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Even if your pet has always displayed something of a cast-iron stomach, ingesting even small quantities of the wrong substance can place his life in peril. Pets can be poisoned by an amazingly wide range of toxins, from household cleaners to plants and foods. Fortunately, you've got friends at Animal Health Veterinary Group and our Staten Island veterinarians are experienced in making prompt diagnoses and administering lifesaving care.
You may not realize it, but your pet is surrounded by toxins on a daily basis. Many of the substances keep in our households can cause serious illness or death if a curious pet consumes them. Common pet toxins include:
How do you recognize the signs of toxic ingestion in pets? Your pet may appear disoriented or wobbly on his feet, drool, suffer a seizure, breathe heavily, or experience diarrhea and vomiting. If you suspect that your pet has ingested a toxin, try to identify what he might have gotten into and bring a sample of it to our veterinarian in Staten Island NY. Don't try to induce vomiting, since this may allow a corrosive substance to do even more damage.
As soon as your pet enters our clinic, our team will run fast, efficient but accurate diagnostic routines to determine exactly what your pet consumed and what needs to be done. In some cases, we will administer emetics (drugs that induce vomiting); in others, we may administer activated charcoal to neutralize the toxin. If the emergency occurs outside our office hours, we'll refer you to Greater Staten Island Veterinary Services for immediate care.
It can be a dangerous world out there, but Animal Health Veterinary Group can help your pet in times of trouble. If you are concerned that your pet has ingested a toxic substance, our Staten Island vets are here to help. Call either of our offices for assistance!
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