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Posted on 04-11-2018

What to Do if Your Pet Ingests a Toxic Substance

Dog needing poison treatment in Wichita Falls

When you have a cat or dog in your home, it is important to monitor what they eat as much as possible. Pets can sometimes get into toxic substances that are dangerous for them. Knowing what to watch for and when to get in touch with an emergency veterinarian in Wichita Falls is crucial.

Common Household Poisons for Pets

Cats and dogs can become seriously ill if they ingest certain foods and plants. For example, chocolate and grapes are toxic for dogs. Lilies are toxic for cats. Other common household poisons include human medications, cleaning products, and antifreeze. Keeping these toxic substances out of your pet’s reach helps prevent accidental poisoning from occurring. However, if you believe that your pet might have ingested something toxic, you should watch for symptoms.

Signs of Poisoning in Pets

When dogs or cats have ingested a toxic substance, there are different symptoms that can occur. Pets that have been poisoned might display gastrointestinal signs, such as vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation or a loss of appetite. Other possible signs of poisoning include pale gums, a rapid heart rate, dizziness, prolonged panting, fever, weakness and an inability to stand up. If your pet has any of these signs, contact our animal clinic in Wichita Falls right away. 

Treatment for Poisoning in Pets in Wichita Falls

Depending on your pet’s symptoms, age, size and other factors, we might recommend that you come to our clinic as soon as you can. For example, if you have a senior pet or smaller pet, poisonous substances can end up doing more harm in a shorter amount of time. When you come to our clinic, we will examine your pet and provide treatment as needed. The sooner you bring your pet to us after poisoning occurs, the lower the risk of complications that could become life-threatening. 

Visit Our Wichita Falls Veterinarian

If you suspect that your dog or cat has ingested a poisonous substance, please contact Callfield Companion Animal Clinic for emergency care. Our Wichita Falls veterinarian can provide your pet with immediate help to prevent life-threatening complications.

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