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Frequently Asked Questions


Should I keep a first aid kit in the house for my pets?
Absolutely! Carrying a few basic items can ease the stress of simple emergencies.

Should I give my pet household medications?
Do not ever give your pet any medications (Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, etc.) without checking with a veterinarian first. Many human drugs are toxic to animals and could preclude use of important medications to help your pet.

How do I know if my pet is having an allergic reaction?
Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, scratching, chewing at feet, swollen face or puffiness around eyes and trouble breathing. Allergic reactions should be treated as soon as possible to prevent shock.

What should I do if my pet is vomiting?
Look for signs of foreign material or strange food in the vomit. When you call the veterinarian, let them know if your pet has eaten any foreign objects or new foods. Rest the stomach for 4-6 hours by offering no food or water. Then try small amounts of water and bland food every two hours. If there is no further vomiting you can return your pet to a normal diet.

What should I do if my pet has diarrhea?
Diarrhea can be due to stress or change in the animal's diet. Make sure that your pet continues to drink water. If the diarrhea persists for more than 24 hours or your pet is showing other signs of illness (vomiting, lethargy, weakness), seek veterinary care.

My pet has been bitten. What should I do?
Injured animals communicate their pain through aggressive or defensive actions, so approach the animal slowly. Muzzle or have someone restrain the head. Examine the entire animal for bleeding, lacerations or pain. Bite wounds often need to be flushed extensively or sutured to help prevent infection.

How do I know if my pet is having a seizure?
Signs of a seizure include shaking uncontrollably, tremors, strange facial movements, inability to stand, swimming action with paws, loss of bowel or urinary control, and loss of consciousness. Do not try to restrain an animal during an episode but rather move objects away that may cause injury during the seizure. Call a veterinarian immediately.

What are some common household toxins I should know about?
There are several toxic items commonly found in many households.

  1. Antifreeze: The ingestion of even a small amount can be fatal as the antifreeze will cause neurological and kidney damage. Signs of poisoning include staggering, lethargy, excessive drinking and seizures. An antidote exists but must be given soon after ingestion.
  2. Chocolate: Candy chocolate usually will cause GI upset. Baker's or bittersweet chocolate is much more toxic and if ingested may cause nervous stimulation, tremors, rapid heart rate and seizures.
  3. Raisins/Grapes: Even in small quantity, can cause renal damage.
  4. Macadamia Nuts: Neurological disorders
  5. Rat Poisons: Bleeding or even severe neurological damage.
  6. Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Red blood cell and liver damage, especially in cats
  7. Plants: There are many potentially toxic plants to pets. Some cause only mild gastrointestinal upset, whereas others can cause severe organ damage. Some common plants which may be toxic to pets include:
    • Easter Lilly, Tiger Lilly: Kidney damage to cats
    • Rhododendron: GI upset, slow heart rate and shock
    • Mistletoe: GI upset and liver damage
    • Oleander: GI upset and heart damage
    • Castor Beans: Severe GI upset or even death
    • Sago Palm: Liver damage
    • Rhubarb: Neurologic disease
    • Iris: GI upset
    • Larkspur: GI upset and neurologic stimulation

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