Has Your Dog Been Poisoned? 20 Ways to Tell

How can you tell if your dog has been poisoned, whether that be due to consuming chocolate, rat poison, alcohol or aspirin? There are 20 typical telltale signs.

20 Typical Signs of Poisoning

  • Mouth irritation
  • Swollen mouth or throat
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pale gums
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Muscle tremors
  • Hyperactivity/Weakness
  • Bloody/painful urination or defecation
  • Bleeding from any orifice
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness/Pacing
  • Blindness
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Death

If your dog has any of these symptoms, it is crucial you get your pet to the vet immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-88-426-4435. If you suspect your pet has eaten something toxic, never wait for the symptoms to develop.