Food poisoning is more common than is generally suspected in both dogs and people. Often, gastrointestinal upset and illness are attributed to a virus or some other cause other than what is actually to blame.
Bacterial causes of food poisoning, like Staphylococcus, have a short incubation period between ingestion and illness. Foods usually associated with bacterial food poisoning include milk and products made with dairy, such as potato and chicken salads, cream-filled bakery products, sausages, and gravy.
We need to be cognizant of what our furry family members have access to around the home or when they’re outside. Here are a few things that can cause food poisoning in pet dogs:
Some of these may be safe in small amounts, while others can prove deadly in tiny amounts. Make sure you keep these items, and all human foods, safely stored where your dog cannot access them.
Generally, the symptoms of food poisoning in dogs include a combination of vomiting, diarrhea, reduced appetite, lethargy, and dehydration. Some animals may show some neurological signs such as a lack of coordination, tremors, and in severe cases, they can have seizures and collapse.
Depending on what your dog ate, how much of it, and how sensitive they are, the signs and severity may vary. The most common symptoms of food poisoning in dogs tend to be vomiting and diarrhea.
As a rule, try fasting your dog for 24 hours when they start vomiting. Offer water, but no food.
If they continue to vomit during that period, they need to have a veterinary exam. If the dog doesn’t vomit in those 24 hours but then begins to vomit again after the 24-hour fast, it needs to see a veterinarian.
At any time, if your dog starts vomiting water, seems miserable, or shows any neurologic signs at all, take them to an emergency clinic or your veterinarian immediately.
It is always safer to have your pet checked out by a vet. Treatment is simpler, more effective, and likely less expensive when done early. Plus, we can save your pets a lot of tummy grumblings.
We have extensive knowledge of the minor to unfortunate diseases that can afflict pets and do not simply send you away after handing over a prescription. The aim of our Simi Valley veterinarian team is to guide you into taking better care of your pet and prevent any such disease, allergy, and others in the future.
We are all about preventative care and are always happy to discuss with you the proper diet and exercise routine for your pet. It’s the little things that can improve their quality of life and make them stronger and healthier.
Our techniques and equipment are the latest technology, and our aim is to keep updating our knowledge base to offer consistent, efficient, and effective treatment for your pets. To schedule an appointment, call us at 805-306-0633 or stop by at 1376 Erringer Road in Simi Valley, CA 93065.