Common Substances that Are Poisonous to Pets

Pet Poisoning is an Emergency Medical Condition

As a pet owner, one thing we need to be mindful of is keeping pet’s safe from substances that are poisonous to pets. We know this is difficult as pets are curious and this makes it difficult in keeping them out of trouble. Still, you can’t be too careful when it comes to some of the more common poisons for pets…..

Common Substances that Are Poisonous to Pets

Many of the foods that humans eat are poisonous to dogs and cats. A few of the most noticeable ones include:

  • Chocolate
  • foods in the Allium family
  • many types of nuts
  • xylitol

Garlic, leeks, chives, and onions are all in the Allium family. Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener. It is used in many peanut butter brands now, so always check the ingredient label if you give your pet peanut butter.

Medications for humans are also toxic to pets. Chemicals for cleaning and pest control can kill pets. Even many household plants like lilies and poinsettias are toxic for pets. Keep these substances out of the pet’s reach.

Signs of Poisoning in Pets

It isn’t always easy to spot signs of poisoning in your pets. Here are some signs to watch for:

  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, general gastrointestinal upset
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Pale gums
  • Tarry stool
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness

No matter what type of pet you have, you should get him to our veterinarian in Pensacola right away if he is showing signs of being poisoned. Be prepared to answer questions like what the pet ingested so that appropriate care can be provided.

Emergency Pet Care for Poisonings

Contact our animal hospital right away at 850-434-2646 for help if you think your pet has been exposed to a poison. Don’t try to treat a poisoning yourself at home. Our Pensacola veterinarian can let you know if there is anything you need to do, such as inducing vomiting when appropriate, before you make it to our office.

What have you done to protect your pet from poisons?