Pet owners need to remain alert and vigilant when it comes to accidental poisoning in their dogs. Toxins can be found anywhere from the local dog park to even inside your own home. Given dogs’ natural sense of curiosity, they tend to explore everything, which puts them at a high risk of encountering hazardous substances. By being aware of their surroundings and knowing common poisoning signs to watch out for, you can be a step ahead of any potential dangers. 

Potential Symptoms of Poisoning in Dogs 

It’s very possible for pet owners to not see their dog ingesting a toxic substance until symptoms start to show. To keep your dog safe, it’s important to recognize the common symptoms of poisoning. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a starting point for identifying signs of poisoning. Look out for external symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, seizures, and more. Being able to spot these signs can help keep your pup safe and allow you to take appropriate action if needed. 

1. Liver Failure Symptoms 

  • Diarrhea  
  • Vomiting 
  • Black tarry stools 
  • Abnormal behavior 
  • Jaundice 
  • Weakness 

2. Kidney Failure Symptoms 

  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Lack of or excessive urination 
  • Increased thirst 
  • Halitosis 

3. Internal Bleeding Symptoms 

  • Bloody vomit 
  • Lack of appetite 
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Lethargy  
  • Coughing up blood  
  • Pale gums  
  • Collapse 

4. Gastrointestinal Disorder Symptoms 

  • Lack of appetite  
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Excessive drooling  
  • Nausea 

Who To Contact for Pet Poisoning 

If you suspect your dog has been poisoned, seeking medical help is crucial in preventing further harm. Attempting to administer treatment at home can worsen symptoms even more, so it’s best to consult your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® for immediate assistance. Take your dog to the nearest veterinary clinic for treatment. Your veterinarian will be able to treat your pup depending on their symptoms and type of poisoning. Taking the right measures is crucial for ensuring your dog’s safety and wellbeing. If you have any further questions or concerns of poisoning symptoms in pets, please contact Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661.