Emergency Problems and Toxicities
Should your pet come in contact with a possible toxin, the first step is taking a quick survey of the potential poisons around your home. Many pet owners don’t realize that common household cleaners, foods, plants and medications can be harmful to cats and dogs.
If you find the item in question or think that your dog or cat could have had even brief access to a toxin, bring any packaging or product descriptions with you to the veterinarian to expedite the diagnostic process. Do not attempt to induce vomiting at home or self-administer any remedies unless directed by a veterinarian.
The next step is to CALL:
When dealing with emergency situations, the most important thing to remember is to remain calm. This will benefit you, your doctors and your pet and can make the process move much smoother.
Listed below are some of the most common toxins that we see at our hospital. While this list does not encompass every toxin, it is a good guide.
ChocolateChocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which is similar to caffeine.Read More
Garlic, Onions, Leeks, ChivesToxic to both cats, and dogs (especially the Japanese breeds).Read More
MarijuanaThis is the most frequent intoxicant that we see. Canine patients will readily ingest baked goods, joints, or get into a stash.Read More
Moldy Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Moldy BreadMoldy walnuts are a common intoxicant during the moist weather months in the North Valley.Read More
NSAIDS, IbuprofenIbuprofen is highly toxic to cats and dogs.Read More
Raisins, Grapes, CurrentsThese produce an unknown toxin.Read More
RodenticidesRodenticides contain anticoagulants which inhibit blood from clotting.Read More
Salmon PoisoningThis is not a true toxicity.Read More
SnailBaitThis is a common toxicity especially seen in the spring, and summer.Read More
XylitolThis is an artificial sweetener.Read More