Monday, October 13, 2014

The Common Poisons We see in Wollongong Pets

The Common Poisonings seen in General Veterinary Practice

Only horrible people would deliberately go out of their way to poison an animal.  Most of the poisonings we see are actually accidental, but unfortunately, some are avoidable or preventable.

Often, pet owners have seen their pets eat these poisons, ring up for advice, and then usually say "I will  just wait and see what happens".

Please do not wait and see what happens, as many times, it can be too late. 

For example, if your pet has just eaten something, and it is possible to induce vomiting, then this is the best treatment. 

Many times, I hear the line  " I never thought he would..... climb the shelf/move the lounge/ reach that spot   "

With respect to marijuana, I have had owners say to me that they didn't think the pet would inhale it, and others didn't think they would eat the hash cookies off the compost heap. 

Well, yes, our pets do both!


Signs: drowsiness or abnormal excitable behaviour, swaying in the breeze (sway from side to side), easily startled, increased appetite (the munchies), star-gazing, lack of coordination

How soon: Within minutes

Rat Bait:

Signs: Depending on the type - either bleeding tendencies (will not show for days) or neurological signs (seizures, coma, tremors, altered behaviour) which occurs within hours.

How soon: Hours (if neurological type) or days (if bleeding type)

Snail Bait:

Signs: restlessness, seizures, vomiting, diarrhoea, death.

How soon: within 1-2 hours depending on how quickly it goes through the stomach


Signs: vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach or intestinal ulcers, kidney failure,

How soon:  Hours to days to weeks.

Paracetamol - TOXIC FOR CATS

Signs: Liver failure, abdominal pain, breathing problems, damages red blood cells so get muddy coloured gums, coma and death.

How soon:  Hours

Topical Flea Products

Do not ever use a dog product on cats (unless it is cleared by your vet).

Signs: Salivation, muscle tremors, seizures and death

How soon:  Hours

Cockroach Baits:

Signs: depending on type, but usually salivation, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain.

How soon: Within hours

For more information on these and other poisons visit

Refer to our First Aid app on what to do in the event of an emergency, and of course, call us on 42845988

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 I am Dr Liz, and we are here to help you keep your family safe and sound.  We are for happy, healthy pets always.