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10 Top Pet Poisons that Require Immediate Pet Urgent Care‚Äč

Poisoning is a pet emergency our Greensboro emergency veterinarian sees all too frequently. Here at our emergency pet clinic in Greensboro, we are equipped to handle all pet urgent care needs including poisoning.

poisons that require immediate pet urgent care in greensboro

About Pet Poisons

The list of substances toxic to cats and dogs is long, but the good news is that not all substances do significant harm. On the other hand, some result in severe harm and even death. Regardless, if you suspect that your pet has ingested a poison, that is a pet emergency that requires immediate intervention by our Greensboro emergency veterinarian.

Symptoms of Pet Poisoning

The symptoms that your cat or dog has ingested a poison will vary depending upon the substance, but they can be categorized as follows:

  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms:  Besides vomiting and diarrhea, your pet may also have bloody stools
  • Neurological Symptoms: These symptoms can range from seizures to extreme drowsiness
  • Bleeding and Anemia: Your pet may show bruising, nosebleeds, bloody stool, and anemia
  • Heart Symptoms:  Often caused by medications, your pet may have an irregular heartbeat along with other heart-related symptoms
  • Kidney Symptoms: With antifreeze as the number one culprit here, your pet would not be able to produce urine.

Top 10 Poisons for Dogs

The following substances have varying degrees of toxicity for dogs.

  1. Chocolate: the darker, the more toxic it is
  2. Mouse and rat poison
  3. Vitamins and minerals (D3, iron, etc.)
  4. Human and veterinary NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
  5. Cardiac medications: calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, etc)
  6. Cold and allergy medications
  7. Antidepressants
  8. Xylitol: a sugarless sweeter that is highly toxic
  9. Acetaminophen
  10. Caffeine pills

Top 10 Poisons for Cats

The following substances are the most common sources of toxicity in cats.

  1. Topical, spot application insecticides
  2. Household cleaners
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Lillies (flowers)
  5. Insoluble oxalate plants (Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
  6. Human and veterinary NASIDS
  7. Cold and flu medications
  8. Glow sticks
  9. ADD/ADHD medications/amphetamines
  10. Mouse and rat poisons

Diagnosis of a Poison Pet Emergency

The first question our Greensboro emergency veterinarian will ask you is how long has your pet been sick? For sudden onset illness that is suspected to be poisoning, our vet may induce vomiting from which we can tell a lot. For example, if the vomit has a blue tinge, chances are your pet has ingested rat poison. We will still send the vomit off to a pathology lab for a definite diagnosis. For pets who have been ill for a longer period, our vet may take blood to be tested.

Call Our Greensboro Emergency Veterinarian Today!

Poisoning is a serious pet emergency that requires getting your pet to our emergency pet clinic in Greensboro immediately.  Rest assured that our Greensboro emergency veterinarian is an expert in pet urgent care. Call and come for a free consultation to learn how we keep pets safe and healthy.

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