Toxic Ingestion and When to See an Emergency Vet
Each year, hundreds of thousands of cats, dogs, and other pets become poisoned. Often, poisoning is caused by seemingly harmless substances. Sadly, some pets ultimately perish due to poisoning. If you suspect that your pet has swallowed something dangerous or poisonous, you need to get in touch with an emergency vet right away. Contact Clinton Hill Animal Clinic in Brooklyn to speak with Dr. Dendtler as soon as possible.
Common Household Poisons
Did you know that many dogs and other pets end up poisoning themselves by eating human medication? Perhaps you have a headache and you take some ibuprofen or naproxen pills. You set the bottle on the counter after taking a small dose then become distracted. Your dog might come along, knock the bottle over, and then swallow the pills.
Unfortunately, your dog or other pet may now be poisoned. Some medications that do not affect people negatively, even in high doses, can be quite dangerous to pets in low doses. Human foods can also be dangerous. For example, grapes, a family favorite, can cause kidney failure in dogs. Xylitol, a sweetener used in a variety of foods, can mess with your dog’s blood sugar levels and even induce kidney failure.
You might be fighting off rodents and bugs around your home. If so, there is a good chance that you are using traps that poison the vermin. Unfortunately, if your dog or other pet swallows or licks these traps, it could poison your furry friend. Furthermore, some plants, including tulips and sago palms, can cause a variety of health problems. Then there is chocolate, which is poisonous in part due to the caffeine. Soda or anything else with caffeine can harm your pets.
When To Contact an Emergency Vet
If you suspect that your pet has swallowed a dangerous chemical or another substance, get in touch with an emergency vet right away. Proper care can save your pet’s life but if you delay it may be too late. If you notice blood in the stool or vomit, or your pet is acting lethargic or seems distressed, it is wise to speak with a veterinarian right away.
Contact Our Emergency Veterinary in Brooklyn
Contact Clinton Hill Animal Clinic in Brooklyn for emergency veterinary care. Call our team today at (718) 623-3999 to speak with Dr. Dendtler.