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Find out more about your dogs
Every year, thousands of dogs needlessly suffer - and sometimes die - from accidental poisoning. Because of their natural curiosity, dogs can stumble across poisons inside and outside the house, even in places you thought they'd never look.
So to look after your best friend, it's incredibly important you learn how to make your home safe and know the potential signs of poisoning.
Poisoning can have many different effects on your dog. Some of the most common symptom include:
If you suspect that your dog has been poisoned, see your veterinarian immediately.
People often forget that baits are tasty. That's why snails, rats, rabbits and other pests eat them. Unfortunately dogs also find baits alluring enough to eat, and often gobble them down in large quantities. Be sure to keep your bait stored well out of reach of hungry hounds and children.
Toxins you keep around the house can be very dangerous to your dog if eaten by accident. These might include:
The list of potential toxins is huge and each one works differently:
Don't wait for your dog to show delayed signs of poisoning before taking them to your veterinarian or it may be too late to reverse the damage and poisoning. In some cases, dogs die despite all veterinary efforts.
Sodium monofluoroacetate (Compound 1080) is a widely used pesticide used for control of feral animals such as foxes. Dogs are particularly susceptible to this toxin. Despite strict regulations on use, accidental poisoning of domestic animals happens every year.
Certain foods are very dangerous for dogs to eat, such as onions, chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins and grapes. The result can be severe illness or even death. Learn more about these foods your dog should avoid.
If your dog has been poisoned, you must take them straight to an emergency veterinary clinic. All baits and poisons work differently, so take the packet, bottle or a sample as this will help your veterinarian know:
Prevention is, once again, the best approach to toxins. Some of the simple things you can do include:
The Merck Veterinary Manual