My Pet has consumed Poison, what should I do?

Being a pet parent, you may have faced such a time when your cat or dog has consumed poison or any human item that is toxic for them such as grapes. If you don’t already know let us tell you that grapes are highly toxic for dogs and cats, and can lead to kidney failure in them.

Well, today's topic is not about the grapes specifically as we are going to tell you how should react if your pet consumes poison or what to do if you suspect your pet of consuming the poison.

What to do if I find my pet has been poisoned?

If you have witnessed yourself your pet dog or cat eating a toxic thing, do the following. (Even if you suspect they have consumed poison, you should do the following)

  • Stay calm and don't panic because you have to save the life of your pet.
  • Talk to your local animal poison control center and get their instructions. Tell them what your pet has consumed and how should you treat it. If the animal poison control center is in your municipality, take your pet there instead of taking instructions on call.
  • If there is no local animal poison control center in your area or you are unable to contact them, contact your vet in this case.
  • Induce vomiting using Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution. Hydrogen Peroxide 3% should be fresh and it must be a part of your dedicated first aid kit for pets. Note: Vomiting should only be induced if your vet or poison control center asks you to do so because it may not be a good idea to make your pets throw up in some cases.

What are the common symptoms of poisoning?

If swallowed poison:

If the pet has swallowed poison then it may cause diarrhea, vomiting, twitching, loss of appetite, ulcers, staggering, and coma, etc.

If inhaled poison:

If your pet has inhaled poison such as tear gas, smoke, insecticide, or household chemicals, the common signs are drooling, coughing, difficulty breathing, or coma.

Which of the swallowed items are considered as poison?

There are many but the most common of them are:

  • Rat poison
  • Medications (all medication for humans or pets)
  • Batteries
  • acids and chemicals

Apart from these, there are many items that are toxic to your dogs so the best advice is to keep them away from the reach of your pets.

What human food items are dangerous for pets?

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (tea & coffee)
  • Chocolate
  • Onions, garlic, grapes, and raisins

There are many others.

Better Safe than Sorry!

As a responsible pet owner, you should take care of your pets so they won't be poisoned. To take care, you can do the following.

  • Pet-proof your home - Make sure all the toxic items (such as chemicals), as well as, the important items should be out of their reach.
  • If you have a backyard or a lawn, make sure there are no poisonous plants in it. Some of the poisonous plants are tulip, oak, foxglove, mushrooms, and oleander, etc. (indoor plants also come in these criteria)
  • While on daily walks, keep an eye on your pets so they won't have an interaction with the poisonous plants.
  • Keep all medicines and drugs in a safe location. (All means all)
  • It would be best to count all the medicines, pills, insecticides, etc, that helps a lot in keeping the record of how many they have consumed.

Wrapping it up:

So, this was all about how you can prevent your pets from being poisoned and what to do if they somehow consume it. Make sure all the toxic items are out of your pets' reach. And if they consume something toxic, act wisely.

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