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Fullerton Animal Hospital Treats Pet Poisoning 

Few events are more alarming for any concerned pet owner than the sight of a beloved dog or cat displaying signs of poison ingestion. If your pet has been poisoned, you must act immediately -- but you must also make certain that those actions are the correct ones to save your pet's life. Here at Fullerton Animal Hospital, we can administer the right treatments to treat pet poisoning cases quickly and effectively.

Fullerton Animal Hospital in Baltimore treats Pet Poisoning

Common Poisons That Threaten Your Baltimore Pets

You might not realize it, but your Baltimore pets are constantly surrounded by substances that could poison them. Common poisons include:

  • Household products - It's all too easy to leave cleaning fluids and other household chemicals out where your pets can poison themselves with them. Assume that any such product is potentially deadly for your beloved animals.
  • Automotive fluids - Even if you keep automotive fluids safely stored in your garage, your car may leak small amounts of them onto the floor or driveway, with toxic results for pets. Antifreeze is particularly dangerous because its sweet taste entices pets.
  • Plants and garden products - It's no surprise that insecticides and other gardening chemicals (including flea and tick insecticides) might have poisonous potential for your pets -- but this is also true for certain plants. Examples include tulips, daffodils, azaleas, sago palm plants and certain lilies.
  • Medicines - Is your medicine cabinet "paw proof?" Medications can prove just as poisonous for pets as they can for humans. These products may be tightly contained and put away whenever they're not in use.
  • Human foods - Many human foods have life-threatening effects on pets, including organ failure and nervous system dysfunction. Foods poisonous to dogs include grapes and raisins, chocolate and avocado. Foods poisonous to cats include onions, garlic, and macadamia nuts.

Lifesaving Treatment from Your Baltimore Veterinarian

Typical symptoms of pet poisoning may include vomiting or diarrhea (with or without blood), nosebleeds, lethargy, loss of appetite and seizures. If you suspect that your dog or cat has ingested a poisonous substance, call Fullerton Animal Hospital right away for critical advice on how to proceed. Depending on the substance ingested, we may urge you not to induce vomiting, since some poisons can enter the lungs or do other damage on their way back up. We'll refer you to a trusted 24-hour emergency clinic for after-hours emergencies.

Treatment for poison ingestion may involve administering emetics to make your pet throw up the poison (if advisable); an alternative, we may administer activated charcoal products that neutralize the poison within the stomach. Your veterinarian will also provide IV fluids as needed and work to normalize your pet's vital signs.

Don't Delay -- Contact Our Vet Clinic!

If your pet is your best friend, there's no better way to reciprocate than to save him from poison ingestion. Call our vet clinic at (410) 665-6996 and/or rush your pet over to us for treatment!