Steps for Taking Care of a Poisoned Pet
1. Notify your veterinarian.
2. Keep your pet calm.
3. If the poison is on your pet's skin, bathe him or her. Rinse. Rinse. Rinse.
4. If the poison was ingested, get a sample of the poison's container so your veterinarian can determine the best treatment.
5. Give activated charcoal or Endosorb (as recommended by a veterinarian) for poisons such as chocolate or bromethalin.
For charcoal to work fully, give ten times as much charcoal as poison.
The charcoal is often given multiple times rather than all at once.
Charcoal causes diarrhea in some pets and constipation in others.
The stools are dark black.
Don't give charcoal when your pet is poisoned with an oil.
When advised to do so, induce vomiting. Never induce vomiting in an unconscious or convulsing pet, or in horses, rabbits, and rodents because they don't vomit.
To induce vomiting use 3% hydrogen peroxide at 1-2 teaspoons/10 lbs.
Insert a syringe or squeeze bottle between back teeth to give hydrogen peroxide to cats.
Repeat the dose in 10 or 15 minutes if your pet hasn't vomited.
At the veterinary clinic, vomiting might be induced with Ipecac, which is diluted with equal parts of water and given to provide 1ml/lb for dogs, and 1 ˝ ml/lb for cats. Unlike hydrogen peroxide, which may be repeated if your pet has not vomited after the first dose, Ipecac is not repeated. Activated charcoal is not given with Ipecac.
Use salt water to induce vomiting only when instructed to do so by your veterinarian because salt can cause salt toxicosis (poisoning) in some pets.