Pet Poisons – Prevent Emergencies, Be Prepared!

by Mary Haight on May 3, 2011

Pet poisons are probably in your home. Someone leaves the chocolates out, or Junior decides a cleaning powder left on the counter smells great and starts chewing. You may arrive home one day to find your pet has eaten a foodPet Poisons or household item and now you have a pet health emergency on your hands.  What will you do?

Here’s a great tip: Add an emergency helpline to your cellphone contacts. When you’re in a panic, you can sometimes forget to take quick action. Be prepared! Immediate action can make all the difference to your pet’s recovery. Call your helpline. They will give you directions on how to start treatment at home to stop pet poisons from causing more serious damage to your pet.

Here’s how it works. Have your credit card ready for a fee of $35. Call and report everything you see to the pet poisons emergency service. Do not take action before you get assistance from a helpline professional. You can do more harm trying to make your pet vomit something he’s eaten than you think.  If you see no evidence of food or other household items, think about any recent additions or changes in your pet’s medications. Pet poisons can turn up in unexpected places.

For instance, a couple of years ago certain flea and tick products were the cause of suspected thousands of pet poisonings. In this case, the EPA had approved meds killing cats and dogs. They looked into the pet poisons issues in several products, and their findings were reported in  Toxic Flea & Tick Pet Meds .  Pet poisons in products are not always caught before they reach your local store.  Reports from the public can help get bad products off store shelves.

The Pet Poison Helpline is a great tool to have at your fingertips. They are the only poison control center with “board certified veterinary internal medicine specialists, emergency critical care specialists and veterinary toxicologists” according to their website. That is just the kind of care you need in these situations.  Quick treatment advice given on pet poisons may put your furry friend on the road to a speedy recovery, or even help save his life before you take him to the emergency clinic.

Animal Cafe’s Dr Lorie Huston is hosting a Q&A on pet poisons Wednesday, 9pm EST with guest Dr Justine Lee, head of veterinary services at Pet Poison Helpline. Save the date. Make a plan for dealing with pet poisons with help from an expert – meet Dr. Lee in the Chat Cafe on Wednesday night!

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This is just another reason why I have pet insurance. Having an animal become suddenly sick makes you sick inside because you feel so helpless. I had a cat fall ill and die within 3 days becoming more and more lethargic. We spent $1000 during those 3 days across 3 different vets and emergency care... which is why I have pet insurance now. They never determined what happened to her, but now I know that I will be able to make sure we try our best.

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