What substances are poisonous to animals?
Dogs and cats, and other pets such as rabbits, are inquisitive and don´t know what they shouldn’t eat or sniff. Poisons aren´t just products with a ‘poison’ label. For example, did you know that chocolate and grapes are harmful to animals?
Some of the most common animal poisons that can cause a veterinary emergency are:
- Household and garden products
- Rat poison
- Human medication
- Bee and wasp stings
- Some plants
- Xylitol (a sweetener used in chewing gum, toothpaste and some sugar-free foods)
It’s important to keep any toxic products you have in your home out of reach of your pet.
What to do if your pet ingests a poisonous substance
If you suspect your pet has been exposed to or ingested a poisonous substance you should contact a vet as soon as possible. If your usual vet is closed call our 24/7 helpline for IMMEDIATE assistance.
If your pet has been poisoned:
- Remove them from the location of the poison
- If possible, collect a sample of the poison to take to your vet
- Do not give your pet any medication or home remedies
- Do not induce vomiting, unless advised by us
We will assess the veterinary emergency over the phone and decide if your pet needs to come in for treatment.