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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: Apr 9, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Home remedies for poison

Question:My husband and I came home to our dog walking like she was drunk, falling over on her left side and seeming to be out of it. We noticed that our hibiscus plant was chewed on. We rushed her to a vet where they gave her fluids, It's and some tests. Her urine test tested positive for barbiturates ingestion. They could not find out what exactly was wrong and wanted to continue testing. We did not have the money they wanted so they sent us home. What can we do at home for this? We have to hold her down and be right next to her otherwise she does an alligator roll and won't stop rolling. Need help please. She is 6 years old and pregnant.

Answer:Without looking at her test results (and her) it's hard for me to advise you. If they didn't already do it, giving her activated charcoal (Toxiban) may help bind up the toxin. The problem is you would need to do it soon for it to help and finding it may be a problem. You can call and ask the vet that saw her if they would sell you some - they would also know if it would be appropriate based on her history, physical exam and blood work.

Date: Apr 4, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: flea drop poisoning

Question:how long after treatment will my dog be back normal

Answer:I need a little more information to help you - did you treat your dog with flea drop treatment? what was the active ingredient? how old is your dog? does he have any problems? what kind of adverse reactions did he/she have?

Date: Mar 31, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: salt poisening

Question:my dog has just ate some salt and was wondering how long the symptoms would take to come through if she has been poisoned

Answer:I doubt your dog would have salt toxicity from drinking small amount of salt water. usually ingestion has to be large amounts and chronic periods of time. I would not worry about situation, and simply monitor for acute upset stomach if he drank a bit too much this one time. Chronic toxicity is more of a clinical issue, which would include prolonged excessive thirst, weakness and neurological symptoms.

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Symptoms

Question:Came home and found gum wrappers on my bed. Don't know what time my dog got to the sugar free gum. I was gone for over 10 hours. He seems fine. He ate and drank water after his walk. Should I be worried that he will get sick overnight even though he is not showing any symptoms?

Answer:Check the wrapper and see if the gum had Xylitol - that is what we worry about most. Then it will depend on how many sticks of gum he ate and how much he weighs. I won't be on here for a few hours to answer questions, so call your local animal emergency hospital if your veterinarian is closed - or call the ASPCA poison hot line at (888) 426-4435.

Date: Mar 27, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: TrizULTRA+Keto Flush

Question:I was cleaning my 90 lb boxer's ears about 7ish hours ago with TrizULTRA+Keto Flush that expired 1/17. He turned his head because he was upset and some solution (probably a teaspoon or less) got in his mouth. He did have a wet mouth a couple of hours ago but now seems fine. I'd just like to know if I need to worry or do something. Thanks.

Answer:I would call whoever prepared it for you to be sure because they will know the exact active ingredients they used, but that shouldn't be a problem. As you can imagine, that happens a lot - to the dog and the owner, lol.

Date: Mar 27, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rat poison

Question:I found my puppies chewing on a mouse That was dead and may have ingested rat poison should I take them to the vets.

Answer:Yes, almost all rat poison is toxic and most can be lethal. Take the box of poison with you so they will know the active ingredient - this is important. If you can't take the puppy in right away - watch for unusual bleeding/blood in urine, blood in stool, bruising of gums, etc.

Date: Mar 25, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pills

Question:I think My 28 pound beagle are some pills but I'm not sure I woke up and found them all over the ground. So I wanted to know how dangerous it is if he did eat one. The pills are called acetaminophen-cod and I used them when I got my wisdom teeth out

Answer:It entirely depends on the strength (mg) of the tablets. Just one tablet is probably ok, more than that is probably not. I won't be back on here to answer questions for many hours, so call your veterinarian or a poison control hotline like the ASPCA : (888) 426-4435.

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.


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