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What To Do If Your Dog Eats A Poisonous Substance

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If you just found an open package of a chemical agent and your dog in the same vicinity, chances are you will want to take immediate steps to get your pooch to an emergency veterinarian to be evaluated for ingestion of the substance. There are some steps you should take right after finding the packaging to ensure your dog gets the proper help in removing the substance from its body. Here are some tips to use to make sure your dog is cared for in the right way so it makes a full recovery.

Call A Veterinarian First

Before you bring your dog to an animal hospital, it is best to make a phone call to a veterinarian to find out what steps you can take in relieving them from the effects of the substance before you arrive at the emergency facility. Read the packaging to the veterinarian over the phone as they will be able to determine whether you should induce vomiting or wait until the dog can be seen. Some substances can cause harm to the dog's throat and mouth if vomiting is induced, so it is best to find out beforehand whether you should intervene in trying to remove the substance yourself. It is also best to call so the facility is aware you will be arriving, allowing them to whisk your dog into a room for evaluation right away.

Contain The Substance For Evaluation

Place the poisonous substance inside a plastic bag to bring to the veterinarian hospital for evaluation. This should be placed in the trunk of your vehicle so your dog does not try eating more of it while in transit to the facility. The substance will be analyzed for harmful properties upon your arrival, helping the veterinarian determine the right course of action in removing it safely from your dog's body.

Make The Dog Comfortable

It is a good idea to enlist help from another person when transporting your dog to the medical facility. They will be able to observe the dog for symptoms during the ride and can call the veterinarian back if additional help is needed while in transit. Do not put the dog in a cage as this may frighten them during the ride. Instead, allow them to rest comfortably on a blanket in the back seat of the vehicle along with the person you have helping you. They will be able to pet the dog and speak to it softly to help it remain calm during the ride to the animal hospital. 

Check out http://www.1stPetVet.com for more tips on what to do if you suspect your dog has eaten something poisonous.