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    How To Help Your Dog During Toxicity

    Dogs, like toddlers, are very inquisitive beings. They love to touch and play with everything they see. But unlike toddlers who have hands to hold whatever catches their fancy, dogs hold whatever the object of their interest is in their mouth, and this can pose a serious problem if the object is a toxic substance.

    Toxic substances are substances that are hazardous and can be fatal if intentionally or mistakenly inhaled, ingested, or comes in contact with the skin. These substances are both inside and outside of your home, which is why care must be taken to protect and keep your dog safe.

    Substances that can Cause Toxicity in Dogs

    Some examples of substances that are toxic to dogs include certain plants, antifreeze, onions, xylitol, insecticide, drugs, cleaners, raisins, grapes, chocolate, fertilizer, rodent poison, alcohol, spoilt food, gasoline, and so many others that can’t be listed here. Always ensure that you check the label of whatever substance that you bring to your home and keep all hazardous ones away from your dog’s reach.

    Symptoms of Toxicity in Dogs

    You might not be with your dog 24/7 to know what goes into its mouth, but the following symptom would help you if your dog is suffering from toxicity. They include:

    • Gastrointestinal signs: They include: vomiting, extreme salivation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, or dry heaving.
    • Bleeding Internally: Although this symptom is not visible, it can be detected by pale gums, coughing out or vomiting blood, a racing heart, weakness, or even collapse.
    • Failure of the Kidney: This is indicated by an increase or decrease in urination and drinking water more frequently, combined with loss of appetite, diarrhea, or vomiting.
    • Failure of the Liver: Yellow gums, pitch-black and sticky stool, or collapsing as a result of low blood sugar.

    How to Help Your Dog During Toxicity

    If you think or suspect that your dog has consumed something poisonous, the following are what you can do to help your dog.

    • Ensure that your dog is breathing. Keep it alert.
    • Make sure that your dog and every other person around stays away from the toxic substance. If possible, pick up the substance, as it can help the vet understand the situation and make the right decisions.
    • If you notice that the poison is in the fur of your dog, thoroughly wash the dog if it can be safely done.
    • Do not try to self-medicate the dog or induce the dog to vomit without a veterinarian’s approval.
    • Immediately put a call across to your veterinarian or call a pet poisoning hotline.
    • Take your dog to your veterinarian or the nearest veterinary clinic Early treatment can increase your dog’s chances of recovering from toxicity.

    The veterinarian will determine the type of treatment to be given to the dog based on the type of toxic substance. The treatment can be done at home or in the veterinary hospital; whichever one it is, it is important to adhere to the vet’s advice and strictly follow the treatment plan. The treatment your veterinarian may administer can be any or a mixture of the following:

    • Antidotes: If there is an antidote to what your dog consumed, the vet will administer it.
    • Induced vomiting: The vet might induce vomiting in the dog if it was brought within 3-4 hours after consuming the substance. This, however, depends on the nature of the substance consumed.
    • Activated charcoal: Activated charcoal can stop the toxin from entering the bloodstream.
    • Gastric lavage: Also be called stomach pumping; it is done to remove the toxin from the dog’s stomach.
    • Dialysis: This can be done if the poison consumed is likely to cause kidney damage. A dialyzer is used to extract the dog’s blood, remove the toxins, and return the clean blood back to the body.

    Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital for your Pet’s Care

    Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital has provided quality pet care to Vet Checking Toxic Dog pet owners living in Simi Valley, Moorepark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and surrounding Ventura County locations for over 19 years. We provide both treatments and preventative health care so that your pet remains healthy. Our other services include spaying and neutering, low-cost immunizations, and dental treatment.

    Our clinic is equipped with a cutting-edge facility, having the greatest in-house digital radiography and laboratory. If you have an emergency after normal hours, we will gladly attend to you. Call us today!

    posted on September 4, 2022 at 7:44 pm by Doctor Ron