We love our pets and think of them as part of our family. We also hate to think of our pets getting sick, but as pet owners, we’re the first ones to recognize if something is wrong with our cat or dog. In the case of pet poisoning, you may not know what they got into and the signs of poisoning in dogs and cats can vary tremendously based on the underlying poison.
If you think your dog or cat has been poisoned, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately for assistance. When it comes to poisoning, the sooner you treat your dog or cat, the better the outcome.
While this list does not include all signs of dog and cat poisoning, some common signs generally include:
- Drooling/hyper salivating
- Lack of appetite
- Coughing of blood
- Vomiting blood
- Pale gums
- A racing heart rate
- Weakness or lethargy
- Halitosis (“uremic” breath)
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive thirst or urination
- Absence or decreased urination
- Jaundice/icterus/yellow discoloration to the gums
- Weakness or collapse secondary to a low blood sugar
- Dull mentation, acting abnormally
- Black-tarry stool (melena)
If you notice any of the above symptoms, contact your veterinarian or a pet poison specialist right away. The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24 hours, seven days a week for $59.00 US per incident. The call is free if you’re a Pets Plus Us Member and are eligible for Blue Ribbon Benefits. Get a pet health insurance quote now.
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Resources: Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control center based out of Minneapolis, is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. The staff provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline’s fee of $59.00 USD* per incident includes follow-up consultations for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com.
*Price is subject to change.