Canine First Aid for Hydrotherapists

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Pet Poisoning: Identifying and Responding to Toxins

Recognising Potential Toxins

Identify potential toxins and seek immediate assistance:

  • Veterinary Poison Line: Utilize resources like the Veterinary Poison Line to determine if a substance is toxic to your pet.
  • Known Toxins: Common poisons include rat poison, slug bait, and certain foods like grapes, chocolates, and onions.
  • Medications: Be cautious of medications like paracetamol and ibuprofen, which can be harmful to pets if ingested.

Response to Suspected Poisoning

Take immediate action if you suspect poisoning:

  • Contact Your Vet: If your pet has ingested something suspicious, notify your vet immediately for guidance.
  • Prompt Treatment: If ingestion occurred within a couple of hours, inducing vomiting may prevent absorption of the poison; seek veterinary assistance promptly.
  • Information Gathering: Provide detailed information to your vet, including the type of poison and time of ingestion, for tailored treatment.

Specific Poison Risks

Be aware of specific risks associated with certain toxins:

  • Rat Poison: Different types of rat poison can lead to varied consequences, such as neurological issues or bleeding disorders; inform your vet about the specific type.
  • Antifreeze: Antifreeze ingestion in cats is fatal and requires immediate attention; even suspected exposure warrants veterinary assessment.

Act swiftly and decisively if you suspect your pet has been poisoned, as timely intervention can save lives.