1. Confine your pet to prevent self-trauma/injury.
  2. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
  3. Your veterinarian may instruct you to induce vomiting, however, do not induce vomiting unless instructed to.




Clinical signs occur in 6 to 24 hours following ingestion, most commonly within 12 hours

  • Weakness or paralysis (especially in hindlimbs)
  • Stiffness (especially in hindlimbs)
  • Joint pain
  • Uncoordinated or wobbly gait (ataxia)
  • Reluctance to stand
  • Difficulty walking
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pale mucus membranes
  • Blindness (temporary)
  • Tremors


If vomiting is severe, an anti-emetic may be required.Intravenous fluid therapy may be required if vomiting leads to dehydration. Pain relief may be required.


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