I suppose it might depend on what people think of as a poison; which one and how much of it was ingested … Yeah, a dog can survive eating chocolate, depending on the type, amount, and size of the dog. And yeah, with something like chocolate you might get away by inducing vomiting at home. But you still better deal with it before you finish whatever chocolate your dog left or before the end of your favorite show. Isn’t that still a definition of an emergency?
With anything toxic, time is of the essence.
Ideally, your dog gets help before it absorbs into the body. Which in general is under 2 hours of ingestion. The sooner the better. Like right now.
But I didn’t say chocolate, I said poison.
You know, rat bait, snail bait, antifreeze, poisonous mushrooms … poisons. Things where the tiniest amount can kill your dog.
Plus making your dog vomit is not always the best idea.
- Remove your pet from the area.
- Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.
- Do NOT give any home antidotes.
- Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Pet Poison Helpline.
- Call Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.
- If veterinary attention is necessary, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
“Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 for help immediately!” ~Pet Poison Helpline
“Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately.”
It’s an emergency. Period.