The symptoms of poisoning can vary from one pet to another. Depending on the poison, the amount of intake, and the pet’s health condition, you may observe signs such as the following:
The heart is vital in blood circulation, supplying the pet’s body with nutrients and oxygen. When your pet ingests poison, it affects the functioning of the heart causing an irregular heartbeat. An irregular heart rhythm is a consequence of many medications or plants like jimson weed, milkweed, and mountain laurel. If your dog has an irregular heart rhythm, our veterinarians at Waldorf Emergency Care can give you first aid instructions over the phone before you reach our office.
Pets are fond of eating foreign objects, especially when they have pica. They may ingest substances or medicines like tobacco, marijuana, aspirin, flea repellents, insecticide, antidepressants, alcohol, detergents, and gasoline. These can cause seizures or other neurological symptoms. Your pet may not be safe in the presence of some animals. For example, some snakes, frogs, and spiders can release toxic substances which may harm your pet, causing seizures. You should get emergency pet care to prevent fatal damage to your pet’s organs.
After removing the poisonous substance from your pet’s reach, perform first aid to keep your pet’s life out of danger. If you do not know the specific procedure, contact our veterinarians for proper instructions.