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Poison Ingestion

Poisonous Toxins, Chemicals, Substances, and Food

The accidental poisoning of your dog or cat is the ultimate nightmare for any pet owner. The reality is that household pets live in close proximity to an astonishing amount of poisonous substances. It's all too common and easy for your pet to ingest the wrong thing. Animal ER Care in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provides fast, responsive treatment of toxin, chemical, and food poisoning to save your pet's life.

Poisons and Toxins

A poison is defined as any substance that causes harm to an animal, if ingested. A toxin is a specific type of poison produced by plants or animals. A wide range of plants, foods, drinks, and household substances can induce vomiting, diarrhea, and other common symptoms of poisoning.

Garden Plants and Flowers
Certain plants look lovely but are toxic to animals. These plants include:

• Lillies • Chrysanthemums • Daffodils • Dieffenbachia • Sago Palms

Human Foods

Grapes and raisins cause kidney failure in both dogs and cats. Citrus oils cause cats to vomit. Heart, nerve, and urinary emergencies are the result of chocolate and other caffeinated products ingestion in dogs and cats. Be sure to keep your dog away from onions too.

Household Substances

Automotive coolant puddled on your garage floor tastes sweet to your pets, but will kill them. Many household cleaners are deadly when ingested, as well as garden mulch, fireworks, pesticides, and fertilizers.

Medicines

Ensure your pet does not have access to medicine cabinets. They can easily poison themselves by ingesting medication.

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Protect Your Pet

As a pet owner, you need to secure any potentially harmful items and substances behind tightly closed doors or out of your pet's reach. Don't leave human food on kitchen counters or areas accessible to pets. Even if they aren't directly poisonous, most foods contain unhealthy amounts of certain ingredients your pet shouldn't ingest.

Treatment

If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, don't induce vomiting. Certain substances are too corrosive to safely bring back up by natural means. Instead, let us perform fast, accurate lab testing and other diagnostic procedures to determine the cause of your pet's suspicious symptoms. We can pump their stomach, induce vomiting when safe, and use activated charcoal to absorb the poison, so you can take your pet home. Symptoms of pet poisoning include:

• Diarrhea
• Drooling
• Loss Of Consciousness
• Nervousness
• Seizures
• Sluggishness
• Vomiting