Toxic Ingestion or Pet Poisoning

Although no pet owner wants to experience it, pet poisoning is a common occurrence and you better know the symptoms to give your pet the urgent care required. At Care Pet Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, we offer emergency veterinary care services. In most cases, pet poisoning is avoidable, and fatal or severe symptoms can be avoided if you are well-equipped. Here is what you need to know about pet toxic ingestion.

Pet Poisoning

Common Household Items That May Be Toxic to Your Pet

When you hear about pet poisoning, you may think it involves dangerous chemicals and substances. However, most substances that cause pet poisoning are everyday household items that seem harmless to you. These substances can be found in your cabinet, backyard, or kitchen table. Below are the common household substances that may be toxic to your cat or dog:

  • Human and pet medicine
  • People’s food, including chocolate, alcohol, and raisins
  • Insecticides
  • Washing detergents
  • Household plants, such as tulips and daffodils
  • Chemical hazards, including anti-freeze and paint thinners
  • Fertilizer
  • Heavy metals

Just like you keep away all dangerous chemicals from your children, the same should go for your pets. Store drugs and other chemicals in pet-proof containers and cabinets where your pets can’t reach. Also, consult your vet to identify plants that are toxic to your pets.

Prevention is the first line of defense in keeping your pets safe from toxins.

Signs of Pet Poisoning

Beyond an empty bottle or munched-up plant, there are other signs you can keep your eyes peeled to know your pet has ingested poison. These include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting blood
  • Lethargy

Get Pet Care form a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital

Here at Care Pet Animal Hospital, a veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL, offers complete pet care and treats an array of ‘patients’ including dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic pets and farm animals. In addition to being an emergency vet, we also offer house calls and mobile vet services. Call 904-992-1888 to schedule an appointment for pet care with a veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL.