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Pet Toxins in Northwest & South Austin

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. 

Common Pet Toxins

Pet toxins are everywhere. It is best to keep potential toxins completely out of your pet's reach, if not out of your home entirely. Some of the most common pet toxins include:

  • Rat or other rodent bait: Rodent baits are designed to be appealing to small animals, so they can tempt cats and dogs. Rodents may carry the bait into areas occupied by your pet. A cat that eats a poisoned rodent may be poisoned, too.
  • Snail bait: Snail baits can also be appealing to pets and harmful if ingested.
  • House plants: Numerous house plants can be toxic to pets, including sago palms, most kinds of lilies, azaleas, hyacinths, tulips, oleander, poinsettias, and amaryllis.
  • Foods: A wide range of foods that are safe for humans are not safe for pets. We most often treat pets poisoned by grapes, onions, and chocolate. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in sugarless gum, is also toxic to pets. Raw yeast dough, alcohol, coffee grounds, macadamia nuts, and rhubarb or potato leaves and stems are also toxic.
  • Human medications: Keep any over-the-counter or prescription medications away from your pets. Do not administer any medications without advice from a vet. Drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be deadly to pets.
  • Antifreeze: The sweet taste of antifreeze can attract pets, but many types are toxic.
  • Insecticides: Keep insecticides away from your pets, especially those that contain organophosphates.
  • Household cleaners and other chemicals: Bleach, potpourri, cleaners, and even toiletries can pose a threat if pets eat them.
  • Toxic toads: In the Gulf Coast area, your pet may be at risk of poisoning from licking or ingesting certain species of native toad.

If your pets ingest any of these known pet toxins, seek emergency vet care right away.

Symptoms of Pet Poisoning

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:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased or decreased urination

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.