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Ask the Vet About Poisoned Dogs and Cats

Poisoned Dogs & Cats
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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: 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.

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How can I help

Question:My neighbors have dog and has all symptoms of being poisoned and I've send her a link to the symptoms on what her dog is going through. My question is what can I do to help her? Is there a pill for dogs for feeling sick and throwing up? Please get back to me. I'm not sure if this dog ate anything outside.

Answer:Best thing i can recommend for over the counter relief of upset stomachs like this is pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily. If vomiting persists or worsens, your pet needs full workup, including blood work and x rays to evaluate at veterinarian

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What do I do to help him

Question: My dog Ingested less tHan a table spoon a penetrating oil that has aromatic Naphtha , aliphatic naphtha ,ethanol ,paraffin oil, and mineral seal oil ... He's eaten normally ..memes to b having stomach pain an d,it's of bad bad gas

Answer:It really depends on a lot of things - how big your dog is and the concentration of all of those things in the preparation, etc. With toxins, it is better to work with your veterinarian and/or a poison control center to figure out the best course of action for your pup.

Date: Jan 25, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Posion

Question:I have 8 cats and i bought a off brand kitten food at Tractor Supply and my cats didn't want to eat it. I bought their food the next day. However two days later 3 of my cats started sneezing, eyes watering, thick mucus vomit and stuffy nose severe. I started them in antibiotics amoxicillin and gave them albuterol breathing txs. which seemed to help with the congestion. My cats stay in doors and the only thing differnt was the cat food. Should i have it tested for poisons?

Answer:That sounds much more like an upper respiratory virus which is super common and very contagious in cats/kittens. With poisoned food you would see different symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, staggering, etc. but that would depend on the "poison." The virus should just run it's course like a virus we would get. The amoxicillin will help, especially if they have a lot of yellow discharge or are really old or really young or not eating. Placing them in a humidified room (bathroom works well) helps a little as well.

Date: Jan 25, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog isn't acting normal

Question:My dog is not nearly as energetic as he used to be. For the past two days he hasn't eaten well and is sleeping entirely too much. He just isn't acting the same. What could this be? I'm concerned.

Answer:Hi Edward, Decreased appetite and lethargy can be caused by many different things. I recommend having this issue looked at by a veterinarian. You can book a vet house call at www.vetpronto.com. Tiffany Veterinary Assistant

Date: Jan 7, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog got into laxatives...help

Question:My dog got into four 8.6 mg senna tablets I had out for myself. Is this poisonous or will she be ok? She is a 15 lb. 6 yr. old beagle. It just happened about 2 hours ago. The active ingredient is sennosides. Please help.

Answer:In future, please to to ER vet if ingested within a few hours, as vet will likely induce vomiting

Date: Jan 7, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: wondering if my pet has been poisoned

Question:What can cause an animal to have tremors and loose the lose of mobility in hind legs, also keeps looking upward.

Answer:Many possibilities from trauma to disc problem in back to even some sort of seizure or convulsion. Toxicity also possible. Best to have vet exam and complete workup to sort these out and best treatment

Date: Sep 14, 2016
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Death

Question:Two Days Ago, I Received A Bouqet Of Flowers, Which Also Had Some Ferns In It. I Didn't Know That Ferns Were Highly Toxic For Cats. that Day, My Cat (4 Months Old) Suddenly Became Very Sleepy. We Didnt't Think It Was Something Weird, Because He Had A Habit Of Sleeping For About 5-6 Hours Continuously. After About 6 Hours , We Started Asking Ourselves If Our Cat Was Ok. I Tried To Have Him Stand On His Feet, He Stood For A Couple O Seconds, Then He Went To Sleep In His Bed. His Gums Were Pale,He Had His Temperature Raised And He Also Had Tremors. We Went To A Clinic Immediately, The Vets Took Blood Samples And Asked Us If He Ingested Anything That He Shouldn't. We Realized That He Might Have Ingested Some Fern Leaves, But We Weren't Sure. Even After The Vets Did The Blood Tests, They Weren't Sure What My Sweet Boy Had. They Just Said That He Had Tachycardia And His Glycemia Was Very High On The Night Of The Hospitalization. the Next Day, We Received A Call From The Vet, Saying That Our Cat Was Fine, Just A Bit Agitated, And That We Could Take Him Home In The Evening. When We Got There In The Evening, He Was Drowsy, Weak, He Couldnt Stand Up Or Keep His Eyes Open. After 4 Hours, Sadly He Passed Away. I Can't Understand How Did This Happen. In The Morning He Was Fine, Ready To Be Taken Home, And In A Period Of 12 Hours He Passed Away. He Received Perfusions And Diazepam While He Was Hospitalized. I Am Writing To You Because The Vets There At The Clinic Couldn't Tell Me Why He Died Or They Didnt Want To, I Dont Know. Even After The Blood Test Results Came, They Didnt Tell Us What He Had And They Didnt Even Show Us The Results. My Family And I Are Broken Hearted.. thank You In Advance!

Answer:I Am So Sorry For Your Loss. Toxicity Is Always Possible In Veterinary Medicine But Is Difficult To Prove As No Forensic Tests Like Vet Medicine For Most Toxins.


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