General information on Garbage Poisoning
It is not uncommon for a dog to scavenge and eat things out of the garbage. Sometimes, the garbage is very old and the food is decomposing. When this happens, it is not uncommon for the garbage to have endotoxins. Endotoxins are produced by different types of bacteria and molds, and, if ingested, can be poisonous. Should a dog ingest these endotoxins, the symptoms of the garbage poisoning appear with in the first one to seven hours of the ingestion. Severe cases of garbage poisoning can lead to death.
Symptoms of Garbage Poisoning
Some of the symptoms of garbage poisoning may be: pain in the abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, dehydration, fever, endotoxic shock, depression, bad breath, collapse, hypertension, hypo- or hyperthermia, decreased urine, and death.
Treatments for Garbage Poisoning
The treatment for garbage poisoning is dependent on whether or not the act was witnesses. Should one witness the dog ingesting garbage, vomiting should be induced immediately. Then the dog should be taken to a veterinarian. If the symptoms are seen, but the garbage ingestion was not witnessed, then the dog should be taken to a veterinarian. A veterinarian may recommend liquid Pepto-Bismol twice per day for two days. It is important to make sure that the affected dog remains hydrated.
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