Toxic ingestion is a condition that could strike any dog or cat. Since pets are naturally curious, they may meet an agent that could cause them distress. If your pet ingests a toxic substance, contact El Paso Animal Hospital to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Our vet provides emergency services to pets in the Derby and Wichita areas.
How To Protect Your Pet From Toxic Ingestion
It is important to take the time to check your pet's surroundings regularly so that there is a decreased chance of a toxic ingestion occurrence. In areas that your pet frequents often, get down at your pet's level and check for potential hazards. This includes chemical substances such as antifreeze, cleaning supplies, and home improvement agents. Remove them from the area and keep them at a high level, preferably in a locked cabinet or drawer. Some foods and plants are also toxic to pets. Take the time to look up information about poisonous substances so you are aware of potentially toxic items and make sure to keep them out of reach of your pet.
What To Do If Your Pet Ingests Something Poisonous
If your pet ingests something toxic, there are a few signs that indicate they are suffering from this problem. Your pet may become lethargic or unresponsive. It may have stomach distress, usually noticed by the occurrence of vomiting or diarrhea. It may show general discomfort. If you suspect your cat or dog has eaten something poisonous, it is of the utmost importance that you call our veterinarian immediately. Let our practitioner know what substance you believe your pet has ingested, as this information makes a difference in treatment options. In some instances, our vet may recommend inducing vomiting. In other situations, an emergency visit is necessary.
How Our Vet Will Help Your Pet
If your pet ingests something toxic, an evaluation of their medical condition is required to remove the substance from the body safely. Contact our vet right away and alert our staff about the problem so they are aware you will be bringing your pet in for an emergency evaluation. Our veterinarian will check your pet's condition and take the needed steps to eliminate the toxin from their body safely. If you have packaging from the toxic substance, bring it to our veterinarian's office so we can make a quick decision regarding the proper treatment required to help your dog or cat.
Call El Paso Animal Hospital Today!
If you live in the Derby or Wichita area, and your pet is suffering from toxic ingestion, contact El Paso Animal Hospital to speak with our vet immediately. Call us at (316) 788-1000 for more information or to make an appointment.