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Animal Poisoning: How to Deal With It
Most pet owners tend to make health and happiness a priority for their pets. While this is typically an easy task for the most part, occasionally an owner may find themselves in difficult situations. Accidental poisoning, for instance, is a somewhat common threat to pet safety. So how can a pet owner prepare for dangerous situations where their pet has ingested toxins?
Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Pet Poisoning
Cats, dogs, and other animals will display a number of symptoms that are indicative of poisoning. The most frequent symptoms include vomiting, excessive thirst, increased urination, decreased urination, diarrhea, sluggishness, fainting, tremors and an abnormal heart rate. If you notice your pet struggling with any of these symptoms, it is time to seek out help.
What Are the Causes of Poisoning?
Poisons can be found anywhere, from medications to household cleaning products. Common pet toxins include insecticides, bleach, antifreeze, prescription drugs (for pets or for humans), poisonous plants and rodent bait. Certain types of food can cause harm if ingested. Generally, you shouldn't feed your pet chocolate, onions, alcohol, macadamia nuts, rhubarb, yaw yeast and potato leafs. If you aren't sure whether a certain type of food will be safe for your pet to consume, the best course of action would be to look it up online. With online search results, you can find plenty of dietary information for cats and dogs.
What Should You Do If an Animal is Poisoned?
Veterinarians warn against trying to induce vomiting unless instructed by a medical expert. If an animal is facing a life-threatening situation, call a local emergency number or poison control number. Your pet could be facing a serious medical issue; ignoring his or her ailment could lead to more severe problems like internal bleeding, kidney failure, or liver failure. If you aren't sure but suspect that your pet has ingested toxins, it is better to be safe than sorry - seek veterinary help immediately.
How a Veterinarian Can Help
Pet owners also have the option of bringing their loved ones to our animal hospital. An accredited veterinarian will be able to identify symptoms, diagnose the problem, provide relief and treat your pet with the best solution available.
Contact Crosspointe Animal Hospital for Any Symptoms of Toxic Poisoning
Crosspointe Animal Hospital serves the Fairfax Station area with the utmost care and compassion. Our practice is AAHA certified and committed to bringing the best healthcare to your pet. Contact us by phone, fax or email to schedule an appointment.