Pictured: Paraquat

Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Common signs to watch for:

  • Excitation
  • Walking drunk
  • Abdominal pain
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Increased thirst
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Organ failure

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide used as an agriculture chemical. While it is rarely found in North America, it is commonly used in other countries. Unfortunately, it is often used in attempted suicides in Central America. When ingested, paraquat poisoning results in severe gastrointestinal distress, including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, ulcers in the mouth and esophagus, etc. Once paraquat is absorbed into the system, it results in severe lung injury, causing death by hypoxemia (lack of oxygen). Death can occur quickly. Immediate therapy is necessary.

Poison type: garden_items

Alternate names: herbicide, defoliant, fertilizer, suicide