Watch Out For These Symptoms Of Dog Poisoning

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Dog Poison Symptoms SignDid your dog eat something they shouldn’t have? If you see these dog poisoning symptoms you need to act fast. When it comes to life-threatening situations, every minute counts and we all want the same thing, your dog to live!

So read our dog poison symptoms carefully and be prepared in case your dog is suffering. It’s better to learn this now before you think your dog is poisoned.

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If you believe your dog may be poisoned, stop reading this and contact your vet now! If you cannot reach your vet, contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661 or use our “Ask A Vet” feature to chat with a professional and get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Signs To Watch For

There are many different types of dog poisoning that have various symptoms. Overall, if you are afraid your dog has been poisoned, look out for these visible signs.

Sick dog with ice bag on head

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Blood in the stool
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bruising
  • Nosebleeds
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Inability to urinate

If your dog is suffering from one of these things you’ll want to get help immediately.

Symptoms Of Dog Poisoning

Beyond the more noticeable signals are some more serious, longer-term issues to keep an eye out for. Below are the different types of symptoms associated with dog poisoning.

Irregular Heart Beats

Dogs with irregular heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms have most likely gotten into a medication or plant. This includes jimson weed, kalanchoe, milkweed, mountain laurel and oleander.

Kidney Failure

Dog sniffying flowering plant (caption: Poisonous Plants For Dogs)Antifreeze poisoning can cause your dog kidney failure and the inability to produce urine. Plants can also cause kidney damage. These types of plants include dieffenbachia, Easter lily, caladium, pigweed and philodendron. Learn more in our guide to poisonous plants.

Liver Damage

Medications like acetaminophen and plants such as tansy ragwort or rattlebox can cause liver damage. Find out what over the counter medicines are okay for dogs (and which are potentially toxic).

Loss Of Blood

If your dog has bruising, blood in their stool, nosebleeds or anemia they have most likely gotten into rat or mouse poison. However, if they’ve gotten into your garden or kitchen and eaten too much onion, garlic, sweet clover or bracken fern they could also suffer from anemia and could even die.

Neurological Symptoms

Dogs suffering from seizures and other neurological symptoms have possibly ingested one of many things. This list is long and includes the following:

Exposure to, or bites from, poisonous animals can cause dogs to seize as well. These animals include certain breeds of snakes, spiders, toads and frogs. Specifically, you’ll want to look out for Florida marine toads, Coral snakes, Colorado River toads and brown recluse spiders. Read about how a venomous snake bite nearly killed my dog.

Plants can cause neurological symptoms as well, this includes buckeyes and horse chestnuts.

Stomach Concerns

Garbage, lead paint, English ivy, English holly, snake bites, chocolate, medications, poinsettia, iris, Chinaberry, daphne and pokeweed are all dangerous to dogs. Digesting these substances can result in gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, loss of appetite and vomiting.

What Foods Are Dangerous To Dogs?

In 2011, dogs eating toxic foods was the #1 cause of dog poisoning. It’s impossible to watch your dog 24/7, but if you know there’s something your dog shouldn’t get into you should put it up high in a cupboard, or somewhere else you know they can’t reach. Dogs eating chocolate or grapes is preventable. Be cautious of where you place your food and check out our extensive list of foods dogs should not eat.

To learn more about the dangers of dogs eating chocolate, watch this video below.

Our First-Hand Experience

We all know our dogs get into things they aren’t supposed to. So, it’s our job to keep hazards away from them. But sometimes accidents happen to even the best dog parents. One of our team members shares her brush with a scary situation and how it panned out.

Sadie and LexieOur King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Lexie decided it was a good idea to eat an alcohol prep pad (why that would be tasty who knows?). I found the evidence of the package ripped up on the sofa and called the 24/7 ASPCA poison control hotline immediately. They responded right away, asked a few questions about what happened, when and how much was consumed.

Then the vet explained that dogs process rubbing alcohol similar to how humans process liquor; it’s not toxic in small amounts but can make them a little impaired or drowsy if they consume too much. The vet also said Lexie might appear to be “drunk” (i.e., sluggish or sleepy). However, if she starts to exhibit signs of more elevated alcohol poisoning (like vomiting), we were instructed to give her soft, white bread to absorb the alcohol (and to help push the pad out of her system). Once the alcohol was out of her system, Lexie was back to her happy, sweet self. – Sadie C.

Tips To Keep In Mind

Program your vet’s phone number into your phone as well as the emergency vet. You should also have it written down in a place you can find easily at home.

If you think your dog has poison symptoms don’t hesitate to call the vet or poison control hotline. Explain your situation. Ask them for advice on what steps to take next.

If your dog may be experiencing dog poison symptoms, be sure to also read our article on how to treat a poisoned dog. Remember, it’s important that you learn these things now before your dog is in distress, so that you can act quickly and efficiently is trouble arises.

Has your dog every gotten into something they shouldn’t have?

About The Author:

Michelle holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and has worked in marketing at Bank of America, Mattel and Hanes. Her expert advice and opinions have appeared in many outstanding media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest and Apartment Therapy, among others.

She is the proud co-founder of Canine Journal and a dog lover through and through. Since the day she was born, she has lived in a home full of dogs. Her adult home is no exception where she and her husband live with Lily and Barley, their two adorable rescue pups.

In addition to her love for snuggling with dogs, she also has enjoyed working professionally in the canine field since 1999 when she started her first dog-related job at a dog bakery.

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Cassidy Warren
November 28, 2019 5:35 am

I arrived at my boyfriends house tonight to find out there 12 dogs had been poisoned. One was dead in the driveway, 5 were seizing. The Dotson lasted 10 minutes and he passed, the other 2 were seizing non stop for 3 and a half hours(one passed) and the others are still seizing. 2 ran away. We are sure someone poisoned them or they got into something. They live in the country next to a big piece of land that other people own. We got there at 7, and 3 were dead. I need help finding out what could have killed them. This is very traumatic

Steve Gonzales
November 29, 2019 3:08 pm
Reply to  Cassidy Warren

Did you find out what poisoned them? I am sorry

October 21, 2019 2:01 am

My little puppy just died. And it died the exact same way that two others did. It’s symptoms were; loss of appetite, couldn’t eat anything, even if she drank water she would puke it out in less the 5 min, she wouldn’t pee or poop,wouldn’t wagging her tail, her veins in her eyes were red and popped,she got skinnier and skinnier. Then in the next 30 minutes I let her be outside, then I just tried to make her as warm as possible and fell asleep with her. and she kept stretching in her sleep, but I though she was just sleeping so I just let her I the dark, finally I heard a wearing sound and turned on the lights and tried to give her CPR. But I was too late. I checked my butt and blood and a mixture of poop had gotten out. And this puppy had the same exact symptoms of my passed puppies. I think they were poisoned because the rest of my 4 dogs were never like that. And I highly assume that it is poisons. Would do you think of this? Is just makes me outright angry because I know of someone who has been threatening to kill my dogs for a while now. And this puppy that died less then 40 minutes ago, I have only had her for three weeks. It always happened to me. WTF is going on? This s*** is happening so much to me lately that it has become a monthly routine. And it for real sounds like planned killing to me. I am freaking tired with this bull. Because first I don’t care about my heart it. an be broken as many times as It wants, but DON’T kill my innocent little baby puppy and make it’s heart stop beating forever.
Like, your not even human at this point for torturing my babies, but anyways doctor what do you assume happened to my babies?

August 12, 2020 12:06 am
Reply to  Bethany

Hello, I hope you see this message and hopefully respond as well. Our family went through the same thing. Our first dog passed away because someone was poisoning him slowly. Then, two years later, we got another doggy and he grew up with our 7-year-old daughter. We recently moved. In two weeks, he has been really sick. The first week, he vomited but was eating and drinking so we thought it was the snack or treat as we got him different flavors. That’s what the vet said it could have been originally. But since last night, he started with the same symptoms as our 1st dog but then could it also be someone poisoned him???? Sometimes, we can’t always take them to the doctor because of a lack of money as well as ourselves because it’s expensive. He had a medical insurance plan but we had to take it off, like many other things, even our insurance, because of COVID and lack of work my husband is having. Also, I can’t work because I’m a mom of two girls and a doggy…so what’s going on is it poison? Or could it be something else or is he just old his 7 dog yrs??? Help!!!

Apiffany Gaither Billings
August 12, 2020 5:08 pm
Reply to  Yeimi

Here is an article regarding dog vomiting. I hear you when you state money is tight but I would suggest discussing this with your vet due to potential underlying issues such as pancreatitis. If you cannot take your dog to a vet, perhaps this online vet service can help.

joe squatch
April 16, 2020 4:19 pm
Reply to  Bethany

im goin threw the same thing please if u find out antthing i beg u let me know lve been collecting stool also i know w who it is with out a doubt sadly i have to catch him in the act

February 27, 2020 10:39 am
Reply to  Bethany

I’m really sorry to hear about your fur baby passing but why the heck did you wait so long. If you were concerned which I know if that was my puppy. I would’ve been at the emergency vets. Poor puppy died because you the owner fell asleep. And then on top of that you freakin said that this has happened before and you think you know that your dogs were poisoned!!!And now you want advise and you don’t know what to do. I know this is a late response but please please please for the love of God don’t take in any more dogs. Those poor puppies don’t stand a chance with an owner like you! And I dont want to hear that vets are expensive…our dogs are family. Well at least mine are. Dogs depend on us as owners to take care of them and love them and give them medical treatment when they need it and You most definitely have done NONE of that! Get a clue

May 23, 2020 4:53 am
Reply to  Anna

You have no idea who your talking to they just lost their dog in that manor this person could be elderly or a kid or mentally ill. Your. Sick

November 23, 2019 8:55 pm
Reply to  Bethany

Hugs I’m so very for your losses and pain .Some people have no soul and are just evil. May G-D give you peace!!!

Bree Ward
May 9, 2019 2:50 am

It’s true that chocolate has been known to cause poisoning to the dog. I can relate when you said sometimes, we can’t really monitor your dog’s 24/7 leaving them eating these position causing foods. My sister’s dog is though it has eaten some chocolate bits in their floor this morning. It keeps on vomiting until now. I’m gonna advise her to take the dog to the nearest pet clinic before it gets worst.

April 29, 2019 1:26 am

My son in law called me just in hysterics his dog Remy started vomiting shaking uncontrollably he has just left for the vet hospital. Could what i gave them to give her when she gets stressed or going on long car ride. They are called naturvet calming moments? It happened shortly after giving them to her

April 20, 2019 8:33 am

Hi my baby died the other nigth and I don’t no why she had problem with sitting she couldn’t get comfortable she was in serve pain she would go in hide when the pain got real bad .she finialy came to me I was loving on her about 30 minute than all the sudden she started screaming in pain took one long breath throwed her head back and she was gone .what could it have been and all this happen in 3 hours.Plaese help I need closer.

Kimberly Alt
April 22, 2019 8:51 am
Reply to  Paula

I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m unsure what your dog died from. I would suggest calling and asking your vet what they think it sounds like. You may find this page to be helpful. It discusses How To Deal With The Death Of A Dog. You are in our thoughts.

February 21, 2019 8:21 am

What do you think happened here? Please, I would appreciate your time and knowledge, very much. I am willing to discuss – publicly. I hope this can save a dog, someday. DC is no longer with us… and he died the night I received these results. Thank you for your time.

11/12/2015 (Order Received)
11/14/2015 @ 3:34 PM (Last Updated)
RBC 6.38 5.39 – 8.7 M/µL
Hematocrit 45.8 38.3 – 56.5 %
Hemoglobin 15.5 13.4 – 20.7 g/dL
MCV 72 59 – 76 fL
MCH 24.3 21.9 – 26.1 pg
MCHC 33.8 32.6 – 39.2 g/dL
% Reticulocyte 0.4 %
Reticulocyte 26 10 – 110 K/µL
WBC 0.6 4.9 – 17.6 K/µL L
% Neutrophil 4.0 %
% Lymphocyte 84.0 %
% Monocyte 12.0 %
% Eosinophil 0.0 %
% Basophil 0.0 %
Neutrophil 0.024 2.94 – 12.67 K/µL L
Lymphocyte 0.504 1.06 – 4.95 K/µL L
Monocyte 0.072 0.13 – 1.15 K/µL L
Eosinophil 0 0.07 – 1.49 K/µL L
Basophil 0 0 – 0.1 K/µL
Platelet a
82 143 – 448 K/µL

11/12/2015 (Order Received)
11/14/2015 @ 3:34 PM (Last Updated)
Glucose 97 63 – 114 mg/dL
BUN 18 9 – 31 mg/dL
Creatinine 0.9 0.5 – 1.5 mg/dL
12 0 – 14 µg/dL
BUN / Creatinine
Phosphorus 2.7 2.5 – 6.1 mg/dL
Calcium 9.7 8.4 – 11.8 mg/dL
Sodium 142 142 – 152 mmol/L
Potassium 3.8 4.0 – 5.4 mmol/L L
Na / K Ratio 37 28 – 37
Chloride 110 108 – 119 mmol/L
15 13 – 27 mmol/L
Anion Gap 21 11 – 26 mmol/L
Total Protein 7.4 5.5 – 7.5 g/dL
Albumin 3.0 2.7 – 3.9 g/dL
Globulin 4.4 2.4 – 4.0 g/dL H
Alb / Glob Ratio 0.7 0.7 – 1.5
ALT 33 18 – 121 U/L
AST 33 16 – 55 U/L
ALP 147 5 – 160 U/L
GGT 2 0 – 13 U/L
Bilirubin – Total 0.2 0.0 – 0.3 mg/dL
Bilirubin –
0.1 0.0 – 0.2 mg/dL
Bilirubin –
0.1 0.0 – 0.1 mg/dL
Cholesterol 337 131 – 345 mg/dL
Triglyceride 62 20 – 150 mg/dL
Amylase 706 337 – 1,469 U/L
Lipase 59 138 – 755 U/L L
Creatine Kinase 411 10 – 200 U/L H
Hemolysis Index 1+
Lipemia Index N

11/12/2015 (Order Received)
11/14/2015 @ 3:34 PM (Last Updated)
Ehrlichia canis NEGATIVE
Antibody by IFA
Coccidioides IgG NEGATIVE
Coccidioides IgM NEGATIVE
Immunodiffusion NOT INDICATED

February 15, 2019 4:06 pm

I just got my pup a week and a half ago well two days ago he became really weak and lathargic . little warm . but he would get up every once in a while to potty but wouldnt eat or drink. Well i got up this morning tobloody diarrhea all around my house and he just laid there . i moved him outaide in a comfy bed as his eyes were rolling back and his gums were greyish white. Which i know is bad. I have lost three dogs in less than a month . one was ran over . these last two exact same symtoms i thought maybe my yard has parvo? Then i remembered my neighbor kids threatened one of my dog already. And my other small breed dog is still bouncing off the walls. So now im thinking maybe someone did poison them.

Brianna Brazeau
October 20, 2019 11:42 pm
Reply to  Tabi

We had something similar happen tonight. We lost a lab mix a month or so ago- but thevet refused to do a necropsy because of her age. Today we lost my MIL’s second and last dog…he went from playing, running around, and barking at strangers to on the ground and huffing his last breaths within 5 minutes. She’s had the cops called on her for her dogs barking many times- despite other neighbors saying they heard nothing.

Kimberly Alt
February 18, 2019 9:52 am
Reply to  Tabi

Oh Tabi, I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine losing 3 dogs in a month. You are in my thoughts. I hope someone isn’t poisoning your dogs and I hope your small breed dog stays healthy and active.

January 21, 2019 1:38 pm

My Daisy was a year old. She had been getting out of yard. We had a hard time keeping up with the holes dug under the fence line. she came home a couple days ago looking sick. I have no idea what she got into. She would not eat. She had this foul smelling discharge. It was dark brown/ red. We forced water down her but nothing we did helped. She died 2 days later. I want to know what killed her.

France Gillespie
September 29, 2018 12:41 pm

My service dog and I were attack by another dog.the other dog didn’t even get to bite mine. Animal control said he did a outstanding job for a dog so young. That was wedsept 23 . last night he was feeling well. Today he has a hi temp and tummy ache. Doesn’t sound like poison even tho the lady vowed to get us. I need input

August 1, 2018 9:07 pm

Lost my sweet baby last night and I don’t have any answers. She was fine all day. Then she came up to me last night with a stiff leg: like holding it straight. You could tell something wasn’t right. My husband assessed her and we decided to take her to the vet. The vetenarian examined her and guessed she had tetanus. Her conditioned worsened over the next hour while I was there. Blood work normal. X-ray normal. He said one option would be taking her to a university near us. We would be looking at tests ranging from 3500 to 4500.
She eventually laid there pretty much motionless, and we made the excruciating painful decision to put her to sleep. It wasn’t about the money. It was about her being miserable.. She would be 12 this September.
Was she poisoned? Did she have cancer? Was it tetanus? I need answers. I’m heartbroken.

Kimberly Alt
August 2, 2018 8:25 am
Reply to  Teresa

Teresa, I’m so sorry your sweet dog went through this. I can’t say what caused this, but I know you had to make an extremely hard decision and I think in the end it was the right one for her. That doesn’t make the loss of your dog any easier on you and your family though. Please know my thoughts are with you and I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You may find this article helpful.

October 22, 2019 4:04 pm
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

Hi Teresa and Kimberly. I am so sorry for your loss Teresa. I had a similar situation, where my active dog who came up a sudden onset of a rigid front leg. He also was unable to use his back legs to get off the ground, especially on the right. His straight up tail carries had dropped and set to one side. He continued like this for two months, and with Neurological RX and my working his leg he improved. Yet it started again. The vet said it was a mystery. He began barking during crate time, nonstop, and eating poop. These behavior are extremely out of character for this highly trained dog. Now we have a sad update, our dear neighbors’s 18 month old dog died last night, suddenly. She was playing have a fun day, then she was found dropped in the front yard, deceased. Her front legs and rear legs were also rigid as well, yet she was still warm. From reviewing the security video Missy was playing within 20-30 minutes prior to being found. This was like my boy, but throughout her body. We all calculate it was way too soon for rigor-mortis What could cause rigidity in limbs, with no degeneration present on x-rays. This sweet puppy girl was a golden poodle mix, yet even if it was a cardo issue, why the rigid limbs? Why the highly rigid limb of my boy? Thank you so much. My best to you both. J

August 1, 2018 8:44 pm

My dog just pass away today 2 days ago he was fine he start acting werid Monday wouldn’t eat or drink started pooping blood then today he could walk or couldn’t even stand to use the bathroom then at 1:00pm he was gone

Kimberly Alt
August 2, 2018 8:21 am
Reply to  Christena

I’m so sorry for your loss, Christena.

Emery Jean Chambers
July 23, 2018 8:29 pm

I appreciate it when you said that when it comes to food that is poisonous to the dog, it is best to put them high up in the cupboard so that they have no possibility of reaching it. The only problem is that my pet is so smart he was able to reach even the cupboards. It is possible that his size contributed to it, and now he was able to get the chocolate hidden there. He hasn’t shown signs of poisoning yet, but I will still take him to the vet.

July 7, 2018 3:06 pm

Just a quick warning – I have two chihuahuas – Miss B is 5 lbs, Penny is 9 lbs – they were both on heartworm and flea and tick meds – Miss B was experiencing seizures, loss of appetite, lethargy and weepy stained eyes – I mentioned all of this to the vet and explained that I thought it was the meds – although the meds were for her weight I still believed it to be the meds – I pointed out to him that all of her symptoms were listed in the med inserts as possible side effects – the vet actually said … No she’s epileptic – Im sure this is their standard operating procedure as they could never say the expensive meds I’m prescribing are slowly killing your dog – so I fired the vet and took her off the flea and tick and continued to give her the heartworm med (because I had a few months left) – she continued to have the same symptoms – so I took her off the heartworm med as well – it’s been 6 months since she has been off all meds and she hasn’t had any seizures, her eyes are clear, she has a normal appetite and energy level returned – my warning is for small dogs – these meds are powerful and although they are labeled fir small dogs please be aware that you may be poisoning your own dog to the point of seizures!!!!

Carol Brooks
March 23, 2019 7:21 pm
Reply to  Shawn

My Cairn terrier was allergic to Seresto flea collar. Within an hour his entire body was itching! Took it off and it all stopped.

Kimberly Alt
July 9, 2018 10:29 am
Reply to  Shawn

So scary! Way to advocate for your dog and save her life! So glad she is doing much better. 🙂

Mike van de Sande
June 27, 2018 4:14 am

Another type of dog poisoning I would like to warn for, is the insecticide tick & flea treatments. Especially the oral ones, the so called “tasty chews” (available in various brands, some are for a one month treatment, others work for 3 months). I lost my dog because of such a chew. Both my dogs got ill and one died within a month, the other had a very poor appetite for almost 6 months. I will never use such treatments again!

Kimberly Alt
June 27, 2018 8:27 am

I noticed your email and thought you may be interested to read this thread. Sorry to hear your dogs got ill and one died. That’s so terrible 🙁

June 15, 2018 2:37 pm

I have a dog that I believe ate a brown recluse and have been up with him all night and have called all the vets in the phone book and not one will take him they all say they are booked I called off work to be with him does any one know anything I can do for him

Leander Ponce
June 14, 2018 12:38 am

My dog has lost of appetite and vommiting seems like he is food poison Im not very sure but can I cure her without vet my father and mother is out of country so I can’t take him to the vet!Im really nervous that I think my dog will die this day beacuse she is not in her usual self my dog is a very very jolly pls help me Im from philippines

Kimberly Alt
June 14, 2018 9:13 am
Reply to  Leander Ponce

Do you have a family member or neighbor who can help get your dog to the vet? Another option would be to call your vet and see if they can do a house call or help you find a way to get the dog to them.

Jeff Phelps
May 20, 2018 7:33 pm

Money grubbing a*******. You expect people to spend thousands on a pet. Can’t do it. I can’t afford my own medical bills. But I bet you can.

Liz Park
February 12, 2019 4:41 am
Reply to  Jeff Phelps

So then don’t get a pet? What the hell is your problem?
My life is worth no more than my dog’s life. It’d be stupid to want to have a pet and not expect to take care of them – they become a part of your family when you take them in. So you should treat them like family.
Pets aren’t accessories.
If you can’t treat them with the same amount of care that you give to yourself then don’t get one, and there’ll be no need to complain about it.

February 27, 2020 11:05 am
Reply to  Liz Park

Liz Park I 100% agree with you. I get so infuriated reading some of these threads. These poor innocent sweet puppies died because they waited and waited and waited instead of going to a vet. My 4 dogs are my babies. And if I’m ever concerned that something isn’t right with them or they are ill… I find a way to take them to the vet. Maybe I don’t eat that week or my car payment is late…I don’t care. They depend on us to take care of them.

May 17, 2018 7:47 pm

Had anyone had trouble with a puppy chewing on treated bark? Is this stain looking material toxic?

May 2, 2018 10:37 pm

I truly believe my next door neighbor poison my 8 year old rott .he walk very slow ,but how can I know for sure?

February 12, 2019 4:44 am

You should probably check up with your vet and let them know your concerns…
Also, for future references, maybe get a pet collar with a spy camera hidden inside it?
Or place a small camera in your backyard – they’re fairly decent priced (below $100) if you get an average quality one online.

tami craigg
May 29, 2018 11:46 am

What are your dogs symptoms? Im wondering the same about mine

April 23, 2018 8:50 pm

It breaks my heart watching my baby sit here and suffer she is a big baby and now she can barely walk..she vomited all over my floor it was nothing but water and sand and stank so badly of rotten fish…she wont eat her dog food she is skin and bones now…and she hasent gone potty all day..i have tried everything..i cant lose her..she is all i have left from my father…

November 3, 2018 4:40 pm
Reply to  Desiree

Have you ever worked your dog?? Just curious because internal parasites can cause many problems…

Kimberly Alt
April 24, 2018 8:43 am
Reply to  Desiree

Have you taken her to the vet?

November 17, 2016 7:16 am

My pretty girl Bella (blue eyes) is (was) an All American Pitt. Not what most people think , my pitt baby was very friendly, never knew a stranger. Anyways, my neighbor hated my baby, then one day I noticed she was sick… 5 days total. 1st day she was throwing up, not wanting food, not even her favorite TREATS! Which was really odd…she acted that way for 3 days, then it got worse. 4th day she started to spew rotted smelling blood when she done number one or number two. Now it was a lot worse at number 2. I called the vet but they were all closed except one that was a 2 hr drive which would have been closed when I got there. So I got everything I needed for her ready for the vet first thing the next morning, which was too late. The big dreadful day I was sitting in the living room floor with her in my arms I could hold her head a certain way and she would be able to breath but she would seize out too. I held her for 10 minutes before she took her final but last breath. I need a piece of mind here, what was it?

November 3, 2018 4:56 pm
Reply to  Lola

Sounds like my 2 dogs that had somehow gotten rat poison into their bodies… probably because my neighbors put rat poison out near their compost bin… several dead a animals such as rats, possums,raccoons and even a mountain beaver have died in my yard…the dogs don’t eat them, but they play with the dead critters… Rat poison is warfarin… same as medication, Coumadin, that humans take.. in my dogs, the warfarin made them bleed out… started with throwing up vomit that looked like coffee grounds because it’s digested blood, they also began to have blood covered stools… there is an antidote,Vitamin K… but I have not found a Veterinarian who would administer the antidote.. I was an RN.. so I have a bit more insight into diseass processes and dogs are not all that different from humans… A lot of skin problems come from what is fed to the dog.. Also, people should worm their dogs on a schedule set up by a Veterinarian… Intestinal worms can cause skin problems because they steal the nutrients that your dog needs…
Even in humans, a dermatologist will look at something and tell you, yes that’s a rash… but they also say 2 things… bad diet, and too much stress..
Just my 2 cents…

November 22, 2018 11:38 pm
Reply to  Barb

I think my dog ate rat poisoning and he has vomit and hasn’t been eating and he’s usually playful so I’m very worried

January 7, 2018 3:12 am
Reply to  Lola

It sounds like parvo.. If u missed her yearly vaccination she is highly likely to get that disease. Parvo it’s highly contagious between dogs. Also parvo has a distinctive smell in the blood like u were mentioning.

May 30, 2018 2:06 am
Reply to  Dinorah

My dog passed of Pasco and she bled all over. It.was horrific! I rushed her to the vet but it was too late. The smell of the blood I will never forget.

April 29, 2017 6:56 pm
Reply to  Lola

if you can prove they poisoned your dog you can take legal action against them. try to get them to admit it and record it. and try to find out details like what kind of poison they used and how your dog got it. these jerk need to be stopped.

Kimberly Alt
November 17, 2016 9:37 am
Reply to  Lola

I’m so sorry for your loss Lola. I’m sure Bella appreciated having you with her during her final hours and having you hold her as she took her last breath. Unfortunately, I cannot say what caused her this illness. Perhaps talking with a vet could help clear some of it up for you. Thank you for sharing your story with us and know that our thoughts are with you.

Lillian Schaeffer
January 28, 2016 4:53 pm

This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that seizures can indicate poisoning in a dog. My dog had a short seizure yesterday, and it’s been a while since he last had one, so I’m not sure what caused it. I’ll definitely keep an eye out, and if he has another one, I’ll be sure to take him to the animal hospital to see what the problem is. Thanks for the great post!

Karen T.
April 15, 2017 5:55 pm

As I sit here typing, I am watching my little Molly, a Bichon Frise, slowing dying. It’s breaking my heart because I can’t find a vet that will let me make payments for a visit and testing she needs. I am a 66 yr. old disabled senior and money is hard to find. She hasn’t held food down for a week, now nothing stays down, not even water that she was crying for at the onset. Two nights ago, she started vomiting black tarry substance and also her poo looks the same. It’s been almost non-stop vomiting (which is the only thing she stands up for now.) since last night. I’m wondering if she ate something poison on one of our walks. I called her Hoover before she got sick because she would eat any type of food and try to swallow it whole when I tried to get it. I live in a large apartment complex and have heard that animal-haters here have been threatening to poison the animals. Does anyone know how I can get her seen without all the money up front? Any information is appreciated. I rescued her off the streets and she brought me out of a major depression. I have sleep apnea too and she would bark when she noticed I stopped breathing in my sleep to wake me up. I promised her she would never be abused again and now I feel like I am the abuser. All I can do is cry for my baby, Molly. Prayers appreciated too.

May 23, 2017 4:53 pm
Reply to  Karen T.

Alot of veterinarian offices offer care credit which is like a credit card you use to pay your vet bills
I hope your sweet baby got better

June 26, 2018 2:29 pm
Reply to  Margo

I’ve known ONE person that has ever been approved for care credit. Its not as easy to get as people think. I was working at a fortune 50 company making almost $20 and hour and was denied.

June 28, 2018 12:34 pm
Reply to  Dawn

For real?! I have had two separate accounts with care credit. Two open at the same time might I add. I don’t make $20.00 an hour! Crappy credit I’m guessing. But, it’s strange they wouldn’t even give you a $200 line.

Olivia Pace
April 20, 2017 9:54 am
Reply to  Karen T.

Hello Karen, I hope Molly is doing better. Have you tried or contacted Animal Humane Society? If you call them & tell them your situation & Molly’s illness they can help or point you in the right Direction, there are a lot of non-profit organizations that assist with fund’s everywhere even in rural areas. There’s also always Social media you can start a “go fund me” account in which people,s friend’s etc.. donate money to you. On another note I’ve had to rush my dogs to the vets, sometimes emergency vet centers, at the time walking in there I didn’t have a dollar in my pocket however, I was never turned away, I simply explained that I would have to pay them in a week or two when I was paid, and sometimes i would have to tell them I couldn’t pay them the whole amount in one payment.
Hope she recieves the Med. Attention she needs:) sending warm furry hugs & thoughts