It happens more often than you think. From innocently licking up spilled cleaning supplies to gobbling up an intentionally laced item of food, poisoning in dogs is sadly a common occurrence.
How to recognize if your dog has been poisoned
The symptoms your dog will present with differ depending on the type of poisoning.
What are the most common causes of poisoning in dogs?
When should I go to the vet?
If you suspect poisoning, don’t hesitate, take your pet to the vet immediately. If you can, take the source of the poison, as well as a sample of the expelled bodily fluids. All this information could be highly beneficial for diagnosing and ultimately prescribing the best course of treatment.
Your vet will do a thorough examination, will potentially take a blood sample, and will then prescribe treatment accordingly. There are a number of treatment options available depending on what was ingested/inhaled, as well treating the animal supportively to alleviate the pain and discomfort.
How to prevent your pets from being poisoned
The best course of action, as always, is prevention. Keep all potentially harmful substances out of ‘pet-reach’. If you spill bleach, mop it up immediately. Don’t give your dogs foods from the toxic list – no matter how much they beg. Avoid stocking your garden with dog-unfriendly plants, And If you spot strange food lying about in your garden, firstly remove your animal from the vicinity, then examine it for any traces of poison (aldicarb looks like black irregular grains or rice). Do not touch it, unless you are wearing gloves. Report it to the police, inform your neighbours and keep a watchful eye for unwanted strangers in your ‘hood. And preferably keep your dogs inside at night.
If you have any questions or concerns with regards to your pets, it is advisable to consult a registered veterinarian.