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Accidental poisoning is one of the most common threats to your pet's health and safety. Here at Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin, our vets have years of experience helping animals recover from the ill effects of ingesting common pet toxins. If you live in the North Austin area and your pet ingests one of the toxins discussed below, call us right away at 512-331-6121. If you live in the South Austin area, call 512-899-0955. Be prepared to give information about your pet's species, breed, age, and gender, as well as the amount and type of the toxin ingested, the time it was ingested, and any symptoms your pet may be displaying.
Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin is here to provide emergency care outside of regular veterinary clinic hours. The sooner you seek vet care for your poisoned pet, the greater his chances of recovery.
Some common pet poisons might seem obvious enough, while others are likely to surprise you. Watch out for:
Even the foods we humans safely enjoy can be poisonous to our pets. These include chocolate (and other caffeinated products), citrus fruits, avocado, grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, and Xylitol (a non-sugar sweetener). This is yet another reason not to feed your pet table scraps or leave food out on counters.
Despite your best efforts to lock away any potentially toxic products in your home, a curious dog or cat may still find a way to ingest something dangerous. Look for signs and symptoms such as nosebleeds, bruising, vomiting and/or diarrhea, sluggishness, disorientation, erratic heartbeat, seizures, or sudden loss of consciousness.
You may not always see your pet ingest a toxin. However, pets may display a number of symptoms indicative of poisoning. Some common symptoms of pet poisoning include:
Pet poisoning can cause internal bleeding, liver failure, kidney failure, and other severe and often fatal symptoms. If you suspect your pet has ingested toxins, do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian immediately.
If you suspect that your dog or cat has been poisoned, don't panic -- instead, contact us immediately for advice and be ready to rush your pet to our clinic for emergency care. If possible, try to find whatever it is your pet consumed so you can bring a sample of it to us for evaluation. Don't try to make your pet vomit; a corrosive substance will do even more harm coming back up. As soon as your pet arrives, our emergency veterinarian in Austin will run fast but accurate diagnostics to determine the proper course of lifesaving action. In some cases, emetic drugs to make your pet vomit may be the right answer; in others, we may use activated charcoal to neutralize the substance. Rest assured we will do everything in our power to save your best friend.
Keep out contact information at the ready, just in case. When trouble strikes, call Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin at 512-331-6121 for 24-hour emergency and critical care! Our south hospital is open nights, weekends and holidays and can be reached at 512-899-0955.