Many people know the common substances that are toxic to pets such as certain foods, chemicals, medications, and more. Have you ever thought about what an excess amount of salt can do to your furry companion? Salt poisoning can occur if your pet consumes a large amount of salt. It’s a health hazard and cannot be overlooked. Continue reading below to learn about what salt poisoning can do to your pet and what to do in case of an emergency.
Salt is an essential part of a pet’s health. It helps keep bodily fluids in balance and muscle and nerve function. You must be careful because too much salt can lead to serious issues. Pets can get into salty treats such as pretzels or drink saltwater from the beach, which can lead to poisoning. Certain medical conditions can increase the risk of poisoning as well. If your pet has kidney disease, they’re more likely to be affected by salt because the kidneys help regulate electrolyte levels.
Salt Poisoning Symptoms
If your pet has ingested an excessive amount of salt, they may exhibit the following signs:
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive thirst or urination
Call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for medical help if your pet is experiencing salt poisoning and/or they’re exhibiting the above signs. Your pet will need to receive treatment at the clinic from your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will administer IV fluids and electrolytes to combat dehydration. If the toxicity is severe, hospitalization may be required for extensive care and monitoring. Prevention is key in these cases. You should always monitor your pet’s environment inside and outside to make sure they’re not consuming anything that could be harmful to them.