Emergency Checklist

The most important thing to remember in a poison-related pet emergency is do not panic. Anxiety and fear will only interfere with your ability to help your pet.

First, collect any material that may have been ingested into a plastic bag or container. This includes any chewed remnants or vomit. Any material you can provide may help your veterinarian and/or toxicologist determine what poison(s) may have been consumed.

Contact your local veterinary specialist and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435). There is a $65 consultation fee for the ASPCA service.

Be ready to provide the following information about the animal(s) involved:

  • species
  • breed
  • age
  • sex
  • weight
  • symptoms
  • agent exposed to (if known)
  • amount of agent involved
  • time since exposure occurred

It is also helpful to have any product packaging or container nearby for reference.

Please note: If your pet is having seizures, unconscious (or losing consciousness), or having difficulty breathing, immediately take your animal to a local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic.

Emergency Kit
Invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet. Please consult your veterinarian as to when to use these first-aid products. In this kit include:

  • your local veterinarian’s contact information
  • a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide (induces vomiting)
  • a large syringe or turkey baster (to help administer hydrogen peroxide)
  • saline eye solution (use to flush eyes exposed to harmful substances)
  • artificial tear gel (use to lubricate eyes after flushing)
  • mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (use to bathe animal after skin contamination)
  • forceps (for removal of stingers)
  • muzzle (protects you against fear-induced biting)
  • can of wet pet food
  • pet carrier