Tobacco poisoning can happen in dogs if they get into products that contain tobacco. Tobacco is a type of plant that is used to supplement tobacco and nicotine products. Nicotine can be found in the tobacco plant itself. Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and more. Tobacco is not safe for dogs in any shape or form. They can experience severe clinical signs if they ingest enough tobacco to experience an overdose. Some nicotine products, such as nicotine gum, can contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener. Dogs can experience poisoning from xylitol as well. Keep all tobacco and nicotine products away from your furry friend. Let every family member know how to keep your furry friend safe from tobacco and nicotine.  

Clinical Signs of Tobacco Poisoning  

It is important to act immediately if your dog consumes tobacco. Monitor your dog’s environment if they are experiencing any symptoms. Common symptoms include: 

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

A dog’s stomach acid can slow down the absorption of nicotine. It is not recommended to give a dog an antacid if they consume tobacco or nicotine. It is never safe to treat your dog at home for any type of poisoning. Your dog should see a vet if they right away if your dog is exhibiting poisoning symptoms.  

Treatment for Tobacco Poisoning  

If your dog is experiencing tobacco poisoning, you need to take them to a vet. Your vet will be able to examine your dog and determine a treatment plan. Your veterinarian may have to induce vomiting and administer activated charcoal. These can stop further tobacco or nicotine absorption. Your veterinarian will likely prescribe IV fluids to aid stabilization. Tobacco poisoning is time-sensitive, so trust the experts and contact your vet and Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 for information on canine tobacco poisoning.