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If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to a poison, don't panic! "Rapid response is important," says Richardson, "but panicking generally interferes with the process of helping your animal."
For round-the-clock emergency assistance, call the APCC's hotline at 1-888-4ANI-HELP. Be ready to provide your name, address and phone number; information concerning the poison your pet was exposed to, such as the amount ingested, if known, and the time since exposure; your pet's species, breed, age, sex and weight; and the problems your pet is experiencing.
However, if your pet is seizuring, unconscious or losing consciousness, or having difficulty breathing, contact your veterinarian immediately. Most vets are familiar with the APCC's consulting services; depending on the situation, your vet may want to contact the APCC personally while you bring your pet to the animal hospital. Do not attempt any therapy without contacting the APCC or your vet.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the APCC's veterinarians are on call to quickly answer your questions about toxic chemicals, dangerous plants and substances commonly found in our homes or the environment that can be poisonous to animals. For more information, visit http://www.apcc.aspca.org.