In spite of your best efforts to keep your pet safe, you may find yourself in a situation where your pet has been poisoned. It can be from something they ate that was poisonous or came in contact with an animal or insect that is poisonous such as a snake. When this happens, our veterinarians want you to immediately bring your pet to Anza Animal Clinic in Westlake Village for veterinary treatment.
Common Poisons Encountered by Pets in Thousand Oaks, Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake
There are many potentially dangers foods, chemicals, insecticides and plants in and around Agoura Hills, Lake Sherwood and Newbury Park home can be hazardous to dogs and cats. In addition, if you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake, look for puncture wounds. Snake bites are considered an emergency veterinary situation.
Foods that Should Be Kept Away from Dogs and Cats
Pets should not be allowed to eat unbaked, leavened bread, grapes, anything with caffeine in it, chocolate, garlic, onions, salt, nuts and mushrooms as well as many other types of common human foods.
All human and pet medications should be kept in locked drawers or cabinets where your pet cannot reach them. Hazardous medications include flea and tick medicines, allergy meds, antidepressants, pain medications and anti-inflammatories.
Hazardous chemicals, including oil, antifreeze, cleaning chemicals, laundry detergent, pesticides and insecticides, should be kept in sealed containers behind locked cabinet doors or in areas that your pets cannot reach.
Snake bites can be lethal to dogs, cats and humans. If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake, try to identify the snake by its markings. In general, the snake will be striped, banded, patterned, patternless or have rattlers. The most common type of venomous snake in California is the rattlesnake, and there are six species, including the Mojave, Red Diamond, Sidewinder, Speckled, Southern Pacific and the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.
Poison Control Treatments with Our Veterinarians
If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous food, plant, chemical or medication, you should try to determine the type of poison your pet ate. This can be accomplished by looking for torn or chewed packing or bits of the item leftover from your pet’s foraging. Once you find the evidence, put it in a plastic bag and bring the bag along with your pet to our animal clinic. This will help our veterinarians determine the best poison control treatment, which may include poison neutralizing medications, IV fluids and monitoring.
If your pet was bitten by a rattlesnake, our animal hospital doctors will need treatment from our veterinarians, serving Thousand Oaks, Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake. Treatment may include monitoring, IV fluids, cleaning and shaving of the bite wound, immobilization and/or anti-venom.
To schedule an appointment at our animal clinic, call us at (805) 495-1059. When you schedule your appointment, ask us about our 25% off first exams for all new patients. We are also offering $20 off for referrals to our animal clinic.