Dogs bring so much joy into our lives, that it can be hard to see them feeling unwell. Aside from medical conditions, one common reason for a trip to the vets is poisoning. Here at The Insurance Emporium, we receive numerous claims for poisoning every year, so we know that it can be a serious issue! That’s why we’re sharing this helpful guide on the dangers of dog poisoning, how to help prevent it, and what to do if your pet is affected.

Dangers of dog poisoning

Common poisons

There are many common items that can be poisonous to dogs, with some being more obvious than others! These can include food items, such as chocolate, xylitol and grapes; as well as chemicals, like household cleaners and insecticides. Human medications can be harmful to dogs, as can canine medication if they consume too much. For more information on common poisons, the RSPCA website is a great place to look!


The best way to ensure your pup doesn’t fall victim to dog poisoning is to do your best to keep them away from potentially harmful substances. Store any chemicals, medication and foods that aren’t doggie-friendly in high places, or in cupboards or rooms your dog can’t access. Also remember that no matter how many sad puppy eyes they might give you, don’t feed them that triple chocolate brownie!

Dangers of dog poisoning

Symptoms of poisoning

Numerous signs in your dog can be symptomatic of poisoning, including; vomiting, diarrhoea, tiredness, loss of appetite, seizures, bruising, nosebleeds, bloody stool and an irregular heartbeat. In some cases, poisoning can lead to damage to the liver, kidney failure and loss of blood. It’s important to be aware of these signs, especially if you suspect your furry friend has been exposed to something that could be nasty.

What to do

If you notice any combination of the symptoms of dog poisoning, it’s important to seek help from your vet as soon as possible. Monitoring symptoms yourself might delay the important treatment necessary for a dog’s recovery. If you know what substance your dog has come into contact with, take some of it or the packaging with you to the vet, as it could help with their diagnosis.

Dangers of dog poisoning

The most important thing is to act quickly if you suspect your dog has been poisoned, as this could be the best way to ensure recovery. By remaining alert to any potential hazards, you stand a better chance of keeping your furry friend safe from harm! If you’re a dog owner, it might also be wise to consider taking out dog insurance for your canine to help protect them should an accident occur. At The Insurance Emporium, our Dog Insurance policies offer cover for Vet’s Fees up to £8,000*, and you could get up to 30% discount^ off your policy. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!

* Cover for Vet’s Fees up to £8,000 available on lunar and calendar monthly Lifetime Gold policies.

^ The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.    

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