Listed here are items that are found
throughout your home everyday, and most pet owners never give it a thought that they
can be harmful to their animals. If you just think of your furbaby as you would
any other baby it makes sense that the same things are dangerous to both.
I have child locks on my cupboards to keep my cat's from opening the doors and
allowing the animals access to my cleaning products and food products.
These are just a few of the things that can happen to your pet, so please make
sure that toxic products are locked away. At
the end of this page is a Home
Emergency Medical Kit as listed in the Dog owner's home veterinary
How to induce vomiting
Induce vomiting by giving the dog hydrogen
peroxide. A 3% solution is most effective. Give one teaspoon
per 10 pounds of body weight and repeat every 15 to 20 minutes, up to three
times, until the dog vomits.
Gasoline, kerosene and turpentine can
cause pneumonia if aspirated or inhaled.
vomiting, rapid labored breathing, tremors, convulsions and coma. Death is
by respiratory failure.
NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Flush the dogs mouth immediately after contact and take him
as quickly as possible to the nearest veterinary clinic. If you can't get
to the vet very quickly, give the dog water or milk (30ml per six pounds of body
weight) by plastic syringe to dilute the stomach contents. Petroleum products
are extremely irritating to the skin and must be removed as quickly as
possible. Bathe the skin using warm soapy water.
Corrosive Household Products
Household cleaners, toilet bowl
cleaners, bleach, dishwasher detergents, anti-rust compounds, alkaline
batteries, drain decloggers and commercial solvents, when ingested can cause
burns of the mouth, esophagus and stomach. Severe cases cause perforations
of the stomach and strictures of the esophagus.
Treatment: DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Vomiting can result in rupture of the
stomach and burns of the esophagus. Flush the dogs mouth immediately after
contact and take him as quickly as possible to the nearest veterinary
clinic. If you can't get to the vet very quickly, give the dog water or
milk (30ml per six pounds of body weight) by plastic syringe to dilute the acid
or alkali in the stomach. With topical exposure, flush the area with water
for 30 minutes.
Most dogs like chocolate, but ingestion
can be dangerous. Chocolate contains methylxanthines (caffeine and the
alkaloid theobromine). A dog weighing 5 - 10 pounds could die after eating
as little as 4 ounces of baking chocolate.
hyperexcitability, vomiting, frequent urination, diarrhea, rapid breathing,
weakness, seizures, and coma.
Induce vomiting, record the type and amount of chocolate ingested. (Sweet and
semi-sweet chocolate in candy bars is not nearly as toxic as baking
chocolate.) Call your veterinarian for further instructions.
The FEEDING OF ONIONS TO DOGS SHOULD BE
AVOIDED. Onions contain a disulfide compound that may have an effect on
circulating red blood cells. Excess onion consumption affects the red blood cell
membrane, causing the membrane to weaken and rupture. This event results in
hemolytic anemia, and can be fatal.
Symptoms of onion toxicity
appear from 1 to 4 days after the ingestion of onions. Clinical signs include
vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and dark-colored urine.
attention should be sought out if any signs of onion toxicity are present.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins have been found to
be dangerous for dogs also. Especially small toy dogs because it does not
take much to have an effect on our tiny dogs.
Other Household Products
Acetone (found in nail polish remover)
-- Vomiting, diarrhea, depression, weak pulse, shock.
Treatment -- Induce
vomiting, give baking soda mixed in water.
Ammonia -- Vomiting of blood, abdominal
pain, skin blisters and burns.
Treatment -- Wash
skin with water and vinegar, give diluted water and vinegar orally or 3 egg
Antifreeze -- Vomiting, depression,
uncoordinated "drunken gait. Coma, kidney failure, & death can
occur in a matter of hours.
Treatment -- Induce
vomiting, get to nearest veterinary clinic as quickly as possible. If
treatment will be delayed administer activated charcoal to bind to any remaining
poison and prevent further absorption. If charcoal is not available, coat
the intestines with milk and egg white using 1/4 cup egg white and 1/4 cup milk
per 10 pounds of body weight. Time is of the essence in this case. The
longer you wait, the less chance you pet has of surviving.