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Dog Poisoning Signs & Symptoms

A dog's sense of curiosity can get them into trouble now and again, and sometimes that trouble involves ingesting things they shouldn't. Today, our Modesto vets discuss the signs of poisoning in dogs, and what to do if you think your dog has been poisoned.

What To Do If You Think Your Dog Has Been Poisoned

Stay calm and make sure the source of the poison is out of your dog’s reach. Then get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Contact the vet before heading out to let them know you are on your way. That way they will be ready to see you when you arrive.

How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Been Poisoned?

It can be difficult to know if your dog has been poisoned however the following symptoms are associated with poisoning in dogs:

  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Heart problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Kidney failure
  • Excessive bruising or bleeding
  • Nosebleeds
  • Unsteady on feet
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Drooling
  • Oral irritation
  • Pale gums
  • Inability to urinate

Common Toxins That Dogs Accidentally Ingest

Most of the poisoning cases our Modesto vets see are the result of dogs getting into substances around the house that are not good for them. Certain foods, medications or household substances that are safe for humans can be dangerous if ingested by a dog.

The following substances are the most common dog poisons we see at American Pet Hospital.

Medications

Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, Advil and Aleve, as well as herbal and nutraceutical products, can be poisonous to dogs. Prescription medications that are beneficial to humans can also be highly poisonous when ingested by dogs.

Human Food

Animals have different metabolisms than people. Some foods, such as chocolate, onions and garlic, are perfectly safe for people but dangerous, and sometimes fatal, for dogs.

Veterinary Products

Medications like painkillers, de-wormers, and flea/tick treatments can be poisonous to dogs if consumed or used incorrectly.

Household Products

Household cleaning products are a leading cause of pet poisoning, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems. Chemicals in antifreeze, paint thinner, and chemicals for pools also can act as dog poison.

Rodenticides & Insecticides

Rat poison and insecticides can be as dangerous for your dog as the creatures they are intended for.

Plants

Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, and sago palms. 

Lawn & Garden Products

Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your dog is showing signs of poisoning contact our Modesto vets right away! Or head to your nearest 24 hour emergency animal hospital for urgent care.

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