94.59% survey participants feel that ingestion of poison is an emergency.
In fact, there is no single item on the survey list that got 100% people check it and that includes those that absolutely, definitely are an emergency.
Yeah, I suppose it might depend on what people think of as a poison; which one and how much of it was ingested ... Yeah, a dog can survive eating chocolate, depending on the type, amount, and size of the dog. And yeah, with something like chocolate you might get away by inducing vomiting at home. But you still better deal with it before you finish whatever chocolate your dog left or before the end of your favorite show. Isn't that still a definition of an emergency?
With anything toxic, time is of the essence.
Ideally, your dog gets help before it absorbs into the body. Which in general is under 2 hours of ingestion. The sooner the better. Like right now.
But I didn't say chocolate, I said poison.
You know, rat bait, snail bait, antifreeze, poisonous mushrooms ... poisons. Things where the tiniest amount can kill your dog.
Plus making your dog vomit is not always the best idea.
- Remove your pet from the area.
- Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.
- Do NOT give any home antidotes.
- Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Pet Poison Helpline.
- Call Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.
- If veterinary attention is necessary, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
"Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 for help immediately!" ~Pet Poison Helpline
"Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately."
It's an emergency. Period.
Dog Medical Emergencies Survey
Dog Medical Emergencies Survey Results
Is Unproductive Retching an Emergency?
Is Difficulty Breathing an Emergency?
Is Panting an Emergency?
Is Severe Pain an Emergency?
Is Limping an Emergency?
Is Vomiting Bile in the Morning an Emergency?
Is Profuse Vomiting an Emergency?
Are Convulsions or Seizures an Emergency?
Is Loss of Appetite an Emergency?
Is Reduced Activity an Emergency?
Is Severe Lethargy an Emergency?
Is Inability to Stand an Emergency?
Is Inability to Urinate an Emergency?
Are Cuts and Abrasions an Emergency?
Is Bleeding an Emergency?
Is Blood in Vomit an Emergency?
Is Fresh Blood in Stool an Emergency?
Is Black, Tarry Stool an Emergency?
Are Pale Gums an Emergency?
Is an Unresponsive Dog an Emergency?
Is Coughing an Emergency?
Is Choking an Emergency?
Is Head Pressing and Emergency?
Are Bug Stings an Emergency?
Are Spider or Snake Bites an Emergency?
Are Animal Bites an Emergency?