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Toxic Ingestion/ Poison

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Veterinary Care for Toxic Ingestions/Poisonings at Tahoma Veterinary Hospital

A variety of plants, chemicals, foods, and other items can be toxic to pets. Unfortunately, many of the most common pet poisons are commonly found in the home. That's why pet owners need to understand the signs of a toxic ingestion and when to take their pets in for emergency care. Our team at Tahoma Veterinary Hospital of Spanaway is here for you and your pet in these dire situations.

Common Pet Poisons

Some of the most common poisons pets get into include antifreeze, paint, human medication, chocolate, alcohol, certain plants like poinsettias, tree preservatives used for Christmas trees, and pesticides.

Symptoms of Toxic Ingestion

A poisoned pet will show one or more of these symptoms: excessive drooling, gagging, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, loss of coordination, paralysis, shaking, seizures, yellow or pale gums, irregular heartbeat, and drinking a substantial amount of water but refusing to eat.

What to Do

If your pet has been poisoned, keep him or her in a safe place, call us for emergency care, and follow whatever instructions we provide you. We will ensure your pet is seen by one of our medical professionals immediately.

Do Not Try to Make Your Pet Vomit

Unless instructed by our veterinarians, do not induce vomiting. Some poisons are corrosive and will do more damage passing back through the throat. Some breeds of dogs or cats with flat faces, like pugs or Persians, are at risk of choking if they are made to vomit.

Treatment for Toxic Ingestion

In some cases of toxic ingestion, our vets will need to induce vomiting. This can help get the poison out of your pet's body, so he or she does not further digest the material. Intravenous fluids can help flush out your pet's system. Hydration can dilute the toxin and prevent dehydration. In addition, our veterinarians can track your pet's vital signs, providing additional fluids as necessary. We may also prescribe certain medications to offer support for the pet's organs after toxic ingestion.

Contact Us for Emergency Vet Care from Our Veterinarians in Spanaway, WA 

If you still have questions that have not been answered here and live in the Spanaway, WA area, contact Tahoma Veterinary Hospital at (253) 847-3500 to make an appointment or to learn more about how we can help.