Learning About Rodent Pets

Getting Your Dog Necessary Help After It Eats Something Poisonous

by Neil Turner

If you discovered your dog has eaten a poisonous substance, you are undoubtedly concerned about their medical condition and will want to get them assistance promptly. It is important to have an emergency veterinarian check out your dog to ensure they are not at risk of health problems. Here are some steps you can take before and during your trip to a veterinarian with your dog.

Call a Vet to Get Necessary Instructions

It is best to call your dog's veterinarian as soon as you discover that they've eaten something they shouldn't. Make sure to have any packaging on hand at the time of your call so you can read the list of ingredients to the physician. They will then be able to direct you with information in how to handle the incident appropriately. In some instances a veterinarian will require you try to get your dog to vomit to eliminate some of the poison from their system. In other cases, it is best to avoid this practice as some poisons can cause damage to the throat and mouth on their way back out. 

Get Someone to Help You Keep Your Dog Calm

If possible, get assistance from a friend or loved one to sit with your dog as you transport it to the veterinarian's office. They will be able to talk to your dog and try to get it to relax during the ride. A familiar voice can set the dog at ease at a time when it is not feeling well. Bring along a blanket so your dog has a comfortable place to lie down as you make your way to the animal hospital. Make sure your assistant monitors your dog for any additional symptoms and have them call the veterinarian if conditions seem to be getting worse.

Bring Along the Poison So It Can Be Analyzed

It is a good idea to bring along any of the remaining poisonous substance with you when you go to the vet. They will then be able to conduct tests on the agent if necessary, which will help them in determining an appropriate action in getting your dog necessary help. It is important that you place this poisonous agent in an area of your vehicle where it cannot be accessed by your dog again. Locking it in your trunk is best so it cannot cause further damage to your pet or anyone you are bringing along to the medical facility.