Dog owners should always be aware of the potential dangers of accidental poisoning in their pets. Common sources of poison can be found in the home, yard, sidewalk, anywhere! It is important to inform all family members of the proper way to interact with a dog to prevent potential poisoning situations. Dogs are naturally curious and will get into anything, so it is up to you to monitor their environment for any toxins. 

Recognizing the Symptoms of Poisoning in Dogs

In many cases, pet owners may not realize their dog has ingested a poisonous substance until they start to notice the exhibited symptoms. Different toxins affect pets in different ways, so it is important to be aware of the common signs of poisoning in dogs. This list is not comprehensive, but it provides a basic outline of the symptoms to look out for regarding any type of poisoning. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, seizures, and more. Being able to identify these symptoms can help pet owners take the necessary steps to protect their dog and ensure their safety.

  1. Signs of Gastrointestinal Disorder
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive drooling
  • Nausea
  1. Signs of Internal Bleeding
  • Lack of appetite
  • Bloody vomit
  • Increased heart rate
  • Lethargy
  • Coughing up blood
  • Collapse
  • Pale gums
  1. Signs of Kidney Failure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lack of or excessive urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Halitosis
  1. Signs of Liver Failure
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Black tarry stools
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Jaundice
  • Weakness or collapse 

What To Do If Your Dog is Poisoned
If you suspect that your dog has been poisoned, it is important to take the necessary steps to seek medical help. Trying to treat your dog at home can do more harm than good. A trained veterinarian is required to assist your dog with any exhibited symptoms. If you notice any symptoms of poisoning, call Pet Poison Helpline® immediately at (855) 764-7661 and take your dog to the nearest veterinarian for medical assistance. By taking the right steps, you can help to ensure your dog’s safety and wellbeing.