We’ve all had the times of our pet poking his nose into an area he shouldn’t be. Finding bits of food or substances your pet may have stumbled across is an alarming experience for pet owners, whether it was in the garbage, under the kitchen table, or one of the many other places your canine pal may be able to get through.
So, what do you do if you suspect your four-legged family member has eaten something potentially harmful? Under these cases, we’ve put together a few easy steps to take, as well as what foods or chemicals should be kept out of your pet’s grasp.
Remove all leftovers from your pet’s reach.
When your pet is eating anything he shouldn’t, the first thing you can do is delete whatever your pet is even wanting to eat and remove your pet from the field. Depending on what the pet has consumed, the more he consumes, the worse he will feel. Keep an eye out for any plastics, wrappers, or packaging that may have been consumed or stowed away under a nearby piece of furniture or table.
Look for signs that your pet eats something toxic.
Now that you’ve put an end to your pet’s forbidden eating spree, check to see if what he ingested was risky. The way your pet responds to drinking something he shouldn’t varies depending on the food or material, but pets displaying any of the following signals will alert a pet parent:
- Vomiting or gagging is a condition in which a person vomits or gags
- Breathing problems
- I’m coughing
- Typical personality changes, such as a loss of appetite
- Constipation or diarrhea
Please keep in mind that certain symptoms and responses can take up to 12 hours to manifest or have an impact on your pet’s behaviour. As the day progresses, keep an eye on your pet for any signs of sickness.
Have an appointment with the veterinarian.
When you’re concerned with what your pet might have eaten, the only person to ask is your doctor. The veterinarian’s office will ask you a series of questions and will instruct you about the right course of action in your case. Don’t forget to share:
- Age, breed, and weight of your pet
- What was the meal or object consumed?
- How long ago was it?
- Any vaccination for dogs history
- How high is it?
- Any unusual activity (pacing, shaking, etc.)
If your vet hospital Dubai is closed, they will be able to recommend a local emergency veterinarian. If your veterinarian’s office is closed and their after-hours notice does not list an emergency veterinarian, look for an emergency pet hospital near you and call them.