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How to Spot Food Poisoning in Your Pet

Did you know your cat can get food poisoning?  Just like people, if they eat under cooked food or get exposed to toxins or bacteria they can get food poisoning. And it is just as unpleasant for them.

Most often pets get food poisoning by eating garbage. They eat decomposing meat, spoiled food, or eat foods that are toxic to them. It is more common for dogs to get food poisoning than cats, as cats tend to be more discriminate about what they eat.


Signs of garbage intoxication

Typically begin within 3 hours of ingestion.  vomiting,

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea which may become bloody
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Signs of endotoxic shock which include depression, hypotension, collapse, either rapid or slow capillary refill time, hypothermia or hyperthermia, and a decrease in urine production.

Signs of botulism

  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Rear limb weakness.

Signs of Penitrem-A toxicity

  • Panting
  • Restlessness
  • Drooling
  • Incoordination
  • Fine muscle tremors of the head and neck which progress to the entire body
  • Tonic spasms
  • Hyperthermia
  • Ataxia (loss of control of body movements)
  • Seizures
  • Death.

If you see any of theses symptoms in your dog you need to call your vet immediately. Failure to treat can lead to permanent damage to your pets health, or death. Often your vet will induce vomiting and perform an activated charcoal gastric lavage. They may also be treated with medication and IV fluids.


**ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center

1-888-4ANI-HELP (1-888-426-4435)


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.