How to Know if Your Pet Has Been Poisoned

If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, seek veterinary help immediately. It is better to be safe than sorry. Dr. Telles at Murrieta Family Pet Hospital in Murrieta would like to look at the signs of a poisoned pet.

Gastrointestinal Signs of Poisoning

Because poison usually enters a pet’s body after being swallowed, often the first signs of poisoning in pets are from vomiting or having diarrhea. Your pet may have both. Pets can also vomit blood or pass bloody stools. Poisoned cats and dogs often drool, which is usually a sign of nausea. The drool may have blood in it.

Behavioral Signs of Poisoning

Poisoned pets will usually become very frightened because they are in pain and they do not know what is happening. Be careful handling a pet in this state, because he or she could bite or scratch you. Pets may try to hide and not want to come out of hiding. Pets often instinctively try to hide when they feel sick.

Other Signs of Poisoning

Other signs of poisoning in pets include a loss of coordination, collapse, seizures, breathing difficulties, racing heart, pale or discolored gums, hives, and strange swellings or reddened skin.

Do Not Try to Make Your Pet Vomit

Some poisons are very corrosive. They will harm your pet more if you try to make your pet vomit. Only make your pet vomit if you know what the poison was and if a veterinarian advises you to do so.

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Call your vet or emergency pet clinic to let them know you are coming with a critical case. Our team at Murrieta Family Pet Hospital offers urgent care pet services in Murrieta, CA. Call Dr. Telles today at 951-595-7754 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.

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