What to Do For a Poisoned Animal
Be Prepared for a Poison Emergency: Your animal may become poisoned
despite your best efforts to pet-proof your home. Because of this,
you should always be prepared with phone numbers and an emergency
Understand your veterinarian’s emergency hours,make sure you know which
veterinary hospitals do provide after hours care and the
procedures to get your animal in to see a veterinarian. Additionally,
make sure you have the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center phone
number handy: (888) 426-4435.
Poison Safety Kit: Keep a pet safety kit on hand for emergencies.
Such a kit should contain:
- A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide 3% (USP)
- Can of soft dog or cat food, as appropriate
- Turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medical syringe
- Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants
- Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
- Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid for the animal after
- Rubber gloves
- Forceps to remove stingers
- Pet carrier
Contact information for ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888)
A $50 consultation fee may apply. When you call the center, be ready
- Your name, address and telephone number.
- Information concerning the exposure (the amount of agent, the
time since exposure, etc.). For various reasons, it is important
to know exactly what poison the animal was exposed to. Have the
product container/packaging available for reference.
- The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved.
- The symptoms your animal(s) is(are) experiencing