Symptoms of Dog Poisoning

by admin on July 17, 2010

Many things that are safe to humans are toxic to dogs, and vice-versa. However, some things are poisonous to the both, and as such, the symptoms of human poisoning can be similar to the symptoms of dog poisoning. The treatment for dog poisoning is also the same in many cases.

The general symptoms of dog poisoning are similar to humans, like vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of appetite and general lethargy. They are very noticeable, and if you do identify any of them you should contact a vet as soon as possible. It is important that your dog is treated in the right way, and the only person who can do that is someone with medical knowledge. Don’t think that you can cure the dog yourself, as you most likely cannot.

Your dog could also develop breathing difficulties, fever or over-salivation. These are some of the more serious symptoms which should be dealt with very quickly. Try and identify the source of the poison. Has your dog been outside today? Or is it likely to have been something from indoors? Many human drugs are poisonous to dogs. If they have eaten some pills that you left on the side, they could have become poisoned.

Your dog could have eaten something out of a garbage bin that was toxic to them. Or perhaps they ate some poisonous plants. Whatever the cause, you should try and determine as closely as you can what poisoned your dog. This is essential to vets if they want to have the best chance of curing your dog.

Symptoms of plant poisoning in your dog are very diverse and could include: irritation around the dog’s mouth, drooling from the mouth or nose, swelling around the mouth or throat, excessive thirst, an upset stomach leading to stomach pains, dilated eyes, difficulty with breathing, weakness, disorientation, shaking and an irregular heartbeat. In more extreme cases, the dog may lapse into a coma.

Some people recommend making the dog vomit to get rid of the poison, however this should not be done if the dog is unconscious or in a stupor. The best treatment for these symptoms of dog poisoning is to take the dog to a vet immediately.

Make sure you give your dog plenty of water. If you think your dog has consumed a lethal amount of poison, call 1-900-680-0000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-900-680-0000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-900-680-0000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting in the US to contact the National Animal Poison Control Center.

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Rebecca McMannis January 20, 2012 at 5:34 am

My step-daughter is devastated. Her 6 mth old female (Rosie)Dachshund died today at the vets but the vet is not giving her any answers as to why. Last night, Rosie started throwing up. Early this morning, she was still excessivly throwing up, although, she did eat all of her food this morning, she threw it right back up, and continued to throw up until it turned into a watery substance. She became very weak and lethargic, then did not even want to stand up, weak. She was rushed to the vet hospital early this morning. They gave her meds to help her nausea, which she immediatly threw up. Then Barium to check for a blockage. Through several x-rays, nothing could be detected. She was negative on parvo. She died just a little while ago. My step-daughter has an older mixed dog at home, and is now worried. She is devastated and wants to know what may have caused her beloved pup to die and is getting no answers from this vet. Please, could you give us some possibilities?

kelli March 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

What is the best in home treatment you can give your dog if you can’t afford a vet???

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Treatment for what? Is there a specific problem that needs to be addressed or do you mean for general health? In general the best things you can do for your pet to keep them healthy is buying a good quality dog food. There are some brands that have the nutritional quality of feeding your dog an old tennis shoe. If you feed your dog a healthier more completely food they are less likely to have issues with skin, coat, etc. Also giving them regular exercises will keep organ working strong and properly. There are times when there aren’t any alternatives for seeing a veterinarian. In these cases there are many options. You can apply for payment plans with your vet office or open a no interest care credit which can only be used for medical purposes and you can pay a little every month. You can also go to low cost clinics such as Vetco. There are other animal clinics that will provide services to those with low income and that can provide documents showing so, these types of clinic can be found by asking your vet or local pet stores. Lastly if these options aren’t available or not in your interest you can contact local shelters or rescues who can help raise money or will ask if you are willing to give them your animals and they will preform necessary medical attention.

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