It is not always possible to keep track of what your dog eats, licks, mouths, or sniffs. Their curiosity and love for play can lead to hazardous situations. Everyday items like apricots, chocolate, coffee, and soda can be dangerous for your pet, but there are even more potentially harmful substances found in or around the home such as cleaning products, poisonous animals, gardening chemicals, and rodenticides. 

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are the only one who can save your dog, it is best to be prepared. Asking questions like “what are the symptoms of dog poisoning?” in a crisis will not be beneficial. Below is a list of common symptoms of poisoning in dogs, so if you find your dog in a poisoning situation, you can easily identify the symptoms and seek medical assistance right away. 

  1. Kidney Failure Symptoms  
  • Vomiting  
  • Diarrhea  
  • Lack of appetite  
  • Lack of urine or excessive urination  
  • Increased thirst  
  • Bad breath  

2. Internal Bleeding Symptoms 

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

3. Gastrointestinal Disorder Symptoms 

  • Loss of appetite  
  • Vomiting  
  • Diarrhea  
  • Excessive salivation  
  • Nausea 

4. Liver Failure Symptoms  

  • Diarrhea  
  • Vomiting  
  • Black tarry stools  
  • Weakness or collapse 
  • Jaundice  
  • Abnormal behavior and reduced mental activity 

It is important to note that this is a general, common list of possible poisoning symptoms. Symptoms can range from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures and heart problems. The type of poisoning will determine the clinical signs that occur. Being able to identify these symptoms can help pet owners take the necessary steps to protect their dog and ensure their safety. 

Treatment for Dog Poisoning  

One size does not fit all when it comes to treating any type of poisoning. The symptoms described may point to different levels of toxicity or types of poisoning, and only a medical professional can accurately diagnose the cause and provide an appropriate treatment. Trying to administer first aid without being aware of the type of poison or the situation your dog is in, may have adverse effects. If your pet has ingested poison from any source or you notice your dog exhibiting any of the above symptoms, contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 straight away.