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This article is from the Canine Medical Information FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.

43 Poisons

If you need to _induce_ vomiting, first make sure that it's
appropriate to do so. Don't induce vomiting
* more than two hours after ingesting problematic substance
* when the substance is an acid, alkali, solvent, or petroleum
product, as it will do as much damage on the way up as it did the
way down
* when dog is comatose or very depressed

To induce vomiting:
* 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide per 30lbs body weight; give once,
repeat after ten minutes; don't administer more than three times;
some dogs will drool and look miserable before vomiting
* 1 teaspoon syrup of Ipecac per 10lbs body weight; works quickly
* 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt placed far back on the tongue or dissolved
in 1 oz water; do _not_ repeat dosage; dry mustard powder (s ame
instructions) may be substituted

Local Poison Control Centers

Check the emergency room of the local hospital and ask for the number
of the local Poison Control Center. You should have this number up on
the refrigerator alongside the vet's number and the emergency care

National Animal Poison Control Center

The National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) provides a 24-hour
emergency hotline that every dog owner should keep in plain sight. The
hotline numbers are (800)548-2423 and (900)680-0000. The 800 number
requires a credit card number and charges a flat $30; the 900 number
is $2.95 per minute for a maximum of $30.

The NAPCC is a non-profit service of the University of Illinois and is
the first animal-oriented poison center in the United States. Since
1978, it has provided advice to animal owners and conferred with
veterinarians about poisoning exposures. The NAPCC's phones are
answered by licensed veterinarians and board-certified veterinary
toxicologists. They have specialized information that lets the
experienced NAPCC staff make specific recommendations for your
animals; plus over 250,000 records are in their database.

When you call, be ready to provide:
* Your name, address, and phone number;
* If calling the 800 number, your credit card number;
* The species, breed, age, sex, weight, and number of animals
* The poison your animals have been exposed to, if known;
* Information concerning the poisoning (the amount of poison, the
time since exposure, etc.); and
* The problems your animals are experiencing.

Household products and plants are the most common culprits in
poisoning cases. In the case of poisoning from household products,
many companies cover the costs the pet owners incur when it has been
determined that their product is responsible for the reaction.

For further information, write to: The American Humane Association, 63
Inverness Drive East, Englewood, CO 80112-5117, or call (303)


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