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Veterinary emergency – poison

Veterinary emergency

When an animal ingests poison, time is of the essence. Even small amounts of poisons can be fatal. VET&GO are here to give immediate assistance and advise on your veterinary emergency so your pet doesn´t suffer.

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
  • Batteries
  • 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.