Know the Signs of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

posted: by: Flanders Veterinary Clinic Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Signs of poisoning in dogs and cats can range tremendously based on the underlying poison. If you think your dog or cat has been poisoned, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 immediately for assistance! (There is a $39 per incident fee)

When it comes to poisoning, the sooner you treat your dog or cat, the better the outcome. While this list is not exhaustive or complete, some common signs of poisoning generally include:

Gastrointestinal signs:
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling/hypersalivating
  • Inappetance
  • Nausea
Internal bleeding:
  • Coughing of blood
  • Vomiting blood
  • Pale gums
  • A racing heart rate
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Collapse
Kidney failure:
  • Halitosis (“uremic” breath)
  • Inappetance
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Absence or decreased urination
Liver failure:
  • Jaundice/icterus/yellow discoloration to the gums
  • Weakness or collapse secondary to a low blood sugar
  • Dull mentation, acting abnormally
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Black-tarry stool (melena)