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: Oct 9, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible poisoning from plant
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Question:I am trying to figure out why my son’s 4 month old kitty passed away. He was fine until he ate a small bit of a money plant. He became lethargic, was extremely thirsty, had tremors and lost the use of his rear hind leg. His decline was very rapid and he passed before he was able to get to the vet. Any insight would be gratefully appreciated!

Answer:I am so sorry for your loss. For toxicitiy issues, contacting a poison control specialist is ideal. Here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Oct 3, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: my dog ate chocolate
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Question:What will happen if my dog ate a bite size chocolate with the wrapper

Answer:If it was milk chocolate, unless your dog is really really tiny, it probably won't be a problem - here is a chocolate toxicity calculator to check and be sure: http://veterinaryclinic.com/chocolate/calc.html 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.

Date: Oct 2, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Poisoning by consuming toilet cleaner
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Question:Hi, my cat stamped on the toilet cleaner and some amount got stuck to it's paw. I immediately washed it with soap water however since they tend to groom I am worried and thus thought of checking with the doctor

Answer:For toxicitiy issues, consulting a toxicology specialist is ideal - have the active ingredient of the cleaner ready when you call: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Oct 1, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Thymol household disinfectants?
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Question:I was looking at alternative cleansers and disinfectants to Clorox wipes (active ingredients: 0.15% ALKYL DIMETHYL BENZYL AMMONIUM CHLORIDE and 0.15% ALKYL DIMETHYL ETHYLBENZYL AMMONIUM CHLORIDE). I saw a safer (for humans) alternative offered with the active ingredient of Thymol. For example the brand Seventh Generation uses a concentration of 0.05% Thymol as the active ingredient in its disinfectants. However, I know phenols can be very toxic to cats. In a concentration of 0.05%, is Thymol disinfectant cleaner a safe enough alternative around cats?

Answer:For toxicitiy issues, consulting a toxicology specialist is ideal: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Sep 17, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I think I poisoned my dogs help
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Question:Please help me, I gave my dogs benadryl allergy and sinus, diphenhydramine hcl & phenylephrine hcl tablets, antihistamine, nasal decongestant

Answer:For toxicitiy issues, consulting a toxicology specialist is ideal: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Sep 16, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ingested a little flea medicine
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Question:my cat ingested some flea medicine. He got super drooly but it stopped after like 15 minutes if that he stopped. I gave him a bath to get it off of him. He was eating and drinking shortly after and has been laying around most of the day like normal. He hasnt used the bathroom as far as I know though. He's also been cuddly and playful. I called the vet and they told me there's nothing they can really do. And I didn't take him to the ER because they said he should be okay and there's nothing they would honestly do because he's eating and drinking and playful. Im wondering if this is all correct and if not what to do now because its been almost 12 hours since this all happened. And also how long it can take for something to happen and how long I need to keep and eye on him. The medicine was Hartz for kitten 12 weeks and older and for cats 5 pounds and up he is 2 years almost and over the weight requirement. Please help me and my cat. He is my support animal and my baby and my best friend I can't lose him. I feel so guilty.

Answer:Since he is "eating and drinking and playful" and you rinsed it off, it sounds like he will be fine. But for toxicitiy issues, consulting a toxicology specialist is ideal: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Sep 15, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Poss poison
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Question:If a neighbor sprayed round up around their house could it come over into our yard?

Answer:For toxicitiy issues, consulting a toxicology specialist is ideal: here are a couple of options: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: 1-(888) 426-4435 or websites like JustAnswer.com.

Date: Sep 11, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Not sure if he got into something
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Question:Our dog is a 7 -8 month Pitbull and Sharpe, last night he started acting strange he wasn’t listening to me we were in the garage and he laid down in front of my car and wouldn’t come, so I looked and there’s a puddle underneath my car oily brownish but it looks undisturbed and to far under the car for him to reach he couldn’t fit underneath car, but then I remembered him drinking a lot of water from a puddle outside in which there’s probably a lot of cigarette ashes in. The reason I say all this is because I’m worried about some type of poisoning he’s acting tired won’t eat he went into the bedroom closet last night and didn’t want to come out. This morning he was still acting kind of lethargic then perked up quite a bit, went outside with me pooped and peed was playful but then he started shaking off and on. Started moving slowly and just wants to lay down. I’m the grandma and puppy sitting my daughter and her husband are out of town. I don’t want to worry them. I’m hoping you can make some sense of what is going on with him. He’s not throwing up and no diarrhea solid poop. I think that’s everything, please help.

Answer:FRom what you describe, it's hard for me to guess what is going on with him either without doing a physical exam and probably running some blood work so see your local veterinarian if it continues and/or if he vomits.

Date: Sep 9, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Blood Transfusion question
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Question:Are blood transfusions risky? My vet said that my dog may need up to three blood transfusions and I'm worried that he might get worse if a severe reaction occurs.

Answer:There are risks with almost all medical procedures. With blood transfusions, the reward usually far outweighs any risks.

Date: Sep 8, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: unknown poison
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Question:What are thing that can be done

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.

Date: Sep 5, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Spaz my friends cat
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Question:My friends cat is vomiting clear and foamy liquid and is losing weight doesn’t want to eat or drink anything won’t let his owners open his mouth anymore and is overall distressed

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. 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: Sep 4, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Internal bleeding
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Question:My dog has black bloody stool, large bruises on lower abdomen, and bleeding from bum. His vet is sending us to emergency, He thinks its poison.

Answer:Yes, that sounds like a clotting abnormality that will often be due to toxins like rat poison. (There are other possibilities but all need immediae veterinary attention so I'm glad you are going to the emergency vet.)

Date: Aug 27, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unknown poison
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Question:How would i treat a dog if whatever poisoned them is unknown?

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.

Date: Aug 25, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Toxicity of food
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Question:Hi, I dropped some green tea granules from a tea bag onto the carpet. I think I got them all but just in case, are small dogs / cats in life danger if they consume one or two of these granules?

Answer:Probably not, but I would need to see exactly what you mean by "granule". 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.

Date: Aug 25, 2020
Category: Poisoning
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: He ate rat poison 4 days ago
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Question:My cane corso may have ate the poison called "Just 1 Bite" its peanut based so his diarhea is yellow like the poison i gave him milk and powder charcoal so far he "seems" ok other than the drippy poo he is eating he is panting normally

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.

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