What To Do If Your Dog Eats a Toxic Food

October 17, 2022

What To Do If Your Dog Eats a Toxic Food

If your dog eats toxic food, get help as quickly as possible.

Some signs that your dog may have eaten a toxic food include listlessness, distress, pain, vomiting, or bloody stools. Sometimes a dog’s stomach will become bloated from gas and feel hard to the touch. This painful condition can cause the stomach to burst if not treated.

Exactly what to do (such as whether to induce vomiting or not) varies widely depending on the type of toxin ingested. In fact, some situations will get worse if you induce vomiting.

Don’t try to figure it out yourself: Call your veterinarian or poison control right away. Timing is vital. Treatments are typically more successful and hospitalization is shorter if a dog gets help fast.

If you have good pet insurance, you’ll want your veterinarian to send them all the records about your treatment later.