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Sick Pet? Dog Symptom Diaginosis

If your pet is sick the first thing you want to consider is dog symptom diagnosis. Your dog is vomiting and of course it is three AM Saturday morning in rural Nebraska. Don't panic, There are steps you can take to help your pet. There are many reasons that your pet may be vomiting but the first thing you need to determine is if your pet has gotten into something poisonous like anti freeze.

If you are wondering how your dog could have ingested anti freeze, it is quite common. Many people pour anti freeze in their flush during the winter months to keep it from freezing, if they don't plan to be there. Your pet will lick the bottom of a car radiator or drink from a puddle where a radiator has leaked anti freeze. Many people don't realize the harm this toxic liquid can be to animals and they carelessly leave it around after changing their cars fluids.

The first thing you should do if you are sure that your dog drank anti freeze is to induce vomiting. Only do this if your pet has ingested the poison within two hours and hasn't already vomited. For this you will need hydrogen peroxide.Give your pet one teaspoon for every five pounds he weighs. Do not give more than three teaspoons at one time and only repeat the dose three times spaced over ten minute intervals.

Anti freeze is a highly toxic poison and animals love it because of it's sweet taste. There is only a four hour window for treatment before permanent kidney/liver damage occurs if anti freeze is the culprit. This doesn't mean that you have four hours to get help for your pet. For one thing, you can't be sure when your pet ingested the poison. The longer you wait the higher the chance that your pet will not survive. So, don't hesitate, get up and get going, your pet's life depends on it!

Symptoms of Anti Freeze Poisoning

  • Stumbling as if drunk.
  • Smell of anti freeze on your pet's breath
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive thirst/urination
  • Euphoria/Delirium
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Coma
  • Seizures

It takes less than 3 ounces for a fatal dose in a medium sized dog, less in a smaller pet.

Your vet will do blood work and it will be helpful if you are able to collect any samples of vomit or stool for testing as well. The veterinary may give your pet activated charcoal to prevent further absorption of the poison. Another substance called 4-methylpyrazole treats anti freeze poisoning effectively depending on how soon after poisoning it is given.. Your pet may need to stay and be monitored for and treat kidney failure.

Some pets act as if they are fine and return to normal behavior yet they die within several days due to kidney failure in case of Anti freeze poisoning dog symptom diagnosis is best left to your vet. They are better trained in sick dog symptom checker.

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Thanks for reading Shawn.

  about 1 decade ago

This is great info, thanks!

  about 1 decade ago

Great article, with a lot of information.

  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for reading Alfred.

  about 1 decade ago

Good information to have. Don't want my two Labradors to ever suffer this.

  about 1 decade ago

It does make them very sick Mark. I felt terrible when it happened to my dog. Thankfully, I got him to the vet and he survived but he was a sick boy. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  about 1 decade ago

This happened to our family pet many years back. We were also fortunate and the ole boy survived. He too was a pup when he got into exactly the same situation...drained radiator. Some people don't realize how poisonous anti freeze is or how quick pets are to drink the stuff. I know that I never realized it until that experience. I guess we're all a bit young and naive at some point in our life. Any luck someone will read this and not make the same mistake. Thanks for taking the time to read.

  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the info! Dogs are always getting into things! Just like kids! LOL The anti-freeze poisoning scenario is not pretty! I had it happen to a pup once. An uncovered container after draining the radiator! I learned my lesson! I just used the finger down the throat method and made the pup throw it back up. I was young and dumb way back then. I worked at a dairy and let that little pup drink milk to its heart content. The little guy didn't ever show signs. That pup lived to be 15 years old! She was a great dog for our family! Thanks for sharing!

  about 1 decade ago
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