Common substances which can be poisonous and need urgent attention include:
These are some of the less common substances which can be poisonous to our pets:
If you are worried your pet has been exposed to a poisonous substance, please seek advice from your vet or Animal PoisonLine immediately.
Holly (ilex species)
Honeysuckle (lonicera species)
Please do not panic, here are some simple first steps:
Keep all medicines out of reach from pets
Make sure pets can't get to houseplants
Clean up spills of any kind quickly
If you use these products, place them in a narrow tube to avoid others animals getting access to it. Use of slug pellets will be illegal to supply as of April 2021 and illegal to use from April 2022.
Contaminated water can be harmful to pets- check your local authority for any updates on harmful substances and contamination in your local area
All veterinary practices must provide emergency cover to clients and their pets, and they should be your first point of contact. However, some practices may use a different practice or work out of a different building to provide this service. If you are unsure about your own vets out of hours provision, please contact them and ask for their daytime/emergency vets contact details.
*TOP TIP* Keep these contact details handy in case of emergency. If a friend or family member looks after your pet at any time, make sure they have these contact details to hand, as well as the Animal PoisonLine number.
Contact information for the Animal PoisonLine
Animal PoisonLine, run by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), is a UK based 24-hour specialised emergency advice line for pet owners who are worried their pets may have been exposed to something harmful and would like advice on what to do next. Their specialists will advise if an immediate trip to the vets if required. There is a £30 fee for each case. More information can be found at https://www.animalpoisonline.co.uk/.
If you are worried your pet has been poisoned, please call your vet or the Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000 immediately. Please note that the Animal PoisonLine is not a substitute for taking your pet to the vet, as they may need to go for treatment anyway.
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