Vets talk dog poisoning

What should I do if my dog has been poisoned?

Stay calm and make sure the source of the poison is out of your dog’s reach. Call your daytime vet straight away or, if it’s at night, on a weekend or bank holiday, your nearest Vets Now, and follow their advice.

Getting your dog to a vet quickly is essential in ensuring a happy outcome.

How do I know if my dog has been poisoned?

Symptoms of poisoning in dogs can vary tremendously depending on the type of poison they’ve encountered. These signs can range from vomiting to breathing difficulties to drooling.

Swallowed poisons, for example, often cause sickness, diarrhea, agitation and heart issues. If your dog has inhaled something toxic they may find it difficult to breathe or lose consciousness. Poisons that come into contact with your dog’s skin can cause irritation and pain. The table below shows the main clinical signs in some of the most common poisons.

ProductChemical/NameSome common signs
ChocolateTheobromineAgitation, tremors, convulsions, heart issues
Human drugsIbuprofen, DiclofenacSickness, diarrhea, kidney failure
Anticoagulant rat poisonBromadiolone, Difenacoum, WarfarinExcessive bruising or bleeding although these effects may not be seen until several days later
Slug pelletsMetaldehydeUnsteady on feet, convulsions, breathing problems
Grapes and raisinsVitis ViniferaKidney failure
Vitamin D Sickness, diarrhea, convulsions, abnormal heart beat, kidney failure
OnionsThiosulphateDrooling, nausea, oral irritation, sickness, diarrhea, pale gums