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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I

Question:My dog is just sitting & moving her head back & forth like she's dizzy & drooling.

Answer:I would need to examine her and/or run some blood work, to really give you any kind of useful advice - it could be many things like poisoning, metabolic problems, trauma, etc. etc. so definitely have your veterinarian check her out if it continues.

Date: Apr 8, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poison dog

Question:I have a two-year-old Australian Shepherd mix had since birth. This is behavior changed immensely in about one hour he went from being distant to being super cuddly and even allowing me to lay my head on him while he was panting and his painting was rather strong in longer than usual when hes panting. He ran away earlier this morning which led me to believe that he possibly got poisoned by our neighbor who hates all of our dogs and we try our best to keep him away from them but we live on a farm and sometimes they get away. He sat down on his butt and yelped but there was nothing there I checked him and I gave them a bath earlier in the day I checked him for any kind of injuries in case the neighbor may have tried to hurt him or shoot him there is nothing. We went for our evening walk he ate his dinner and drink and have some treats was fine. About two hours after we came back from our walk is when you start acting weird hes always inside the house in the evenings never spent the night outside and he currently went outside so bad so I let him out and usually when hes done doing his business he would bark well an hour went By and no bark, so I go outside to check him hes laying in the mud, usually hes a preppy dog and never likes to lay in mud or walk in it and always comes the doors are open it didnt come even when you called so I go inside grab his bed put it outside in the porch to see if hes lying on it want to do that he went underneath the porch and thats where hes been and will not come out unless I drag him out hes still panting like crazy I have not seen any vomiting or diarrhea since weve been inside I just not understanding whats going on with him I thought whenever I saw him outside when he stood up but there was a worm right or anything but then it really look like a worm from a dogBut that could be a possibility as well.

Answer:It definitely sounds like something serious is going on: poisoning, trauma (hit by car, shot, etc. - they don't always have obvious external wounds), etc. Unless he improves really quickly, I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check him out. (Worms wouldn't effect him that suddenly and severely. But worms are easy to treat, but you need to know which one(s) he has - there are many - if you start just guessing, use a broad spectrum dewormer that covers whip worms, like Panacur - there is a link to Panacur in this link about causes of weight loss and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/causes-weight-loss-dog-cat-37.htm)

Date: Apr 8, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poisoning

Question:My 5 year old min pin mix ingested a piece of butter that was sprayed with raid. The piece was about 1/2" x 1/2". What should I do?

Answer:It depends on the exact active ingredients and concentration and how much your min pin weighs - have the can of Raid ready and that information when you contact a poison control specialist like thes folks: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 (Keep this number handy so you can call immediately when something toxic may have been ingested.)

Date: Apr 5, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Glen 20

Question:If a dog inhales glen 20 is that harmful to a bulldog?

Answer:For specific toxicities, contact a poison specialist like these folks for the best advice: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435

Date: Apr 1, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Poisoning

Question:My cat is drooling heavily and his tongue is hanging out and he refuses to eat or drink milk or water

Answer:The symptoms you are describing are so general, it's hard for me to start guessing what might be going on, but severe enough to go ahead and have your veterinarian check him out if they continue or worsen.

Date: Mar 30, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: possibility our dog ate poison

Question:We live in a community that was treating for rats over the winter. we do not know if our dog ate poison, or if there was poison under our house but we caught her eating something and she has been smacking her lips ever since. we do not have the ability to get her to a vet till the morning. I gave her a lil bit of milk thinking it might help line her stomach to deter absorption but otherwise nothing. Is there anything I can do? Is it just a monitor and see? If she shows signs what steps can I take to hold over till morning? Thanks

Answer:These questions are checked at least once a day, usually more often but when your pet ingests something toxic, you need to speak with a poison control expect immediately, like these folks, so keep a number like this handy: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-443

Date: Mar 25, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bleach water poisoning

Question:My dog got away from us and went to the kitchen. She had found the mop water that contains clorox bleach and water. She jumped on my lap and her breath smelt strongly of it. I dont know how much she drank. Shes a small chihuahua but tall for being one. Shes about 4-5months and shes shake the vet clinic reseptionist said to give her a tablespoon of peroxide to induce vomiting but i keep reading not to induce vomiting . What do i do?!

Answer:It has been too long ago to induce vomiting but yes, we worry about bleach coming back up and ulcerating the esophagus so it's usually not a good idea for them to throw it up. As far as how much it will effect her, it depends on how diltued the bleach was, how much she ingested and how much she weighs. Have all of that ready when you contact a poison control specialist like these folks: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435. Keep this number on hand in case something like that happens again you can get in touch with someone immediately.

Date: Mar 20, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Stress 0r Pain?

Question:I have a 6 year old female calico cat who we found fleas on her stomach early morning so my mom put Hartz dog flea drops on the area without asking me and I had to wash that area with dish wash soap and a wet cloth but I did it 2 times and it stressed her out now she's hiding from place to place while meowing randomly. She won't eat and I can't tell if she is breathing fast while trying to sleep or shivering. I don't know if its from stress or being in pain. While she walks her leg twitches or spasms.

Answer:Depending on how long ago the flea medication was applied, how much she absorbed, how long it was on her, etc. it may be the toxic effects of the medication so it is ideal for your veterinarian to check her out.

Date: Mar 18, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Refluxing or gaging

Question:What would cause my dig to reflux or like he's gaging trying to throw something up but nothing is coming out

Answer:It's going to be hard for me to recommend anything for you without examining him and getting a detailed history because there are so many causes of vomiting. Add to that, it is often hard to differentiate coughing, reverse sneezing, regurgitation, and vomiting. So see your veterinarian if it continues and/or worsens. Here is a link to our article about various causes of vomiting and potential treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/vomiting-causes-dog-cat-36.htm

Date: Mar 11, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I think my dog has been poisoned

Question:My dog which is 6 months old is bleeding from the mouth and is not moving he will not eat or drink anything is it possible he could have got into rat poison or something and what can I do to help him

Answer:Yes, definitely get him to your veterinarian as quickly as possible - whatever is going on sounds serious.

Date: Mar 7, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Lavender Essential oils

Question:Is it safe to use lavender essential oils in a cool mist humidifier around cats and dogs

Answer:No, especially the cat - that's the short, safe answer for now until more testing is done. MAny of the essential oils used to be thought of as safe and we are finding many are toxic.

Date: Mar 1, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible ingestion of Vitamin D3

Question:My 45 llb dog may have ingested one 1000 IU Vitamin D3 gel. Not sure but inquiring if this is a lethal dose for her?

Answer:For exact toxicity concerns, contact a poison control specialist like these folks: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435

Date: Mar 1, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: When she gets up she is very wobbly

Question:What can be wrong with my dog she is wobbly falls over in barely eats and drinks

Answer:With so little information to go on, it could be just about anything: low blood sugar and she just needs to eat (very rare actually) to rabies and cancer and multiple kinds of toxins/poisonings. . . and then everything in between, so definitely see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

Date: Feb 26, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Poison

Question:I gave chocolate to my kitten,and I dont know that its not good for pets. Now shes not feeling well vomiting and not even eat his food.What will do now Dr. ? I cant afford to bring him in Vet.thanks so much

Answer:If the kitten is vomiting, there is nothing that will be effective at home because the kitten will just vomit it up so seeing a veterinarian is ideal. Tell them that you have financial restraints and most will work with you.

Date: Feb 23, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poisoned Dog

Question:Our dog is not well since yesterday night he kepts on shaking especially in his back part and make some noise. We think that he maybe poisoned or bit by a crazy dog what should we do? Please reply

Answer:The clinical signs that you mention are too non-specific for me to really guess what is going on to try to help you, so see a veterinarian near you if his symptoms persist or worsen.


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