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Toxic ingestion is one of the most common reasons we see dog and cat patients in our office. At Callfield Companion Animal Clinic, we're experienced in treating pets that have ingested a wide variety of poisonous substances. Our emergency veterinarian can care for your pet, but it's key that you get it to us as soon as possible. Paying attention to your pet's actions and behaviors are the most important step in making sure they don't suffer permanent damage from any type of poisoning.
Dogs and cats will eat or drink a surprising number of toxic substances, poisoning themselves in the process. While it's impossible for owners to keep every dangerous substance out of the reach of their pets, it is important for them to know what could hurt their dog or cat. Some of the most common pet poisons are:
Not every pet displays symptoms when they've ingested something poisonous. It all depends on what they eat or drink, and how much of it they take in. Some of the more common symptoms are lack of appetite, increased thirst, shaking or seizure, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, whining, and hiding. It's important that you watch your pet's environment, looking for signs that it has gotten into a forbidden package. Plastic bottles with teeth marks, ripped or torn bags, or spilled ingredients.
If you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, don't hesitate to act. Put your dog or cat somewhere safe, such as a closed bedroom, and call an emergency veterinarian. The vet's staff will give you further instructions on how to care for your pet.
Our Wichita Falls veterinarian can care for emergency cases such as poison ingestion during our regular office hours. For any questions or to make an appointment, call our office at (940) 692-7000 today.