Has your dog gotten into something poisonous and eaten it? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. The first thing we need to let you know is not to panic. Remember your dog is completely dependent on you for his care. He needs you now more than ever. So, stay as calm as possible to help your fur baby.
We’ve put together some information on what you need to do if your dog has ingested a toxin. Let’s get started.
Identify the Toxin
The first thing is to identify the toxin, if possible. Did your dog eat a plant, some moldy food, or a dead thing he found outside? Try to find out what he’s eaten and how much of the poison your dog may have eaten. This can be difficult but do your best to figure out what it was.
Is there any packaging left? If so, this will be helpful for the vet.
Try to determine how long ago your dog at the toxin.
When you have all this information together, then it’s time to call the vet immediately. Don’t wait to see if your dog develops any symptoms or not. If he does, it could be too late for the vet to save him.
Never induce vomiting unless the vet instructs you to do so.
Symptoms of Poisoning in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten anything poisonous:
- Excessive drooling
- Breathing difficulties
- Heart issues
If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
Treatment of Poisoning in Dogs
The treatment your dog receives will depend on the type of poison your dog ingested. The vet may induce vomiting, give your dog activated charcoal and other medications to remove the toxin from his system. And in some cases, there may be a specific antidote available the vet will use.
In most cases, your fur baby will need an IV. This is used to rehydrate, balance electrolytes, and give your dog medications to treat symptoms. Your dog will probably have to stay in the hospital for a few days to be monitored. The vet will want to make sure he’s recovering, and no new symptoms show up.
The key here is to get your dog treated as soon as possible after he’s been poisoned. When a dog is treated ASAP, he will have a higher chance of recovering and living a long, full life afterward.