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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Depression or agitation
  • Walking drunk
  • Hypotension
  • Life-threatening low heart rate
  • Death

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Imidazoline decongestants are a topical vasoconstrictor (constricts blood vessels). When a bottle of eye drops are chewed, it can result in severe poisoning in pets – even death, when untreated. Clinical signs of vomiting, lethargy, depression or agitation, ataxia, hypotension, and a life-threatening low heart rate can be seen. Immediate veterinary attention should be seen. When in doubt, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for life-saving advice to find out if these common eye drops are poisonous to your pet.

Poison type: Medications

Alternate names: decongestants, nasal sprays, nasal decongestants, opthalmic preparation, Visine, eye drops