Nicotine Toxicity in Pets 

Owning a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences but it also carries certain responsibilities. One important thing to remember is that many common household items, including nicotine-containing products, can be deadly if ingested by your furry friend. Keep reading below to take a closer look at nicotine toxicity in pets and what you need to know in order to keep your beloved companion safe from harm. 

Potential signs of Nicotine Toxicity 

Symptoms of nicotine poisoning vary greatly, but occur quickly. Signs can be seen within 15 to 60 minutes after ingestion.  

  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Agitation 
  • Elevations in heart rate 
  • Elevations in respiration rate 
  • Depression 
  • Tremors 
  • Ataxia 
  • Weakness 
  • Seizures 
  • Cyanosis 
  • Coma 
  • Cardiac arrest 


If your pet ingests any products containing nicotine, you must contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for life-saving advice. Nicotine poisoning symptoms occur rapidly and severely, so seeking prompt treatment is key to your pet having a chance at recovery. Giving your pet antiacids is counterproductive, because the stomach acid naturally slows down the absorption of nicotine. Depending on when the ingestion occurred your veterinarian may induce vomiting and administer activated charcoal to stop further absorption in the stomach. IV fluids will aid excretion and stabilization in your furry friend.  

Preventative Steps 

To avoid a poisoning case in your pet, prevention is the most important factor. Remove any nicotine containing products out of your household so your pet cannot get their paws on it. If you choose to not remove the products, then store them in a secure place where your pet can’t reach it. If you have further questions or concerns about nicotine toxicity in pets do not hesitate to reach out to the trusted experts at Pet Poison Helpline today!