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Signs of poisoning in a dog


What symptoms indicate poisoning?

Among the characteristic features:



profuse salivation,




painful sensations in the abdomen,

shallow rapid breathing

depression or, on the contrary, strong excitement.

If these symptoms appear suddenly and get worse by the minute, chances are your pet has been poisoned.

Please note that it is highly advisable to provide first aid to the dog in case of poisoning within 30 minutes. Within an hour or two, toxic substances can be completely absorbed into the blood. Then it will be much more difficult to help the pet, procedures will be required in a well-equipped veterinary clinic.

The effect of some poisons on the body does not become noticeable immediately but after a few hours or even days. Rat poison suppresses the production of vitamin K in the body and thus disrupts blood clotting, but bleeding and a painful appearance of the pet can occur only after three to five days.
How to help a dog in case of poisoning?

How to help a dog with poisoning
First aid, and – to the veterinarian
To provide first aid to a dog in case of poisoning, first of all, you need to calm down. Your task is to quickly carry out manipulations that will alleviate the condition of the injured dog, and deliver the pet to the vet clinic or call a veterinarian at home. If you are very far from the nearest veterinary clinic, assist your ward under the guidance of your veterinarian, communicating with him by phone or video.

Step 1.
Induce vomiting by drinking copiously and pressing on the root of the tongue. Feed your dog water using a syringe without a needle or syringe. Make sure that your fingers remain outside the dog’s jaws – in case of poisoning against the background of poor health and stress, aggression and bites are possible.
Induce vomiting no more than twice. Do not feed the dog in case of poisoning, let’s drink – water and adsorbents. A pet’s first aid kit should always contain probiotics: for example, Pro-Kolin. They will help neutralize the effects of toxins inside the body.

If there is a suspicion that you are dealing with poisoning with a product containing acid, alkali, you do not need to induce vomiting, the repeated passage of these substances through the esophagus will cause a chemical burn.

Step 2.
Contact your veterinarian. This should be done in any case, even if it seems to you that the dog’s condition is not in danger. Tell your veterinarian in detail what happened to the dog and what kind of help you provided. If you have a sample of the poison at hand (for example, in case of poisoning with household chemicals), you need to take it with you to the veterinary clinic, so that it would be easier for a specialist to determine the nature of the poisoning and the required antidote.
It is imperative to consult a veterinarian also because the symptoms that seem to indicate poisoning may coincide with the symptoms when a foreign body enters the dog’s body. Also, therefore, it is important not to take global measures until the pet has been examined by a veterinarian.
Even with mild poisoning, the pet needs therapy to restore the functioning of the heart, kidneys, and other organs. Only a veterinarian can assess the dog’s health and prescribe medications.

It is important to provide help as soon as possible. Make sure in advance that the contacts of the veterinarian or clinic are in a visible place and enter them into your phone.

In case of poisoning, do not give the dog antiemetic drugs. In the first stage, our task is just to induce vomiting, and not to stop it.

How to help a dog with poisoning
Prevention: how to protect pets from poisoning
It is important to know how to help your dog in case of poisoning. But it is even more important to prevent the ingress of toxic substances into the pet’s body.

Be sure to disaccustom your ward to pick up something on the street. Some pets love to “vacuum” the space around them, but on the street, they will come across a wormy apple at best. At the initial stage, you can protect the dog with a muzzle.
Practice with your pet the “Fu!” and “Show me!” Explore articles and training videos from dog trainers and behaviors to help you and your pet work out more effectively. Believe me, soon the need for a muzzle will disappear. If classes with your ward are not crowned with success, there is always an opportunity to seek help from professionals – cynologists and zoopsychologists.
If you notice during a walk that your pet nevertheless picked up something from the ground, it is better to play it safe, and not wait for symptoms of poisoning.

In the house, hide household chemicals from pets. Place traps for ants and other intruders where the dog cannot climb or get through. If possible, try to avoid using chemical cleaners at all, which can cause allergies or poisoning in pets. Remember that dogs’ curiosity is limitless – always keep medications away.
Block access to the trash can.
Do not feed your dog your food: Human food is not suitable for pets and can cause digestive upset.
We hope that our recommendations will help you prepare

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