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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: Aug 17, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Our dog

Question:Our dog has had diarrhea for 3 days and started vomiting last night and has been vomiting all day.i can't get him to eat or drink anything and he can barely walk.i cant afford to take him to the vet but I don't want him to pass away. What can I do?

Answer:If he can't hold anything down orally, you really need to take him to your veterinarian - he will just vomit up anything you give him by mouth. They could at least give him subcutaneous fluids to rehydrate him - those aren't very expensive at all.

Date: Aug 16, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick

Question:My dog (Yorkies) is prone to having seizures. As of late he has been awaking in the middle of the night peeing, pooping and drooling/foaming at the mouth. He also has been seizing more frequent as of late. When he does have little accidents they are cleaned up by ammonia. Could he be becoming affected by the household product or may it be other underlying factors

Answer:Most of the time we don't what triggers a seizure in epileptic dogs. I don't know of specific household products that are known to trigger one. Stress or excitement can trigger them. If he hasn't been checked out by your veterinarian and had some blood work run to rule out medical problems, you should do that near a seizure - the blood work may give you clues if a toxin of some sort is triggering it, but it would still be hard to tell. Also if he is having them more frequently than once a month, most of us start anti-seizure medication around that time.

Date: Aug 5, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Are a wasp covered in wasp killer

Question:About a half hour ago my dog was outside and swatting at a giant wasp on the ground. I took the wasp killer abs sprayed it and before I could grab it to dispose it my dog ate it. I'm worried because it had been sprayed with bee killer.

Answer:The really small amount of bee killer spray on a wasp is probably not a problem. To know for sure you can call: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435. Have the active ingredient ready for them. He could still have an allergic reaction to the actual wasp so if his face starts to get itchy and swell give him oral Benadryl at 1mg per pound (a 50 pound dog would need 50mg) and call your veterinarian.

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Accidental ingestion

Question:My 90lb lab mix ate a full months worth of nutri vet vitamins plus calcium support sometime today. Eating and drinking fine.

Answer:This could be a problem for him - some he will just urinate out like Vitamin C, but others, like Vitamins K, A, D and E are not water soluble. You should definitely contact your veterinarian and depending on how long it has been, they will recommend treatment.

Date: Aug 2, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog wont move

Question:My pitbull mix cant seem to move. He wont drink or eat. He is 8 years old and has back hip problems since he was a puppy

Answer:Those are pretty general clinical signs (cant seem to move, wont drink or eat) and could be poisoning but could be MANY different things. You will usually (but not always) see vomiting with poisonings. With the severity of these clinical signs, you should really see your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Jul 23, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poisoning or ingesting dropped medicine

Question:My 3 yr. Old shih tzu is vomiting up some dark looking stuff at first it was kind of thick then more like water..she's done it 5 times in the last 6 hours..the first couple of times she still tried to eat and drink a little...i don't know what made her sick but my husband said he dropped a couple of his pain pills while refilling his med box..but I couldn't find them when I swept all around that area..

Answer:They can vomit for many different reasons, including toxins/human medications. If she has vomited that many times, you should try to go see your local veterinarian. Bring the name of the medication and strength/concentration so they will know what they are treating.

Date: Jul 21, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Herbicide poising

Question:So one of my uncles cut the grass and he clean d the backyard and while he was doing that he put this dust which is to kill the weeds growing and after he let my dogs out and my dogs were around the backyard and I'm worried they might have ate some, since my dad had two dogs in the past and a company came and did the same thing and sadly the two dogs died,since he tried to just wash it off the pavement but he said it only made the dust taste sweet.so I'm not really sure what to do?should I be worried?

Answer:It entirely depends on the active ingredient of the herbicide. Have the bottle ready when you call a poison control hotline so you can tell them the active ingredient and concentration. Here is one such number: ASPCA poison hot line at (888) 426-4435.

Date: Jul 15, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible poisoning

Question:Hey my dog ate about 2 tablespoons worth of glitter putty. He is about 5 months old. Is this toxic to dogs? What should I be concerned about? Should I get emergency vet assistance?

Answer:It would depend on the active ingredient of the glitter putty. I would assume most are pretty non-toxic because kids use it a lot, but it is ideal to call an animal poison control hotline like this one: ASPCA poison hot line at (888) 426-4435.

Date: Jul 15, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: help cant find no one to help my dog

Question:vsnt get hold of vet live in smsll town got a 14 weekold chorkie weights 2lbs. whst can i give her to help her think shes got into some poison whst will help

Answer:I don't know what her symptoms are - vomiting and diarrhea or walking around wobbly or something else entirely - all very different scenarios. Try to get her to your veterinarian as soon as you can. If she's walking around wobbly, try to get her to eat something or put Karo syrup on her gums - as small as she is, she might be hypoglycemic.(It could certainly be other things as well - toxins, portosystemic shunt, etc etc) You still need to take her to your veterinarian though because she shouldn't be getting hypoglycemic at her age without an underlying problem.

Date: Jun 29, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting

Question:My 8 wk old Vizsla puppy possibly ate an unknown amount of gas grill cleaner. The ingredients are: water, mineral oil, and emulsifiers. He has committed a small amount at three different times in the past 9 hours.

Answer:It depends on how much he weighs and how much he ate and what the exact active ingredients are. Water and mineral oil aren't toxic, but whatever else that is in it might be. To know for sure, have the bottle ready when you call a poison hotline like: ASPCA poison hot line at (888) 426-4435. If he is vomiting, especially multiple times, I would definitely recommend taking him on in to your veterinarian - as small as he is, he can get dehydrated pretty easily.

Date: Jun 26, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Bunny

Question:My daughter's rabbit was eating grass that was right next to bushes that were sprayed with insect killer. We are concerned he may have ingested some of the spray. Do you have any advice, and how concerned should we be?

Answer:I am pretty strictly a small animal (dogs and cats only) veterinarian. All I know about rabbits is that they are more sensitive to almost everything (antibiotics, etc) so it probably is something to be concerned about. You will need to contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotic animals (rabbits are considered exotic) and/or contact a poison control hotline like: ASPCA poison hot line at (888) 426-4435. Definitely have the active ingredient of the spray ready when you call them.

Date: Jun 25, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poising

Question:What can I purchase at the store to give my chihuaha. She has body stiffness, weak, unable to stand up by herself???

Answer:Her symptoms are so general, it could be from a lot of things, including poisoning, but also heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, etc etc. A trip to see your veterinarian and possibly some blood work should help determine if she has been poisoned and what medications can help her.

Date: Jun 25, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Steps over ant killing liquid

Question:I sprayed some ant killing liquid around my house and about 30 min. Later my dog steps over it, I haven't seen anything bad but I am curious if he is okay

Answer:Most ant spray isn't very toxic to dogs but it totally depends on the active ingredient. You can call the 1-800 number on the can or a poison control hotline: Here is one number : ASPCA poison hot line at (888) 426-4435.

Date: Jun 24, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poison

Question:My dog died a month ago out of nowhere and he was very healthy and was all caught up on shots. He was fine one day then a week later he started acting ill and passed. Well now my dads dog is acting the same he's not eating barely drinking water and peeing where he's laying and won't or can't move when he gets up to walk he walks like he's drunk and he can't keep his body held up he's weak and is hiding in the closest where he never goes. Does this sound like he's been poisoned?

Answer:Poisoning is possible but so are a lot of other things - the only way you will be better able to tell is to take him to your veterinarian and have them run some tests on him.

Date: Jun 21, 2017
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poisoning

Question:My dog is not eating anything from last 4 days. He is also not responding to any actions and has become very weak . He is only drinking water sometimes. Is this symptom of poison eating.

Answer:Poison is possible but so are many other things - a trip to see your veterinarian will help determine what is going on.


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