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Poison Information for Pets

Poison Helpline 131126

During this distressing time, when our dogs are sadly targeted whilst enjoying their walks, we need to stay vigilant. We wanted to share some information about signs of and treatment for toxins and Poisons exposure.

When a pet has been exposed to a suspected poison, quick, and appropriate action is vital. 

Evaluate

Identify as much as possible about the toxin your pet ingested, including the label name, active ingredients, and what quantity they consumed or were exposed to. Remove any additional toxin out of reach or keep your pet away from the source of the poison. Observe your pet’s symptoms, both for normal and abnormal behavior. Even if your pet appears normal, they may still be affected by the toxin. Depending on the toxin and the amount ingested/exposed to, symptoms may appear straight away, or they may take longer to show.

Call your vet

After evaluating, call your Vet.Depending on your pet’s condition, they may offer first aid over the phone, tell you to bring your pet to the clinic or possible direct you straight to an emergency clinic. Follow your vet’s instructions carefully to ensure the best outcome.

Poison Helpline 131126

 Signs of Poisoning

GENERAL POISONING

·        Restlessness, hyperactivity

·        Panting

·        Dry retching or vomiting

·        Abdominal discomfort

·        Diarrhoea

·        Weakness, unable to stand or poor coordination

·        Collapse or unconsciousness

 Common types of poisons that pets may consume and their signs.

SNAIL BAIT POISONING

·        Incoordination

·        Large (dilated) pupils

·        Tremors and/or convulsions

·        Increased/excessive salivation

RAT BAIT POISONING

 Signs develop 2-7 days after ingestion

·        Bruising

·        Bleeding

·        Lethargy

·        Difficulty breathing and/or coughing up blood

·        Pale gums

HUMAN MEDICATIONS

(E.g. Aspirin and Paracetamol)

Cats are more sensitive to these medications than dogs

·        Depression

·        Vomiting (possibly with blood)

·        Rapid respiratory rate

·        Pale gums

·        Anorexia and/or lethargy

·        Muscle weakness

·        Seizures

·        Coma

ETHYLENE GLYCOL (Antifreeze Toxicity)

·        Vomiting

·        Nausea

·        Depression

·        Increased water intake (dogs) and increased urination

·        Ataxia and knuckling

·        Salivation

·        Lethargy or coma

·        Seizures

·        Anorexia

LEAD POISONING

Lead is found in old paints, some artist paints, lead toys and battery plates. The most common route of exposure is by ingestion.

SIGNS

Vomiting

Diarrhoea

Anorexia

Abdominal pain

Lethargy

Hysteria

Seizures

Blindness

When you have evaluated your pet’s toxin and signs, contact the Poison Helpline 131126. They can determine if the substance your pet ingested or was exposed to is toxic.

For more information, visit the Poison Helpline 131126