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Poisoning In Dogs

Poisoning In Dogs

If you think your dog might have been poisoned, it's important to get to the bottom of the issue right away. Our Phoenix vets are here to talk about the signs and symptoms of poisoning in dogs. 

What To Do If Your Dog Is Poisoned

Stay calm and make sure the source of the poison is out of your dog’s reach. Then get your dog to an emergency pet hospital as soon as possible.

Call Us:  (602) 765-3700

Signs & Symptoms of Poisoning in Dogs

The following symptoms may indicate that your dog has been poisoned:

  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Heart problems
  • Agitation
  • Kidney failure
  • Excessive bruising or bleeding
  • Drooling
  • Unsteady on feet
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Oral irritation
  • Pale gums
  • Inability to urinate

Poisonous Substances For Dogs

Most of the poisoning cases our 24-hour emergency vets in Phoenix, AZ see are the result of dogs getting into substances around the house that are toxic to them. Certain foods, medications and household substances that are safe for humans can often be dangerous to your dog.

The following substances are the most common dog poisons we see at our emergency animal clinic:


Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, Advil and Aleve, as well as herbal and nutraceutical products, can be poisonous to dogs. Prescription medications that are beneficial to humans can also be highly poisonous when ingested by dogs.

People Food

Our pets have a different digestive system than we do. Certain foods like chocolate, onions and garlic which are perfectly safe for us to eat, are life-threatening to dogs.

Veterinary Products

Medications like painkillers, dewormers, and flea/tick treatments can be poisonous to dogs if consumed or administered improperly.

Household Products

Household cleaning products are a leading cause of pet poisoning, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems. Chemicals in antifreeze, paint thinner, and chemicals for pools also can act as dog poison.

Rodenticides & Insecticides

Rat poison and insecticides can be just as dangerous for your dog as the creatures they are intended for. If you have a dog, we highly advise against placing any type of poisons for rodents anywhere around your house.


Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, and sago palms. 

Lawn & Garden Products

Many products that can be used on your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them. Make sure to store these away properly so your dog can't accidentally get into them.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you suspect that your dog may have been poisoned, contact our Phoenix emergency veterinarians immediately. We are available 24/7 for urgent and life-threatening veterinary care. 

New Patients Welcome

At Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, we are accepting new patients and referrals for our emergency and specialty services. Our team of experienced veterinarians and on-staff specialist are passionate about the health and well-being of pets in the Phoenix area. Contact us today to inquire about appointments or find out about the referral process.

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