- Poisons and toxins can enter the body through ingestion, inhalation, and skin contact and all act differently than others on how they affect the body
- Many times pet owners are unsure if the pet was in contact with poison and are treating based on symptoms.
- Treatment for different poisons depends on how they affect the boday.
What Does It Look Like?
- Poison can present with almost any symptoms depending on type of poison
- Rat poison - abnormal bruising and bleeding
- Antifreeze - vomiting, lethargy, and urinary changes
- Oleander Ingestion - rapid heart rate and fainting
- Drugs - usually presents with similar effects/symptoms as humans
What Do You Do?
- Call the ASPCA Poison Control Center - 1-888-426-4436
- Do not induce vomiting if the substance is caustic like bleach, cleaner, etc
- If instructed to induce vomiting, use the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide in your bag. You can give 1 teaspoon (5ml) per 5 lbs of weight up to a max of 3 teaspoons.
- If the toxin was inhaled, get your pet into fresh air. If the toxin was from skin contact, bathe gently with water and a mild dish soap
- Seek out veterinary care ASAP