Veterinary Poison Control: By Jason Banaszak

BEAFE7D5-6EC1-53EB-7EEA-60FFA135F3A2We all know that chocolate can be toxic to dogs, but did you know so are grapes, raisins and many sugar free gums? There are also many household plants that can cause mild gastrointestinal upset like vomiting and diarrhea, if ingested, but lilies can be deadly to cats. Whenever, our pets get into something they shouldn’t have, the tough question is always when it’s critical to bring then to the clinic.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this, but here are some tips to help us get your pet treated appropriately.

  • Call the VCA St. Clair Shores at (586)445-1970 if you suspect a toxin has been ingested. The petpoisionhelpline.com also has a helpful list of toxins. (The hotline number is (855) 764-7661, but a $39 charge is applied for each incident.)
  • Act quickly, in most instances if we induce vomiting within 1-2 hours, we can prevent many of the adverse effects of most toxins. You should not induce vomiting on your own without consulting with your vet as different toxins have different treatments.
  • Having the name of the chemical ingested, how much was eaten, how long ago, and any pertinent packaging remaining can all help for diagnosis and treatment of a potential toxin.

Prevention is key in poison control, be mindful of where you store food, cleaning supplies and other chemicals.

VCA Saint Clair Shores Medical Director Dr. Jason Banaszak was our guest contributor for this article. Thank you for taking the time to inform us on veterinary poison control Doc! To learn more about our friends at VCA Saint Clair Shores, visit their website.

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