VCA Stirling Square Animal Hospital

Common Household Toxins

Know What Poisons Lurk in Your Home and Yard

While prevention is always the best medicine to keep your pet safe from common toxins, knowing the symptoms of possible poisoning may save your pet’s life.
Numerous toxic items can be found both inside and outside the home, and may of them are surprisingly common.

  • Toxic foods include chocolate, avocado, onions and garlic, raisins and grapes, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated beverages, macadamia nuts, and chewing gum with xylitol.
  • Many plants (even dead or dried) are toxic to pets. In some cases, only certain parts of the plant are dangerous (leaves, fruit, seeds). Be aware of the toxic plants that grow in your home and surroundings (both cultivated and wild), and keep your pets away from them or remove them entirely.
  • Other toxins found outside include mushrooms and garden mulch.
  • Keep your pets off lawns or gardens freshly treated with fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides. If your dog has come in contact with treated lawns or has walked on snow or ice treated with ice-melt, wipe his feet clean as soon as you get home to avoid the possibility of him licking his paws and ingesting the poison. Store all chemicals in cabinets and other places your pet can’t reach.
  • Real danger to pets continues from antifreeze/coolant, even though animal-friendly products are now available (usually made with propylene glycol, not ethylene glycol). Always wipe up antifreeze leaks or spills of any size. Attracted to the sweet taste, pets can die from kidney failure if they ingest even a small amount of this very toxic material.
  • Store poisonous baits to rid your home of pests (rodents, snails, insects, etc.) in places your pooch cannot accessLike antifreeze, some baits smell sweet but are very toxic to pets, causing severe internal bleeding.
  • Other household items poisonous to pets include household cleaners (the fumes can be noxious) and heavy metals, such as lead found in paint chips and linoleum.
  • Consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any vitamin, herbal supplement or medication made for humans. Even small doses of medications of any kind"whether for humans or pets"can be lethal to pets. Keep all medicines well out of your dog’s reach.

Symptoms of poisoning (toxicity) in your pet can include:

  • Vomiting/upset stomach
  • Labored or shallow breathing
  • Drooling
  • Increased or decreased heart rate
  • Fever
  • Hyperactivity or sluggishness/lethargy
  • Increased thirst or lack of thirst or hunger
  • Dilated pupils
  • Stumbling or staggering
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Loss of consciousness

If you think your pet has ingested a dangerous substance, you are advised to bring the dog into the clinic, be sure to take along the packaging of the item or a sample of the plant you think your dog may have eaten. This will help the veterinarian to know how best to treat your pet.

Contact us at 954-963-5300 immediately if you think your pet has ingested a dangerous substance.

Reach the APCC Animal Poison Control Hotline 24 hours a day at 888-426-4435.
http://www.aspcapro.org/animal-poison-control.php

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

We refer after hours emergencies to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists located at 3217 NW 10th Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fl.  They are a 24 hour critical care referral hospital.  Phone number is 954-641-1100.

Alternate emergency service at St. Francis Emergency Animal Hospital located at 6602 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Fl.  Also a 24 hour critical care referral hospital. Phone number is 954-962-8564.

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