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Poisoning in Dogs: Signs & Symptoms

Our Memphis veterinarians discuss the signs and symptoms of dog poisoning, as well as what to do if you suspect your dog has been poisoned.

What should I do if my dog has been poisoned?

Keep calm and make sure the poison source is out of reach of your dog. Then, as soon as possible, take your dog to the veterinarian.

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Signs & Symptoms of Poisoning in Dogs

The following symptoms may indicate that your dog has been poisoned:

  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Heart problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Kidney failure
  • Excessive bruising or bleeding
  • Nosebleeds
  • Unsteady on feet
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Drooling
  • Oral irritation
  • Pale gums
  • Inability to urinate

What substances are poisonous to dogs?

The majority of poisoning cases seen by our Memphis veterinarians are the result of dogs getting into harmful substances around the house. Certain foods, medications, and household items that are safe for humans can be harmful to dogs if consumed.

The following substances are the most common dog poisons we see at Stage Road Animal Hospital.

Medications

Dogs can be poisoned by over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve, as well as herbal and nutraceutical products. When ingested by dogs, prescription medications that are beneficial to humans can be extremely poisonous.

People Food

Animals and humans have different metabolisms. Chocolate, onions, and garlic, for example, are perfectly safe for humans but dangerous, if not fatal, for dogs.

Veterinary Products

Medications like painkillers, de-wormers, and flea/tick treatments can be poisonous to dogs if consumed or used incorrectly.

Household Products

Household cleaning products are a common source of poisoning in pets, causing stomach and respiratory issues. Antifreeze, paint thinner, and pool chemicals all contain chemicals that can be poisonous to dogs.

Rodenticides & Insecticides

Rat poison and insecticides can be as dangerous for your dog as the creatures they are intended for.

Plants

Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, and sago palms. 

Lawn & Garden Products

Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

For more information about what to do if your pet has been poisoned, contact Stage Road Animal Hospital in Memphis for advice.

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