- Donít panic. Rapid response is important, but panicking can interfere with
the process of helping your pet.
- Take 30 to 60 seconds to safely collect and have at hand any material
involved. This may be of great benefit to your vet and/or APCC
toxicologists, as they determine what poison or poisons are involved. In the
event that you need to take your pet to a local veterinarian, be sure to
take the productís container with you. Also, collect in a sealable plastic
bag any material your pet may have vomited or chewed.
- If you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be
toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not
notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, an animal may
appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.
Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
The telephone number is (888) 426-4435. There
is a $60 consultation fee for this service.
Be ready with the following information:
- the species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved
- the animalís symptoms
- information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the
amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of
Have the product container/packaging available for reference.
Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is
unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring
your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary
clinic. If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.
Keep the telephone number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control
Centeró(888) 426-4435óas well as that of your
local veterinarian, in a prominent location.
Invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet. The kit should
- a fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent USP (to induce vomiting)
- a turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer
- saline eye solution
- artificial tear gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing)
- mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (for bathing an animal after skin
- forceps (to remove stingers)
- a muzzle (to protect against fear- or excitement-induced biting)
- a can of your petís favorite wet food
-a pet carrier
Always consult a veterinarian or the APCC for directions on how and when
to use any emergency first-aid item.