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What to do if Your Pet is Poisoned – Advice from our Brunswick Veterinarian

It’s every pet parent’s worst nightmare: your dog or cat gets into something they shouldn't. While most of us don’t want to imagine this, it’s important to be prepared in case it does happen. Our Brunswick veterinary clinic offers urgent care for pet poisoning, but your pet’s chances will be better if you take the right steps before bringing them in.

cat playing with bin of cleaning products that could lead to pet poisioning

So, do you know what to do if your pet is poisoned? Memorize these steps before it happens, and your pet will thank you later:

Figure Out if Your Pet Ingested Poison

Is your pet acting strangely, or did you catch them digging through a bag or bin with potential toxins? Poisoning is easier to treat if it’s caught right away, so drop everything and evaluate the situation. Are there pills or chemicals where your pet could’ve reached them? Keep them handy so you know the exact name and dosage. Are there wrappers lying around? Make sure you get some details that can help the poison prevention helpline and your veterinarian.

Call the Pet Poison Helpline

After your quick evaluation, pick up the phone and dial 1-800-213-6680. This is the number for the Pet Poison Helpline, and calling could make a critical difference for your pet. The representative will ask questions and guide you through the next steps to help your pet. Your phone call will start a case file for your pet, which you and your veterinarian can both access forever without an additional charge.

Seek Emergency Vet Care for Pet Poisoning

If your pet was exposed to something toxic and you’ve already called the pet poison hotline, you probably know what to do next: take them to the vet immediately. Luckily, our Brunswick veterinary clinic is open for walk-in pet emergencies. If you need urgent care during the week, come to The Veterinary Clinic as soon as you can. We provide emergency vet care for ingestion of toxic substances.

Protect Your Pets with Poison Prevention Tips

Of course, it’s much easier to prevent poisoning altogether than to treat it. Spare your pets unnecessary pain and suffering, and take some simple preventative actions to reduce their poisoning risks. Here are a few pet poison prevention tips that should make it a lot easier to keep your pets safe:

  • Research every flower & plant you bring inside – Some incredibly common flowers and plants (including lilies and tulips) are toxic to dogs and cats, so do your research before buying a bouquet or houseplant
  • Keep food & wrappers where pets can’t get them – Some common human foods (including raisins, garlic, and chocolate) are toxic to dogs and cats, and the packaging can be a choking hazard. Don’t leave bowls of candy sitting on a coffee table or walk away from a plate of food
  • Keep medications in secure cabinets & cupboards – No plastic bags or bottles of pills should be lying around your house. Any medication, dietary supplement, or prescription medical device should be stored in an elevated, closed cabinet or cupboard
  • Secure your garbage, recycling & compost – Most household garbage is loaded with choking and poisoning hazards for pets, so buy a lockable trash can or keep your bins behind closed doors  

Contact our Brunswick Veterinarian Immediately if you Suspect a Pet Emergency

If you believe your pet may have ingested poison, don’t hesitate to call us at 207-729-3412. We provide emergency urgent care as well as preventative care services for your pet. Want to keep your dog or cat as healthy and safe as possible? Make an appointment at The Veterinary Clinic to get started with a wellness exam.