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Did your pet eat chocolate or get into the antifreeze in the basement? Act quick! It’s toxic and you need to breakout the poison patrol actions ASAP. But what do you do? Here are the five steps you need to take to get Spot back into good health in no time.
Five Steps to Treat a Poisoned Dog
1. Do Not Panic
It is easy to panic when a loved one is in trouble, but this is the time when you need to take charge of the situation and act with purpose and speed.
2. Dog Poison Symptoms
Is your dog acting lethargic, or more hyper than normal? Are there signs that he got into something he shouldn’t have that might be toxic? Then you need to start by figuring out exactly what your pet’s poison is and how much was consumed. If it’s food related, you may have a little more time to act and treat than you would with chemical poisons. But, do not assume this. Take notes (literally) of what the poison is and your pet’s symptoms so you do not forget once you are in panic mode and talking to someone who can help. You may even want to take a quick video with your smartphone of strange behavior.
3. Call the Vet
If you have a pet, you should always have your vet’s phone number programmed into your cell phone and in a place in the home where you can always find it (refrigerator door perhaps). This way it is easy to find when you need it most. It’s also a good idea to have the contact details for the 24/7 emergency vet that is closest to your home in case something goes wrong on the weekend or late at night.
So, since you know right where the number is, do not delay. Call your vet right away to explain the situation and ask advice for next steps. If they are closed, call the emergency vet. Be sure to have your notes in hand and be prepared to jump in the car to head for help immediately.
4. Pet Poison Hotline
If you cannot reach a local vet, you can call the Pet Poison Helpline. They can be reached at 855-213-6680.
5. Do Not Search for Answers on the Internet
If you are reading this, it is probably too late to warn you against this but remember, that you need to act quickly. A local vet or poison expert is better suited to do this than your computer. And, they can help you treat your specific situation while keeping you focused on your dog versus all the random horror stories you will find online. So, step away from the computer right now and CALL THE VET. Do not administer home treatment unless directed by a professional as you may cause more pain than assistance.
What has your dog gotten into that created a poison scare?