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Toxic Ingestion

Emergency Pet Care for Common Toxins and Poisons that Cats and Dogs Ingest

With poison ingestion, it is always best to seek emergency care right away. Whenever possible, bring the ingested substance with you. If you fear that your pet has ingested poison, seek help right away! These prevention tips from your Pensacola veterinarian can help keep your home safe for your companion animals:

Dog looking at food he cant eat.

  • Similar to small children, pets should also be kept safe from prescription medicines. Do not store any drugs where your four-legged friend could reach and ingest them. 
  • Flea and tick medications are another common poison that is ingested by pets. Be sure to take caution when applying any topical medications, and keep all flea and tick prevention medicine out of reach.
  • Household cleaners should always be kept in an area that is not accessible to your dog or cat. Be aware that many pets, especially cats, are able to open cabinet doors. 
  • Chocolate and other human foods. Chocolate and caffeine are very dangerous to your pet, as is alcohol and any product containing the sweetener Xylitol.
  • Produce such as avocados, grapes, raisins, and macadamia nuts. It is always best to limit the amount of people food that you feed your pet.
  • Plant-life can also cause danger when ingested by your pet. Avoid daffodils, tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons, and Sago palms when you are outside with your pet. 
  • Any pesticide that is used in your garden or on your lawn is harmful to your pet. Do not allow your pet outside after application until a safe amount of time has passed. Look for alternative products that do not contain these harmful chemicals in order to protect your pet.
  • Insecticides used to control bugs and vermin can be harmful and even fatal to your pet. Your exterminator can help to minimize the chance of contact with your family pet.

Signs and Symptoms of Toxic Ingestion

Your veterinarian in Pensacola is here to provide treatment in the event that your pet ingests harmful substances or poisons. Always know where the closest 24-hour emergency facility is located in case you ever need them. Common signs of poisoning that require immediate attention:

  • Unexplained vomiting or diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Collapse or become lethargic
  • Racing heart rate

Brentwood Animal Hospital, Your Pensacola Veterinarian, Provides Emergency Pet Care

If you fear that your pet has ingested poison, please bring them to our facility immediately or to the nearest 24-hour vet facility if it is outside of our normal business hours. For regular appointment scheduling, call (850) 434-2646.

Brentwood Animal Hospital is conveniently located at 5101 North Palafox Street in Pensacola.