A few weeks ago, Addison (my nearly one year old pitty/lab mix) got into something in the backyard and her face blew up minutes later as a result.She got out of it okay thanks to Benadryl. We were lucky.
Would you know what to do if your pet got into something toxic?
What To Do If Your Pet gets into Something Poisonous
The ASPCA has some advice.
They say that if you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, an animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.
Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
The telephone number is (888) 426-4435. There is a $65 consultation fee for this service.
Be ready with the following information:
The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved.
The animal’s symptoms.
Information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.
Have the product container/packaging available for reference.
Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic. If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.
How can you prevent this?
Keep the telephone number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center—(888) 426-4435—as well as that of your local veterinarian, in a prominent location.
Invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet. The kit should contain:
A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent USP (to induce vomiting)
A turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer peroxide)
Saline eye solution
Artificial tear gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing)
Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (for bathing an animal after skin contamination)
Forceps (to remove stingers)
A muzzle (to protect against fear- or excitement-induced biting)
A can of your pet’s favorite wet food
A pet carrier
Always consult a veterinarian or the APCC for directions on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.