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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, depending on the amount ingested and concentration of the product

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Walking drunk
  • Seizures

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Most pesticides or insecticides (typically those that come in a spray can) are basic irritants to dogs and cats, and result in clinical signs of drooling, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In general, these are usually not a large poisoning concern unless the dog or cat directly ingested the product from the container or bag or if a pet’s symptoms become persistent. That said, there are some rare types of pesticides that are mixed with dangerous other chemicals or insecticides (such as organophosphates or carbamates), which can be life-threatening when consumed.

If you think your dog or cat was exposed to a pesticide, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for treatment recommendations.

Poison type: Garage Items

Alternate names: Pyrethrins, pyrethroids, insecticides, herbicides