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Emergency Problems and Toxicities

Many pet owners don’t realize that common household cleaners, foods, plants and medications can be harmful to cats and dogs.

Should your pet come in contact with a possible toxin, first take a quick survey of the potential poisons around you and bring any packaging or product descriptions with you to the veterinarian to expedite the diagnostic process. Additionally, monitor your pet’s behavior including seizures, vomiting, lethargy, painful movement, breathing and muscle tremors.

The next step is to CALL:


The most important thing to remember when dealing with an emergency situation is to remain calm. Not only will that help you provide accurate information, it will also help keep your pet calm.

Listed below are some of the most common toxins. While this list does not encompass every toxin, it is a good guide. Do not attempt to induce vomiting at home or self-administer any remedies unless directed by a veterinarian.


  • Chocolate

    Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which is similar to caffeine.

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  • Garlic, Onions, Leeks, Chives

    Toxic to both cats and dogs 

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  • Marijuana

    This is the most frequent intoxicant that we see. Canine patients will readily ingest baked goods, joints, or get into a stash.

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  • Moldy Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Moldy Bread

    Moldy walnuts is a common intoxicant during the moist weather months in the North Valley.

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  • NSAIDS, Ibuprofen

    Ibuprofen is highly toxic to cats and dogs.

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  • Raisins, Grapes, Currants

    These produce an unknown toxin.

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  • Rodenticides

    Rodenticides contain anticoagulants which inhibit blood from clotting.

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  • Salmon Poisoning

    This is not a true toxicity.

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  • SnailBait

    This is a common toxicity especially seen in the spring and summer

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  • Xylitol

    This is an artificial sweetener

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