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Food and Household Poisoning

Emergency Care for Food or Household Poisoning From Your Winnipeg Veterinarian

At St. Norbert Animal Hospital, we understand that treating your family pets with some of the foods you love is a temptation that is hard to deny. However, certain foods can be dangerous and potentially deathly to your cats and dogs. From everyday food items to house plants, human medications and household cleaners – here are many hidden dangers in your home that could poison your beloved pets. Luckily, with a bit of preparation and awareness, you can greatly reduce the risk of an emergency visit to our veterinarian in Winnipeg and keep your pets safe for many years to come.

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Emergency Care for Food or Household Poisoning

There are many different steps you and your family can take to help protect your pet and keep them far away from potentially harmful items in your home. Some of the most effective options include:

  • Storing household cleaners and chemicals in a safe place that is out of reach for pets.
  • Make sure that you safely dispose of medicine, chemicals and food. Pets may scavenge food and other items from your garbage bin, so keep that area secure and inaccessible.
  • If you use poisons in the house or garden, keep your pet away from the contaminated area.
  • Use alternative pest baits that are not harmful to pets in the event that you have a pest infestation.
  • Only give your pet medications that have been recommended or prescribed by our Winnipeg vet team.
  • Feed your pets a nutritionally balanced diet and refrain from over-feeding human foods.

Additionally, pets do not have to directly eat or drink toxins to become poisoned. For example, if your cat lies in your garden after insecticide has been sprayed, traces can get onto their coat and then become ingested during grooming.

Common Threats Inside Your Home

While most people are aware that chemicals and household cleaners can be dangerous if ingested by their pets, there are other much more common household foods and items that also pose a great danger to their health. Some of the most common household threats include:

  • Certain houseplants (lilies, mistletoe, azalea, philodendron)
  • Rawhide chews
  • Chocolate
  • Leftovers with chicken bones
  • Holiday decorations and lights
  • String, yarn and rubber bands
  • Toys with movable parts
  • Human medications
  • Onions and garlic
  • Avocado
  • Peaches and apricots
  • Raisins and grapes
  • And much more

What Can I Do if I Suspect Poisoning?

If you believe that your pet has been poisoned, remaining calm and contacting our offices for an emergency appointment are important first steps. There are several signs of poisoning to be aware of, including:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased Urination
  • Muscle Twitching or Shaking
  • Restlessness or Hyperactivity
  • Seizures
  • Fever

Schedule an Appointment with Your Winnipeg Veterinarian

Want more information on what you and your family can do to help prevent pet poisoning? We are proud to offer extended urgent care hours, 7 days a week. Call (204) 261-7376 or visit our emergency vet in Winnipeg online today.