emergency list. Do not attempt to induce vomiting, give home remedies, activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide, or food unless directed by a veterinary professional.
Emergency situations can be stressful and scary but when you are calm, and can give accurate and thorough information and follow through on instructions you can greatly aid in your pet’s treatment and recovery.
Listed below are some of the most common items. If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the following items, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
***This list is not meant to be all-inclusive. If you have any doubt about something your pet has ingested, please call your veterinarian.***