dvm (44)Exposure to toxins can occur in multiple ways- ingestion, topical, ocular (eye), and inhaled.

Ingestion of a toxin is a common occurrence with our furry family members, and we here at Southern Crescent Animal Emergency Clinic want you to be prepared.

List of Common Toxicities

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Coffee
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Tylenol/Ibuprofen/Naproxen
  • Other Medications- human and animal
  • Certain Over the Counter canine flea products (when placed on cats)
  • Many plants
  • Illicit substances
  • Many Cleaners/Bug Sprays/Yard Products
  • Rat or other Pest Poisons
  • Smoke
  • Petroleum Products

***Please bring original packaging/labeling with you when you bring your pet in for assessment.

If you believe your pet may have gotten into a toxin, we recommend calling an animal toxicology helpline immediately and follow all recommendations. If your pet is showing signs of life threatening reaction such as seizures, loss of consciousness, profuse vomiting and diarrhea, and/or difficulty breathing we recommend you come immediately to our emergency center so we can help your pet while contacting the toxicologist.

Poison Control Centers will often need the following information so have it on hand when calling.

  • Name, Address and Phone Number
  • Information on the toxin- time of exposure, amount of chemical, and the label when possible. The more information we have the better we can treat your pet.
  • Your pet’s information- species (dog/cat), breed, age, sex, weight, and any health concerns your pet may have or medications they may already be on.
  • Any symptoms occurring at that time.

Items you may need on hand if a toxicity takes place:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
  • Soft/Canned cat or dog food
  • Large medicine syringe for oral dosing
  • Eye flush and Artificial Tears product to lubricate eyes
  • Mild Degreasing soap (dish soap) for bathing off toxins

Hopefully, you will never have to deal with this in your furry family but if you do we are here for you.