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.
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.
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:
If you think or suspect that your dog has consumed something poisonous, the following are what you can do to help your dog.
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:
Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital has provided quality pet care to 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!