For most people pets aren’t just animals, they are family. And if something bad happens to your pet, it is an emergency. What if your pet has poisoning? Normandale Veterinary Hospital has the information you need if your pet is poisoned.


How Do You Know if Your Pet is Poisoned?

You can’t always watch your pet every minute of every day. Dogs, especially, will chew and get into things they are not supposed to when you don’t supervise them. When your pet just does not seem right, here are some of the signs to look for in the case of poison exposure.


●        Heavy drooling

●        Collapse

●        Coughing

●        Excessive Thirst

●        Diarrhea

●        Vomiting


My Pet Has Been Poisoned. Now What?

You may have seen your pet eat or get into a substance you know to be toxic. Or you may suspect poisoning based on their behavior. The first thing to do is avoid panic. Remaining calm will help soothe your stressed pet. Once you suspect poisoning, here’s what to do:


Do Not Induce Vomiting. Forcing your pet to vomit may actually increase the damage to their system. If you are noticing signs of poisoning, the poison is already in their system, and it is too late for vomiting to do any good. We will know whether or not to induce vomiting based on the pet and the poison.


Collect the Poison. If you know what your pet ate or got into, collect it. Bring any empty containers or substances you find. Be careful of exposing yourself to the poison. A lot of substances that are poisonous to pets are also poisonous to you.


Collect Specimens. You may have not seen what your pet got into. If your pet vomits or has diarrhea, collect specimens to bring to us for analysis. Specimens can help us determine the best course of treatment for your pet.


Call and Transport. You will need to call our veterinary hospital and then transport your pet to us immediately. Secure your pet in a travel kennel or crate and get to us as soon as possible. We will need to administer treatment immediately to save your pet. We have after hours answering services that can refer you to local emergency vet services if necessary.


Aftercare For Your Poisoned Pet

We may need to keep your pet for a short time for observation once we treat your pet. When you return home, review the area that the pet was found and do some “pet proofing” to remove any further poison sources. Store solvents and paint in closed areas away from the pet’s access. Remove any access to “human” food. Follow the vet’s instructions carefully for pet aftercare and contact us immediately if symptoms worsen.


General Veterinary Care in Edina, Minnesota

At Normandale Veterinary Hospital we know your pets are your family. We pride ourselves in providing top-notch general and emergency care for your pets. If you need veterinary care, we are there for you and your pets. Give us a call at (952) 831-8272, or you can message us on our contact page.