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What You Need to Know About Cat and Dog Poisoning in Atlanta, GA

Are you worried that your cat or dog has been poisoned? Unless you catch them in the act of eating something they shouldn’t, it might be hard to tell. Symptoms do not always occur right away, and this could delay much-needed treatment and put your pet in greater danger.

In the case of a potential cat or dog poisoning, it's always better to be on the safe side. Call The Village Vets 24-Hour Emergency at (404) 371-9774 so we can help you figure out what to do!

Signs Your Pet Might have been Poisoned

If you didn’t see your pet eat anything suspicious, you might not immediately assume that something they ate could be causing their condition. The following signs could indicate that your pet ingested a poison:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Hyper-salivating
  • Vomiting/coughing up blood
  • Lethargy (reluctant to get up, sleeping often)
  • Collapse
  • Drinking and/or urinating excessively
  • Acting dull, disoriented
  • Stool is black and tarry

How to Handle Poisoning in Cats and Dogs

If your pet ingested a poisonous substance, act promptly but remain calm. Here’s what to do:

  • Make sure your pet is still breathing and behaving normally
  • If the poisonous substance is within reach of other pets or children, remove your pet from the area and remove the substance quickly
  • Call us immediately, or contact the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for more information
  • Collect a sample of the poisonous substance to bring to the vet (if possible)
  • Do not attempt to treat your pet yourself; this could make their condition worse
  • Avoid trying to induce vomiting unless directed by your vet or a Pet Poison Helpline expert

If you’re not sure whether your pet was poisoned and need help handling the situation, you can reach out to us, or contact the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661*.

*The Pet Poison Helpline charges a $65 incident fee, which also includes any and all follow-up calls.

What to Expect When You Call Us or the Pet Poison Helpline

When you call our emergency hospital or the Pet Poison Helpline, there are a few pieces of information we (or they) will want to know, including:

  • What substance your pet ingested, and how much
  • The strength of the substance (if it was a chemical or medication)
  • How much time has passed since your pet ingested the substance
  • Your pet’s age, breed, and weight
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Some of the Most Common Household Poisons and Toxins

Our homes are full of potential poison hazards for our pets. See the list below and make sure that if your home contains these items, that they’re securely stored out of your pet’s reach!

  • Sweets, particularly chocolate, baked treats, and candies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Lawn and garden fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Rat poison
  • Bouquets, and indoor and outdoor plants (lilies are very toxic to cats, and azaleas and daffodils can be toxic as well)
  • Garlic, onions, grapes/raisins, and xylitol (artificial sweetener)
  • Human prescription and OTC medications, including pain relievers and cold medicines

Help for your pet is just a call away. Get in touch with The Village Vets 24-Hour Emergency at (404) 371-9774.

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