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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.