First Aid : Poisons
can be eaten, absorbed through the skin, and inhaled. Poisonings
can mimic many things. Some poisons act immediately, some take days
to appear, potentially making diagnosis difficult.
your veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic immediately. Have
the following information ready:
name of toxin ingested, inhaled, or absorbed.
Approximately how much of the toxin was ingested
How long ago you suspect that your dog may have been poisoned
Approximate weight of your pet
What signs your pet is showing — vomiting, tremors, salivation,
etc., and general observations — such as color of the gums (capillary
refill time), respiratory rate, heart rate, and if possible, body
If the poison is known, take the box or package with you.
induce vomiting without consulting your veterinarian or Poison Control
center first. Some toxins are caustic, and vomiting will only increase
damage. Some toxins need to be neutralized with activated charcoal,
others need to be expelled by vomiting, and still others have antidotes.
you’re told to induce vomiting you can use 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of
hydrogen peroxide orally or a teaspoon of salt placed in your dog’s
mouth. Keep a sample of the vomit for testing.
toxins need to be rinsed (skin, eye) with copious amounts of water,
but be sure to wear gloves to avoid contaminating yourself.
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