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How To Know If Your Pet Has Been Poisoned

How To Know If Your Pet Has Been Poisoned

At Animal General in Manhattan, we understand how scary it can be to realize your pet may have been poisoned. But how can you be sure that poison is behind your animal’s woes and changed behavior?

Pet poisonings are, unfortunately, a common emergency at our animal hospital. Statistics show that nine out of 10 pet poisonings happen while pets are in their own houses. During certain holiday seasons, like Christmas and Easter, cases go up considerably, often due to chocolate ingestion, Christmas tree ingestion, or poinsettia ingestion. Antifreeze poisoning is another common emergency. 

Signs of Poisoning in Animals

There are a few different ways to spot poison ingestion, including:

Gastrointestinal Signs

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling/hyper salivating
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea

Internal Bleeding

  • Coughing of blood
  • Vomiting blood
  • Pale gums
  • A racing heart rate
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Collapse

Kidney Failure

  • Halitosis
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Absence or decreased urination

Liver Failure

  • Jaundice/icterus/yellow discoloration to the gums
  • Weakness from low blood sugar
  • Dull mentation
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Black-tarry stool (melena)

What To Do if Your Pet Comes in Contact With Poison

If you suspect your animal has ingested poison, you should immediately take them to an emergency animal hospital. Other helpful things to do if your pet is suffering from poisoning include:

  • Get your pet in fresh air if the poisoning is due to noxious fumes or gas.
  • Wear protective gloves and remove the substance from the skin if poisoning is through contact.
  • Use paper towels or clean rags to clean up any liquids.
  • Never use water, solvents, or anything else to remove the poison unless expressly instructed to do so by your veterinarian.
  • Never induce vomiting even if you know your pet swallowed the poison. Some poisons can cause more damage when coming back up from vomiting than they would if left in the animal’s stomach.

Animal Hospital in Manhattan

At Animal General, we have years of experience providing Manhattan residents with emergency animal hospital services. For more information on poison or to schedule an appointment, call us at (212) 501-9600.

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