Poisoned & Emergencies

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If your pet happens to get into something they should not have, learn these steps and follow them in an emergency.

  1. If your pet becomes poisoned try to focus and do not panic.
  2. Quickly remove your pet from the area and secure the area so no other pets or people can get affected/contaminated.
  3. Make sure your pet is acting and feeling normally, check for regular breathing.
  4. Collect a sample of the contaminate in a bag, box, or anything to protect it. Also collect the packaging for the contaminate if available.
  5. If your pet vomited collect a sample, as well as stool sample incase needed later for testing.
  6. DO NOT try and treat your pet with home medicine/remedies, it might be contradictory to your pet’s health!
  7. Call a pet poison hotline (most require a small consultation fee); and be ready with your pets age, sex, species, breed, weight, symptoms, poison (if known), time ingested + duration after ingestion:
    1. Pet Poison Helpline 1-800-213-6680
    2. ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435
    3. Animal Poison Hotline 1-888-232-8870
    4. If an emergency call your local 24 emergency pet clinic
  8. Take your pet to emergency pet center if operators cannot help.


  • If you can call for assistance such as a family member, friend, roommate, or someone else in shouting distance; a second body can be quite helpful.
  • Step 7 and 8 can be interchanged based on your discretion.