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Ask the Vet About Poisoned Dogs and Cats

Poisoned Dogs & Cats
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Ask the Vet About Poisoning in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bifenthrin

Question:My dog ate ant poison granules that contain bifenthrin and now shakes when he tries to move. He ate them yesterday evening and I noticed shaking today. Is it too late to induce vomiting? Should I use charcoal?

Answer:It is too late to induce vomiting. Oral activated charcoal may be helpful to bind up any remaining toxin in his gut and to hopefully prevent any further absorption. However, based on your symptom description, it is best that you take him right away to the local vet for exam and blood work, as he may need IV fluid and other supportive care, in addition to activated charcoal, to allow him to recover fully

Date: Mar 21, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: what medication

Question:Our dog looks like something has bittin him onthe mouth. There is a spot that is spongie on his lip...he has become very off balance as well we stay on a farm but not sure what has bitten him him

Answer:You can give him Benadryl at 1 mg per pound (ex: a 50 pound dog would need 50 mg) but if he is "very off balance" you should go ahead and take him to your veterinarian for assessment and something stronger than Benadryl.

Date: Mar 18, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: NEED HELP FAST

Question:MY PITBULL PUPPY GOT INTO SOME POISON I SPRAYED ON MY FENCE ROW TO KILL GRASS. WHAT DO I DO

Answer:It totally depends on the active ingredient. There are so many different active ingredients, it is better to ask a poison specialist at a poison control center like ASPCA : (888) 426-4435.

Date: Mar 15, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: my dog got poisoned

Question:My question is my dog is 1 year old he got sick 5 day ago he chewed on a flea and tick coller took him to the vet they gave him medicine to help for the vomiting and some antibiotics but he hast ate anything at all

Answer:If he hasn't eaten in 5 days, they need to recheck him.

Date: Mar 14, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Foaming at the mouth

Question:My sister put some pepermint oil on my cat because she was coughing. She started foaming at the mouth. I wiped her mouth and tried to give her some water. We don't have money to go to the vet. She is a really old cat maybe 12 years old. I hope she's alright and what you recommend to do.

Answer:Peppermint oil can be toxic to cats in high dosages so rinse all of the oil off of her. She is probably just foaming because of the bitter taste if you just put it on her and she started immediately foaming, if you rinse it off thoroughly, she should be fine. I worry more about her cough - especially at her age, I would have your veterinarian check her out when you can.

Date: Mar 11, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Has my dog eaten poison

Question:Today I put lawn seed with lawn fertiliser on my lawn .tonight my dog has bee very sick brought all his tea back pooed massively all within 10 min he now keeps arching his back and could not settled

Answer:Possibly - it totally depends on the active ingredient. You really should try to get her to a veterinarian near you - take the bottle of fertilizer with you so they will know what they are treating. Another option is contacting a poison control center like ASPCA : (888) 426-4435.

Date: Feb 27, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog

Question:What can I do for my bulldog she ate some grass that I put flea and tick killer on . I don't have the cash to take her to emergency vet. Just trying to see what I can do over counter. She has puked and had lite blood in stool. Thanks

Answer:I would have to know the active ingredient of the flea and tick insecticide to help you. You really should try to get her to a veterinarian near you - take the bottle of insecticide with you so they will know what they are treating.

Date: Feb 15, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: do you think my friends dog was poison

Question:Hi I have a question actually my sister had a dog for about 6 years and about two or three days ago she noticed that he had a loss of appetite and they found blood in the yard but they didn't see any blood on him so they weren't sure if maybe he had got into something or not and then today he just suddenly passed away we are just curious if maybe someone may have poison him or if it was something else please help my sister my niece my brother-in-law are all very sad and it happened so fast and so suddenly they weren't able to get into the Vet before it he passed unfortunately we didn't think that he was going to passed away especially that fast considering it had only been just maybe two or three days

Answer:I'm so sorry for their loss. To test for poison, they can have an autopsy done on him - it doesn't test for all toxins but it can usually tell you the cause of death. Seeing blood is kind of unusual for a poisoning unless it was rat poison, so the autopsy would look for other things like trauma, heart failure, etc. Keep his body refrigerated (not frozen) until you take it to their veterinarian for the autopsy - and the sooner the better so they can tell more from his tissues.

Date: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Onion Poisoning

Question:Hello, My kitten has a swollen abdomen, anemic and has dearhea, weakness. Could this be caused by onion poisoning?

Answer:Yes, onion toxicity can cause all of those things, but so can other things (intestinal parasites being the most common, especially in a kitten). Get her to a veterinarian who can run some tests on her and figure out the cause and get her treated as soon as possible.

Date: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: dog dies within 25 minutes

Question:My dog seemed to be confused and started salivating which became excessive>She seemed to gasp for breath and then began to howl with her eyes becoming dilated and unresponsive. She howled a few more times and died.Can you help.Another dog is missing but we have not found her or a body. We wouldn't have known about Dakota but we watched it happen.

Answer:Sounds like she may have had seizure or series of neurological events before passing. I am indeed sorry for your loss. THese can have many causes from toxins/poisonings, to metabolic issues in body to primary brain lesions including inflammations, infections or even tumors in older dogs.

Date: Feb 8, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog ate 1 tablet of Estradiol 2mg

Question:Good Evening, I believe one of my 2 dogs might have consumed 1 tablet of estradiol 2mg. I am not 100 percent positive. I don't know what to do and how serious this can be. Should I take them both to the vet immediately or try and induce vomiting in both of them? Please advise! Thank you so much in advance

Answer:It really depends on how much your dog weighs. I wouldn't be very concerned about a Great Dane eating that one tablet but I would be if they are a chihuahua. Calling your veterinarian and contacting a poison control center (ASPCA : (888) 426-4435) is a good idea.

Date: Feb 2, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Overdose

Question:My 35 lb dog got into a bottle and digested an unknown amount of kaopectate while I was are work today. What should I do or watch for?

Answer:Hello, Please call ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435. They will be able to instruct you on what to watch for and will also talk with the ER if you need to take your dog in. You can schedule any follow up care that is needed at http://bit.ly/2k0cWop. Thank you, Amber

Date: Feb 2, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Lemon Essential Oil

Question:I've been using an all purpose homemade cleaner for about two months. I use it on the floors once a week. I never spray it directly on her food/water bowls but I do set them back down after drying. These cleaners contain about 20-40 drops of lemon essential oil. I had no idea that lemon essential oil is toxic to cats. I noticed no real change in my cats behavior, she's not clumsy or have trouble eating or using the litter box or not being lethargic. She seemingly is the same, though she mis-steps every now and again and has started to jump up on the table/desk to snuggle (which she has never done) but she is 10 this year. She is vocal after using the bathroom recently, but it's not every time and she stops after about ten seconds.I plan to stop using the essential oil in the cleaning solution. Do I need to take her to a vet to get her checked out? Should I be concerned? She shows some odd characteristics every now and again since using the cleaning solution, but we also have moved within the time frame of using these cleaning solutions. I feel like I should go to the vet but it would be for my own peace of mind rather than her actual health. And I cannot afford a visit for my own peace of mind, just health. Thank you.

Answer:At her age, she needs a good physical exam at least once a year and ideally twice a year, so it wouldn't be a bad idea. If you haven't run any routine blood work (CBC/profile) on her recently I would consider that too - even if it's totally normal it will establish what is normal for all of her values. A toxin that is affecting her may show up in that bloodwork - elevated liver enzymes, kidney enzymes, etc.

Date: Jan 31, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Onion Toxicity and Treatment

Question:What is the treatment for Onion ingestion in a dog weighing 86 lbs that is concurrently newly diagnosed as to be in Diabetic Ketoacidosis?.

Answer:I would not panic, as the onion ingestion may not even need to be treated. IN fact, if you check in natural health care book, Dr PItcairn's Guide To NAtural Health for Dogs and CAts by Richard PItcairn, DVM, phd, using related substances like fresh cloves of garlic rarely causes problems in dogs. HOwever, very rarely dogs may develop certain types of blood disorders and anemias due to sensitivity or over consumption of onions. I would go to local vet and have lab work done. If blood count on CBC is normal with no anemia, simply ceasing from giving further onion treatment will be all that is needed here

Date: Jan 30, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Found dead

Question:My mom just came home to find her dog deceased. He was acting normal 2 hours prior. He had blood coming from his mouth and had had what looked like diarrhea through the house. It was white and another color. My mom is very worried someone may have poisoned it. He was an overall healthy dog and VERY well taken care of! He was a chihuahua mix. Please help! Thank you and God bless you.

Answer:Sorry for your loss. The best way to tell if her dog was poisoned is to have your veterinarian submit his body for a necropsy (autopsy). Have her keep his body in a refrigerator (NOT a freezer) - this will keep his tissues at the right temperature for analysis for toxins by a pathologist. They will also look for other causes of death: heart disease, cancer, etc.


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