Swallowing dangers for dogs
Please don’t let your dog be a victim of a swallowing danger. Follow these 4 simple steps;
Step 1: Prevent your dog from eating any more
Step 2: Phone ahead to your vet to ensure they are ready to receive your pet as an emergency case
Step 3: Collect the relevant wrapper or packaging with you
Step 4: Stay calm, get your dog to the vet, your pet may stay at the vets for some time (anything over an hour is quite normal)
If in doubt please call your vet immediately after your dog has eaten anything you are unsure about.
Act quickly, get your pet to the vet
Unfortunately, in every household, there are foods and substances which could cause your dog serious harm if they were swallowed. The answer is always to stay calm, collect the packaging and take your dog to your vet without delay.
Most swallowing dangers do not show symptoms until damage has already been done to your pet. This damage can be irreparable and nearly always causes pain and distress to your dog.
There are three main groups of swallowing dangers:
Poisons – like rat poison and antifreeze. These are the silent killers and can attack many body organs.
Caustics – caustic substances like bleach, household cleaners and petrol, these are corrosive materials.
Foreign bodies – these are objects like balls and toys, which dogs often swallow whilst chewing or playing. Similarly, we all to often see cases where dogs have hoovered up clothing such as socks, tights and underwear!
Remember – if the poison ingestion is presented to the vet quickly before symptoms are seen, there is a much better chance of a positive outcome.
Never – attempt to make your own dog sick, or try to make them drink or eat, unless a vet has prescribed treatment.