Depending on the poison, you have very little time before the toxins takes hold. So if you think your Morkie has been poisoned by something he ate, the first rule is ACT FAST — without panicking.
Act fast but don’t panic
Contact your Vet
Don’t waste time on google – get on the phone.
What are typical dog poisoning symptoms?
Common poison symptoms in dogs include staggering and sudden collapse, sudden and intense drooling, vomiting, shaking, convulsions and a spike in temperature – in an otherwise healthy dog.
Immediate symptoms: heavy duty vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.
Your Morkie’s reaction is usually linked to the type of poison.
Symptoms of Dog Poisoning
- sudden collapse
- sudden and intense drooling
- a spike in temperature
If there is any possibility that your Morkie came into contact with poison, call your Vet at once. Don’t wait for symptoms; they could be delayed a day or two and by then, it may be too late.
Your Vet will confirm if you should get your dog to throw up. In some cases, this could cause more harm than good.
If you can’t raise your Vet, call the nearest emergency pet clinic.
Ask if you should get your Morkie to throw up.
Be prepared to get to that clinic at once.
WHEN to make your dog throw up
DO NOT MAKE YOUR MORKIE VOMIT IF –
- your dog is unconscious or is having trouble breathing
- he is exhibiting signs of serious distress or shock
- you suspect he ingested corrosives or caustic — which include:
- strong acids, drain cleaner, bleach, dishwashing machine powder, rat and rodent poison, antifreeze, perfume, mouthwash, or anything made from petroleum products — paint thinner, paint.
DO MAKE YOUR MORKIE VOMIT IF –
- he is showing signs of being poisoned, such as staggering and sudden collapse, sudden and intense drooling, vomiting, shaking, convulsions and a spike in temperature
- AND you know he did not eat something corrosive or caustic.
- Caustic things include the things just listed, such as strong acids, drain cleaner or rat poison.
HOW to make your dog throw pup
Be prepared by assembling the following:
- a fresh bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, available at any drugstore
- measuring spoons
- a small bowl for mixing
- a turkey baster or an eyedropper
- these instructions printed out
- your Veterinarian’s name and phone number
- the number for your local animal poison control centre, also printed out
Also keep a small bottle of olive oil in the kit, to give in case your dog has swallowed something corrosive
Let everyone in the family know where this kit is, and if you take your dog away with you on vacation or to the cottage, make up a second kit or be sure to take one from home. And remember, prevention is many times more effective – and easier – than treatment!
2 More Things to Keep On Hand
These two products help absorb toxins in your Morkie’s stomach and digestive system, incase he can’t or won’t throw up — and until you get to the Veterinarian for emergency help.
Endosorb is another product you can use to help your Morkie with extreme diarrhea.
It absorbs toxins in the stomach and intestines and is used to treat diarrhea. It works by binding large numbers of bacteria and toxins and reducing the loss of water.
It is available in tablets or a suspension (liquid). The active ingredient in Endosorb is activated attapulgite, which is thought to absorb toxins in the gut to reduce the irritation, discomfort, and cramping associated with diarrhea in dogs and cats.
You can buy Endosorb a capsule at a time from VETDirectRX for 40 cents a pill, or get 50 treatments from Amazon.
Activated charcoal is another product to use in the ultimate emergency. It reduces toxic effects through absorption as well, especially when time is critical. Activated charcoal has been around for thousands of years and is used in nearly every culture too right poisoning, among other uses.
Available in powder or tablet form, brand names include Toxin, CharcoAid and Liqui-Charcoal-Vet Aqueous suspension.
Pick one that is certified food grade, all natural and and sourced from Eastern American hardwood trees (not bamboo). Amazon offers one product:
The best way to prepare for dog poisoning?
Prevent dog poisoning.
Keep dangerous materials, medications, chemicals, household cleaners and anything that can be poisonous, out of your Morkie’s reach.
Next, prepare a poisoning kit. You can download the details here. That way you’ll be ready in case you need to get your dog to vomit.
Third, download and fill out this handy reference page, featuring symptoms of dog poisoning along with your Vet’s number and telephone numbers for local emergency clinics, and national hotlines for pet poisoning. Keep this handy, together with the poisoning kit, and keep your Morkie safe.