San Francisco Pet Poison Control

What to Do if Your San Francisco Pet Ate Something Poisonous

If you are concerned that your pet may have ingested a possible toxin, we recommend calling the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for specific information about the potential toxin. (There is a nominal fee for their services, payable by credit card.)

If ASPCA Poison Control instructs you to bring your pet to the hospital for treatment, they will provide you with a case number that will allow our veterinarians to contact them for further information about treatment. Please bring this case number with you to our hospital.

Symptoms of a San Francisco Dog or Cat That Has Been Poisoned

The symptoms of a poisoned pet depend on the type of poison he or she is exposed to. Signs of illness may:

  • Vomiting (especially urgent bouts in cats)
  • Unsteady gain
  • Drooling
  • Heavy breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Blood in the stool or other unexplained bleeding
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bruising
  • Nosebleeds
  • Irregular heartbeat

Learn More to Protect Your San Francisco Pet Against Poisoning

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is a great resource both for prevention and help if your pet has ingested a poison. It’s also a good idea to become familiar with common cat and dog poisons. Some of the most dangerous pet poisons are foods and medications we take on a daily basis.

Learn how to pet proof your home, since the best way to protect your pet is to prevent exposure to dangerous substances. Pet WebMD offers these suggestions:

  • Keep all medications, even those in childproof bottles, in cabinets that are inaccessible to your pet. If you inadvertently drop a pill on the floor, be sure to look for it immediately.
  • Always follow guidelines on flea or tick products.
  • Although you can safely give some “people foods” to your pet as a treat, others are toxic. If you have any questions about what is safe, ask your veterinarian. Or, err on the safe side and give treats made specifically for animals.
  • Be sure any rodenticides you use are kept in metal cabinets or high on shelves where your pets can’t find them. Remember that pets can be fatally poisoned by eating an exposed rodent, so always be very cautious about using these products.
  • When buying plants for your home, opt for those that won’t cause problems if your cat or dog nibbles on them. The ASPCA has an online list of toxic and nontoxic plants by species. If you choose to have toxic plants, be sure they are kept in a place where your animals can’t reach them.
  • Store all chemicals and cleaners in pet-inaccessible areas of your home.

Many pet poisonings are emergencies, so we urge you to act quickly. Remember, we are here 27/7/365 days a year to help.