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What is Iron Poisoning?

There are four stages of iron toxicosis, which your dog goes through in the first few hours until six weeks later. The first stage occurs in the first 6 hours, in which your dog goes through gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea. The second stage occurs between 6 and 24 hours when your dog seems to be completely better. Between 12 and 96 hours, stage 3 occurs. This is when the worst of the clinical symptoms occur, such as muscle tremors, bloody diarrhea, rapid heart rate, jaundice, hypotension, seizures, organ damage, shock, and possibly death if it is not treated right away. Up to six weeks later, your dog can develop intestinal strictures and blockages. Even if your dog only shows mild gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea or vomiting), your dog can develop these strictures, so even if your dog shows no signs of distress, it is important to see the veterinarian if you suspect he has ingested a toxic amount of iron.

Although iron is the most common trace mineral in your dog’s body, it is incredibly toxic to the tissues when there is too much in the blood. Iron poisoning is a common occurrence in dogs, and can be fatal if not treated right away. Iron toxicity is not always caused by medication but is also in heating pads, pesticides, fertilizer, and even oxygen absorbers that are found in dried or dehydrated foods. The level of toxicity from iron depends on how much is already in your dog’s blood at the time and how much is ingested. The iron is corrosive to the stomach and intestinal lining, causing bleeding and possibly abdominal perforation.

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Symptoms of Iron Poisoning in Dogs

The iron attacks the liver, nervous system, heart, gastrointestinal and metabolic system because animals are not able to rid the body of excess iron. Your dog’s symptoms vary according to the amount of iron they ingested and how long it has been since ingestion. There are four stages in which the symptoms change:

Stage One (first 6 hours)

  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Pain and swelling in the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Agitation
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Shock
  • Seizure

 Stage Two (6 to24 hours)

  • Symptoms disappear

 Stage Three (12 to 36 hours)

  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Muscle tremors
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Appetite and weight loss
  • Seizures
  • Abdominal pain
  • Organ damage
  • Collapse
  • Death

 Stage Four (4 to 6 weeks)

  • Intestinal blockages from strictures
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Liver damage

Causes of Iron Poisoning in Dogs

There are many ways that your dog can get iron toxicity, but the most common are from multivitamins with iron because they are usually coated with a sugary substance that dogs like. Some of the other common causes are:

  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Fertilizer
  • Oxygen absorbers (little packets inside dried foods and some medications)
  • Hand warmers

Diagnosis of Iron Poisoning in Dogs

The veterinarian will need to know what kind of iron your dog ingested and how much. Give him as much information about your dog as possible, including medical history, vaccination records, previous injuries or illnesses, and changes in behavior or appetite. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical examination, which includes height, weight, body temperature, reflexes, heart rate, and blood pressure. The veterinarian will also do some tests, such as complete blood count (CBC), activated clotting time (ACT), fecal flotation, biochemical blood analysis, and urinalysis. He may also do a radiograph (x-rays), CT scan, and ultrasound.

Treatment of Iron Poisoning in Dogs

The veterinarian will give your dog IV fluids, oxygen therapy, and try to induce vomiting. They may also do a gastric lavage, which is done by pumping saline solution into your dog’s stomach to wash away the iron that has not been absorbed yet. Chelation therapy will also be done with a drug that sticks to the iron and helps it pass through the kidneys with the urine. The veterinarian will probably want to keep your dog for 24 hours for observation to monitor your dog’s kidney and liver function.

Recovery of Iron Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog does not have any symptoms, and you get treatment right away, the prognosis is good. If signs of toxicity are apparent, and you get treatment within the first 12 hours, your dog’s prognosis is guarded, but it is essential to watch for any further symptoms. As a matter of fact, you have to monitor your dog’s health carefully for the next few months because intestinal stricture and blockages are possible even if your dog did not have any symptoms at all. To prevent this from happening again, you should keep all medications and other materials that can be toxic out of the reach of your dog. This includes certain foods, plants, flowers, cleaning products, and many other items.

Iron Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lady
Mutt
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None yet

I’ve been babysitting my grandmas 15 pound mutt, and found this morning she ripped apart an iron pack. It looks like some of it is missing but most the paper and stuff from the packet is still on the floor. Would a small amount swallowed be enough to hurt her??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Iron poisoning can be severe but it is difficult to determine as the amount of elemental iron present versus total iron needs to be determined; I would recommend consulting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side or calling the Pet Poison Helpline for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/iron/

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Archer
Labrador Retriever
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have an 8 month old, 60 lb puppy that has eaten 2 oxygen absorbing packets out of 2 empty dog treat bags. I am not sure of the time because we were at work. We have induced vomiting and he did vomit the packets up, but they were not intact. We also administered milk of magnesia to inhibit the iron absorption. My question is this - can I wait until tomorrow morning to go to my regular vet to get lab work done, or should I take him into the emergency vet clinic. We found the packets at 6pm and it is now 11pm.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most important question is whether this is elemental iron or not; but you should either visit an Emergency Veterinarian or call the Pet Poison Helpline for further assistance; whether you visit an Emergency Veterinarian or call the helpline, this should be treated as an emergency. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/iron/

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Tara
Sheltie
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Our dog grabbed the contents of the grease pan from our grill. I saw a lot of rust and old grease in the pieces I got away from her. She has cleared out her digestive system, but I am worried about the effects of the rust.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to know how much iron was consumed with the rust by Tara; the grease would certainly clear everything out of her gastrointestinal tract but some iron may have been absorbed. If you have concerns, you can ask your Veterinarian for a blood test to determine levels. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brandi and Max
Dachshund
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I believe one of my miniature dachshunds ate a high potency 65mg iron tablet. They aren’t showing any signs yet as it just happened 30 minutes ago. I’m so scared that they will get sick as a result.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In iron tablets or any other product we need to be sure of the amount of elemental iron than the total amount of iron; you didn’t mention how heavy Brandi or Max were so let's assume they weigh around: 5kg or 11lb, this would mean that they consumed 13mg/kg of iron. Thankfully so symptoms are normally seen with ingestion of 20mg/kg or less of elemental iron, you should be concerned if they weigh 3.25kg (7lb) or less as this would put them over 20mg/kg; but you should keep a close eye on the two of them regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM “No clinical signs of toxicosis are expected in dogs ingesting less than 20 mg/kg of elemental iron.” www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/toxicities-from-human-drugs/multivitamins-and-iron-toxicity http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/toxicology-brief-toxicity-iron-essential-element?id=&sk=&date=&pageID=2

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Winni
Labrador
7 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomit

My 7 week old puppy ate a oxygen absorber pack. I did not know this until I found the pack in her vomit. She weighs 13.8 pounds and I want to take action right away. As I have heard these are extremely poisonous.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Winni should be seen by a veterinarian immediately so that they can induce vomiting, give her activated charcoal, and start IV fluids and lab tests. Iron can be quite toxic, and time will be of the essence for her. I hope that she is okay! https://wagwalking.com/condition/iron-poisoning

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Sweetie
husky/collie
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Panting
Panting, nervouse

I adopted a 28 lb very under weight dog 4 months ago. She has been slowly putting on weight and has been greatly improving in appetite energy and and confidence. She been drinking water from a fountain pond that is made from three tiers of iron plow disk which, when it rains turn the water red with iron. I think the acidity of the rain is causing this. It has not rained for over four months. It rained 4 days ago. I did not check the pond & have only added water for some time. Concentrating the iron I imagine. Well the dog has been showing anxiety and fearfulness since then. On the third lost her appetite, slowed to a walk, is sleeping a lot, listless and weak.
Sorry about the long story. Could all that iron have caused this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It sounds like it is possible that the iron is causing this, yes. Iron can cause dramatic anemia, especially with repeated exposures. It would be a good idea to have her seen by your veterinarian and have some blood work checked to see if that is the cause of her signs. If it is, your veterinarian will be able to provide treatment for her. I hope that she is okay!

There is an ingredient in some dog foods (possibly 30-40% of all dog foods) called L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (ROVIMIX STAY-C 35) and it is made by a company in China. This ingredient is synthetic vitamin C and not as good as ordinary vitamin C. This ingredient forms complexes with iron ions that stay in solution at alkaline conditions in the duodenum and will lead to iron poisoning in many dogs, especially smaller dogs. It should be banned. It is man made in lab. It is also prevalent in fish food and the dog should stop drinking this pond water immediately. No pond water and check all dog food for L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate and avoid it and dog will get much better. I have spent a serious amount of time researching this and it is not well known.

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Willow
Mutt
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Hello, do you think if my Dog found one of my
35mg iron pills that could cause a problem? I
dropped 1 on the floor and never found.
My dog weight is 20lbs, just not sure if she found it or not and was worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ingestion of iron at more than 10mg/lb would require induction of vomiting and symptomatic therapy; Willow consumed 1.75mg/lb of iron which is a relatively low amount. Activated charcoal isn’t effective at binding iron, milk of magnesia should be given twice daily during the weekend. If you notice any symptoms or are concerned, you should visit your Veterinarian or consult the Pet Poison Helpline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/iron/ www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/toxicities-from-human-drugs/multivitamins-and-iron-toxicity

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Remington
Border Collie
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Pacing
Whining

My 6 month old puppy ate a oxygen absorber packet from an old beef jerky dog treat bag. I’m not sure how much he ate or how long ago due to not being home for quite a few hours. I called my vet after i did the magnet test (it was iron). She said to I could induce vomiting myself or bring him in, but that the amount probably wasn’t enough to due any damage. I’m watching for any neurological signs along with vomiting. I couldn’t induce vomiting earlier after trying multiple times. Do you think he’ll be okay? It’s been at least 7 hours since I found the packet and attempted to induce vomiting. He’s been acting normal, and we just went outside to play and now he seems tired, restless, and whiny.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically dogs below 15lb in weight are more likely to show symptoms of toxicity compared with larger dogs, but symptoms may take up to five days to present; according to the Pet Poison Helpline: “vomiting is such a common finding that if a dog does not vomit, it’s probable that a toxic dose was not ingested” I would keep an eye out for symptoms listed on our page and if you have further concerns call your Veterinarian or consult the Pet Poison Helpline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-safety-tips/packaging-freshness-packets-really-toxic-dogs/

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Kuma
Shiba Inu
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

Medication Used

None

My dog tore up one of those iron oxygen absorbing packets 12 hours ago. It looked like he either ate half a dime size of the packet contents. I've done my research and magnet test and the packet was iron.
We have been monitoring him since. He hasnt vomited, he has had his normal appetite and water intake. He's not lethargic. There really is no symptom. I called my vet (I live in Japan) and he said there was no reason to bring him in if he has no symptoms and of course to call if there are any that pop up.
Since it's been 12 hours, do you think he's in the clear? My vet has never given my reason to concern but I'm just so worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually the symptoms of poisoning from this type of iron present within six to ten hours after being consumed. It would be best to keep a very close eye on Kuma as ingestion can lead to complications and death. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Meant to say that he either just chewed the packet or did eat a small amount.
Either way, how long do you think I should keep a close eye on him for symptoms?

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Janeu
Collie mix
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

My dog got a hold of one of those heat patches; I heard her, so I think she just got it torn open. If she shows no symptoms in the first 6 hours, can we assume that she didn't actually ingest any or enough to make her sick?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If she had ingested any, the symptoms would normally come in two main waves with the first one starting to show symptoms between six and ten hours after ingestion and would last around 12 hours. Keep an eye on her, but if you have concerns, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoie
Shitzu-poodle mutt
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Heaving
Soft stool
Loss of Appetite

What if I am not sure if my dog ate some iron from the deoxidizer packet?
She has had pancreatitis this past year.
She only has boiled chicken, soft grain free low fat dog food, or Blue healthy weight food.
She plays, but not a lot, is still very happy, and walked 2 blocks without any trouble.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Zoie has eaten the contents of an deoxidiser packet, visit your Veterinarian immediately for supportive care to help Zoie excrete the ingested iron. If ingested within two or three hours the induction of vomiting can help, but I think that timeline has passed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello, do you think if my Dog found one of my 35mg iron pills that could cause a problem? I dropped 1 on the floor and never found it.

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