Ask the Vet About Poisoned Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Poisoned Dogs and Cats
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Dr. Michael Dym

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: Jan 13, 2021
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog ate rat poison
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Question:How many hours do i have to observe my dog who ate a rat poison? i dont know how much she could have eaten. As of the moment she’s doing okay.

Answer:It depends on the active ingredient - some are within minutes to hours, others take days to show signs. When a toxicity issue arises and you need immediate help, here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com. Toxicity depends on the exact active ingredient, strength (concentration), amount ingested and weight of your dog - have all of that ready for the toxicity expert.

Date: Jan 1, 2021
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Grapes
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Question:I did not know grapes were poisonous to dogs. I fed my beagle (35lbs) 2 large frozen red grapes. What do I look for if he develops kidney failure?

Answer:A very small percentage of dogs are very sensitive to the toxic effects of grapes, but that still is not a very large exposure. Kidney failure usually starts as inappetance (not eating well), increased thirst and urinating and progresses to weight loss, vomiting, etc.

Date: Jan 1, 2021
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poisoning by pain medicine
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Question:I have a Maltese that is being treated for back pain. We completed her medication and she was still showing symptoms. I gave her a does of my other Maltese and now she is whimpering, diarrhea

Answer:Many pain medications can upset their stomach - I would need to know a lot more about your dog's situation to really advise you (what pain meds you are using, how painful, how much she weighs, etc.) so consult your veterinarian that examined her for the best advice.

Date: Jan 1, 2021
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Aflatoxin
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Question:Our dog food was recalled due to aflatoxin poisoning. My American bully is showing symptoms. What are good things to do for her at home to support detox?

Answer:It depends on how the toxins are affecting her - ideally see your veterinarian for some blood work to know what medications are best.

Date: Jan 1, 2021
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting and diaorientation
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Question:Hello my name is James oboyle and I have a 6 year old American red nose pitbull and last night around midnight she started being clumsy disorientated running into things and then started vomiting at first the vomit had chunks of food that she had digested in it and then a few times later no food nothing but yellowish brownish color fluid and then it started to become pinkish in color and thicker looking but I'm trying to figure out what to do as none of the veterinarian clinics in my area are open and what I need to do if she has been poisoned I have a sample of some of the vomit just in case I do find an emergency veterinarian please help

Answer:The continued vomiting and the disorientation are very worrisome. I would get her to the closest veterinarian, even if you have to drive a ways, so they can run some blood work and see what is going on.

Date: Dec 31, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Siphon Use
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Question:Hi i have an electric siphon i wanted to use to empty my turtle terrarium but was informed it was previously used with gasoline and then flushed with salt water and wanted to know if it was safe to use in the terrarium or if it would harm the turtles. thank you

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your turtle. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Dec 31, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Fern
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Question:My dog ate some of my Boston fern. He has got sick two times now and has the runs. He also has a runny nose. What should I do??

Answer:With the vomiting, it really is ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+GI+Paste-prod10905.html

Date: Dec 17, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomiting and diarrhea
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Question:My dog may have been eating the Christmas tree and has had vomiting and diarrhea for the last 3 days. Is there home treatment?

Answer:With the vomiting, it is ideal to go ahead and see your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, a good probiotic like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Fast+Balance+GI+Paste-prod10905.html And a broad spectrum dewormer is another good idea - even if she was properly dewormed as a pup - one that covers whipworms & Giardia is often helpful and won't hurt, like this one - be sure the active ingredient is fenbendazole: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Safe+Guard+Canine+Dewormer-prod12324.html

Date: Dec 4, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Roach poison
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Question:My 10pd poodle ate some Combat roach poisoning , the stuff that comes in a tube .. not sure how much but she’s jus staying in one place and i believe she has a runny nose

Answer:When a toxicity issue arises and you need immediate help, here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com. Toxicity depends on the exact active ingredient, strength (concentration), amount ingested and weight of your dog - have all of that ready for the toxicity expert.

Date: Dec 1, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Are some Dried garden plants dangerous to inhale
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Question:I'm curious if you know if there are any dried up garden plants (I don't know what it was, but hope to find out) that he may have inhaled that might have caused him to act a bit stoned and cause breathing difficulties? My dog Gus never ate any plants, I am certain of that, but he did like to walk thru a neighbors garden and smell. He did it both on last Monday, when he first acted weird and again yesterday. And yesterday he had an almost immediate reaction after smelling in the garden. He lowered him head and only looked sideways. Wouldn't respond to his name and within one hour of getting home, he died. Sorry if this makes no sense, I just want to warn other neighbors if that could have been the cause. I live in Missouri

Answer:I'm so sorry for your loss. Contact a poison control specialist for the best advice about toxicitities: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Nov 28, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Accidental ingestion of comfort geriatric tablets
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Question:How do I treat my 6 month for ingesting multiple comfort geriatric tablets?

Answer:When a toxicity issue arises and you need immediate help, here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com. Toxicity depends on the exact active ingredient, strength (concentration), amount ingested and weight of your dog - have all of that ready for the toxicity expert.

Date: Nov 16, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ate chocolate
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Question:My blue heeler Australian Shepherd is nursing 12 puppies she ate my king-size candy bar

Answer:That isn't ideal, of course, especially since she is nursing, but chocolate isn't as toxic as most people (and the internet) think. It depends on the exact kind of chocolate (dark vs milk vs something else) and how much she weighs - have all of that ready when you contact a poison control specialist: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Nov 10, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tea Tree Oil
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Question:We have two English Springer Spaniels, and my doctor has me applying tea tree oil to a couple of my toenails each night. Is smelling it potentially harmful to my dogs? They don't lick or come into contact with it.

Answer:No smelling it is not harmful - but like you are thinking, don't let them lick it.

Date: Nov 9, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My two dogs ate poison
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Question:Kindly assist me with home remedy for my dogs. For the past three days, they have not eaten anything and keep vomiting green liquid thus causing severe weakness. I have checked for drugs pharmacy and veterinarian in Liberia but we have none find any. Hope you can help me save these two dogs.

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. If you know it was from a toxin, try to find "activated charcoal" from a human drug store, but getting them to a veterinarian is much more ideal. 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: Nov 6, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seizures
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Question:At 3 months old my puppy ate a dried eucalyptus leaf vet induced vomiting and gave him charcoal and he cane out fine all blood tests For liver and kidneys normal. He is now 6 months and had neuter and dew claws removed the following day had grand mal seizures spent 2 days at vet and had a total of 4 seizures he is now home on seizure meds. He also has non cardiogenic pulmonary edema for unknown reason could be from vomit getting in lungs but hopefully is just temporary. He is now almost 3 days with no seizures. Vet said he is epileptic. Could the epilepsy be caused from eating the eucalyptus leaf 3 months ago?

Answer:Eucalyptus leaves do not cause residual seizures months later when they did not when they were first ingested, that I know of, but contact a poison control specialist for the best advice: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

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