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What is Nicotine Poisoning?

Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco (snuff) are all dangerous to your dog as well as to humans. In fact, even cigarette butts can be deadly to your dog if he eats enough of them. Since it is the filter that holds all of the nicotine, cigarette butts hold just as much nicotine as the whole cigarette, so it is important to pick up cigarette butts and dispose of them in the trash. With the discovery of nicotine gum, electronic cigarettes, and other aids to help people quit smoking, the amount of nicotine poisoning episodes has risen quite a bit. Reports of accidental nicotine poisonings have gone from 269 in 2011 to 1,212 in 2013 according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The good flavors and the high content of the drug in e-cigarette liquid are suspected to be the culprits of this resurgence in reported poisonings. It may not help that those who use the e-cigarettes and liquid refills consider them to be relatively safe, leaving them unattended within reach of their dog. Unfortunately, the nicotine is readily absorbed through the skin as well as the lungs and gastrointestinal system, making it a highly toxic danger to your dog. Although it may be slowed by the acids in your dog’s stomach, the absorption will eventually be absorbed by the intestines and liver, making the removal more difficult once it reaches the bloodstream. The kidneys are only able to excrete approximately 2% to 35% depending on the amount of urination. It only takes about four milligrams of nicotine per pound of body weight to be fatal. This means less than a teaspoon of liquid nicotine or one cigarette can be fatal in a small dog, so it is important to go to the veterinarian or animal hospital if you believe your dog has ingested any nicotine at all.

Although nicotine is a common form of toxin to animals, it is not reported often. However, the central nervous system damage that is caused by nicotine can be extremely serious, and possibly lethal if not treated soon enough. Since the body absorbs nicotine rapidly, within 15 minutes, your dog can have a cardiac episode or collapse. In fact, without treatment, your dog could have complete paralysis of the muscles, including the lungs, causing respiratory failure. Even with a small amount of nicotine, your dog can become ill and vomit, which helps in removing the toxin. However, even if your dog seems better after vomiting, you should visit your veterinarian to check for underlying damage to the heart or central nervous system. Never give your dog antacids to help with poisoning because the acid in the stomach helps slow the absorption of the toxin so it can be evacuated without causing as much damage. Your veterinarian will likely give your dog IV fluids and monitor his heart for a while to be sure he is out of danger.

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Symptoms of Nicotine Poisoning in Dogs

You may not notice any signs that your dog ingested nicotine besides nervousness and stomach upset, which is sometimes mistaken for a virus or other illness. However, if your dog has ingested enough nicotine to cause symptoms, it is likely a life-threatening emergency, and it is important to get your dog to the veterinarian or emergency clinic right away. Signs of nicotine poisoning vary depending on the amount your dog has ingested, but the most common signs are:

  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Auditory and visual disturbances (hallucinations)
  • Collapse
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Extreme excitement
  • Drooling (hypersalivation)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Hyperthermia
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Incoordination
  • Paralysis
  • Slow and shallow breathing
  • Fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
  • Tremors
  • Twitching
  • Vomiting
  • Weak and irregular pulse
  • Weakness

Causes of Nicotine Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of nicotine poisoning in your dog is the ingestion of any of these items that contain nicotine:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • E-cigarettes and e-cigarette liquids and cartridges
  • Hand rolling tobacco
  • Nicotine gum
  • Nicotine lozenges
  • Nicotine mouth sprays
  • Nicotine patches
  • Pipes and pipe tobacco

Your dog can also get nicotine poisoning from breathing or ingesting pesticides that contain nicotine.

Diagnosis of Nicotine Poisoning in Dogs

Diagnosis of nicotine poisoning can be difficult if you do not know that your dog has ingested nicotine because the symptoms can mimic so many other diseases and disorders. Some of these include intoxication from organophosphates, strychnine, mycotoxins, and depressants. If you did not see your dog ingest the nicotine, but you or a family member have nicotine products, be sure to let the veterinarian know so he can do a quick blood and urine chemical test to determine if that is the problem. The sooner the diagnosis is made, the better, because prompt treatment is essential to your dog’s recovery. The veterinarian will do a complete physical examination to check blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, oxygen level, reflexes, weight, and body temperature. An electrocardiogram (ECG) may be done to assess your dog’s electrical and muscular heart functioning.

Other laboratory tests that can help with diagnosis are complete blood count (CBC), blood gas, blood spectrophotometry (to check the chemical level with light absorption), urinalysis, stool sample, and electrolyte profile. Some images will be needed, such as x-rays, MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound. These can help the veterinarian determine how much of the nicotine has been absorbed, how much remains, and if there is any damage to the vital organs.

Treatment of Nicotine Poisoning in Dogs

Treatment depends on the amount of nicotine ingested, how long ago it was ingested, and how much still remains unabsorbed. If it has been less than four hours, there is a chance to stop any damage from being done to your dog’s central nervous system, heart, liver, kidneys, and brain. The veterinarian will induce vomiting or perform a gastric lavage to empty the stomach as much as possible before administering activated charcoal. The charcoal actually sticks to the nicotine and keeps it from causing any more damage on its way through your dog’s system. IV fluids and oxygen therapy will be started, medication for blood pressure and seizures can also be given. The veterinarian will keep your dog overnight for observation, continuing to monitor heart activity, blood pressure, and renal activity.

Recovery of Nicotine Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog gets treatment right away (in less than four hours), the chance for recovery is good. However, if your dog consumed a lethal dose of nicotine, there may be nothing the veterinarian can do except provide palliative care and make your dog as comfortable as possible in the time he has left. You can make sure this never happens again by keeping cigarettes and anything else containing nicotine out of your dog’s reach. This includes ashtrays and cigarette butts as well.

Nicotine Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Missy
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
4 Months
Mild condition
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Sleepy or kinda drunk looking

My 4 month old 17lb.puppy ate a small amount of tobacco out of a small white owl cigar. She was fine for about 45 minutes then she started acting very calm and sleepy.Should I be worried?

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Marley
German Shepherd
4 Months
Fair condition
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Hello I'm first time mom and I believe that Marley may have gotten a small amount of snuff, she's acting her normal self should I be worried? It wasn't much that she ate but the cardboard on the can was wipes clean I found most of it on her bed and in my shoe her breath don't even smell like it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nicotine poisoning normally presents with symptoms rapidly as the nicotine is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream; if Marley isn’t showing any symptoms you should ensure that she is hydrated and give activated charcoal to absorb anything still in the stomach. Nicotine can be dangerous for the heart, liver and kidneys so keep a close eye on her. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 4 month old puppy got into my boyfriends snuff she puked a lot and drank some water but now she is seizing can’t walk straight she acts like she is blind what can I do for her all the vets here are not in on sundays

Be careful with nicotine patches . I care for dogs and yesterday I noticed one of rhwm begin to freak out and was not herself. She was breathing hard, so excited, acring scared and shaking. It wasn't until later in the evening I even realized what was wrong with her. Thank God she snapped out of it.

Hi I think my dog my have ingested a cigarette how long would it take for me to see the symposium it has been about half an hour to an hour now

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Leia
Siberian Husky
3 Months
Fair condition
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So my 3 month old siberian husky puppy got to the garbage bag and took out a cigarette butt. I was in the other room, no kne saw her do it. When I came out I saw her chewing it and there was spme tobacco on the floor, I rushed at her took the cigarette butt out of her mouth. I don’t know if she ate any cigarette butts. She definitely ate some tobacco though. She didn’t vomit or anything. Her respiratory rate fluxuates between 24-28 breaths per minute, which I believe is normal. She seems a little calm than usual. I feel like it’s because all of our family members are kinda cold and it translates to her as well, because we are quite chill all day. I mean she eats and drinks and everything. My only concern is that I don’t know if she ate some or not. She seems kind of tired all. I also think that I scared her as well when I rushed at her to take the cigarette butt. I also called my vet after 5-10 mind after the incident and he said not to worry about it. I still do. It’s been 12 hours since.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nicotine is rapidly absorbed by the body so if there were going to be any issues it would have happened within an hour or two of consumption; that being said, you should just keep an eye on her for tremors, incoordination and weakness. If she shows signs of any of the symptoms listed on this page visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/nicotine/

I think she’s fine. Later yesterday I thought she was moody, got scared she might have had problems with balance and weakness but then she started running around and playing. Didn’t notice any tremors. It was our bedtime. We played for 1-2 hours and then she fell asleep. This morning, she has no diarrhea or anything. Seems fine. Thank you.

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Daisy
Beagle
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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none

My puppy ate a piece of nicotine gum. I induced vomiting with a lottery peroxide within 15-20 minutes. Should I be worried? She seem fine now being a little more than an hour.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nicotine is readily absorbed by the body especially in the form of gum, however some nicotine gum also contains xylitol which is also toxic for dogs; you should monitor Daisy for any symptoms listed on this page or signs of lethargy (due to xylitol poisoning) but it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side especially if she didn’t bring up the gum. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Riley
German Sheprador
10 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

nothing

I think my dog my have injested a cigarette but I can’t see any of the symptom she looks fine what should I do I think she injested it about 1 hour ago what should I do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Riley ingested the cigarette less than two hours ago, you could induce vomiting but the problem with nicotine is that it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. You should keep a close eye on Riley but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian if you have concerns or if she starts showing any symptoms of nicotine poisoning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog ate some 3%vape juice is she going to be okay and how can we treat her

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Kaos
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
8 Months
Fair condition
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Lethargy

My 8 month old puppy got anhokd of a pack of my cigarettes. I think he only ate maybe 2 of them. He isn't acting like his normal self. He is usually really hyper and now he is just laying in a corner. I don't have money for a vet right now but I'm extremely worried about him. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally symptoms of nicotine poisoning would present within one or two hours; vomiting, tremors and rapid heart rate are normally seen. Whilst I understand that you do not have money for a Veterinarian it is important to have an examination to check the heart. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/nicotine/

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Liam
Pit
8 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog ingested cigarettes. There were approximately 10 to 12 cigarettes in the package and when I found him with them only 4 remained untouched. There was some tobacco from the cigarettes on the floor so I am unsure how much he consumed but from the looks of things he at least ate 8 of them completely. This happened about 45 minutes ago and he has already thrown up. It's been about 10 minutes since he threw up but he seems to be acting fine now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that Liam has vomited the cigarettes up, but I would still recommend visiting your Veterinarian for additional therapy (activated charcoal etc…). Nicotine stimulates with nervous system which makes it addictive for people. Liam should be fine, but again I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Darcy
Shepherd mix
7 Months
Fair condition
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none

My puppy may have eaten a cigarette, my brothers friend said he left a pack at our house but didn’t know where and it had one cigarette left in it, I found the empty pack outside with teeth marks on it. She is 30 lbs she hasn’t been acting differently at all and I’m not sure if or when she consumed it, it could have been a few days ago but is there anything I should do or watch out for? Do I need to take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this case you should keep a close eye on Darcy and monitor her for symptoms listed on this page, if at any time you have concerns or you notice symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/nicotine/

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Maggie
English Bulldog
10 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomited once

I had a 10ml tube filled with e juice and it seemed the dog chewed up the bottle and ate some, however some was on the floor as well. Shortly after she vomited and seems to be acting fine. Since it was only 10 ml of a 60ml bottle that is is 6mg nicotine will she be okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Symptoms of nicotine poisoning present very quickly with onset generally between ten minutes and an hour; if Maggie isn’t showing any signs, she’ll probably be alright but it is best to keep an eye on her and visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/nicotine/ www.petpoisonhelpline.com/uncategorized/e-cigarettes-pets-mix/

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Yogi
Cavapoo
1 Year
Serious condition
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I am traveling with 1 year old cavapoodle at the moment and he got into my dads cigarette box and ate a cigarette a day ago. I had no idea he ate it or how many he ate so I couldn't induce vomiting. He did begin to vomit 4 hours later but the cigarette did not come up. The next day I found the whole cigarette in his stool as he didn't chew it. Now his symptoms are vomiting and liquid diarrhea. The stool is liquid and bloody. He's not exhibiting behavioral changes, he was acting normal during the day and eating normally which is why I thought he is fine. I am super worried because I have to fly home and I don't know if he will be able to travel without having to go to the bathroom. What should I do? Should I go to a vet and reschedule my flight? Is there any over the counter medicine I could give him just to tie him over for the flight?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the effects of nicotine on the cardiovascular system and nervous system I would strongly recommend that you visit a Veterinarian for a once over before flying since flying is a stressful experience in itself without any other unnecessary risks. Normally poisoning symptoms present within half an hour after ingestion, but since you’re flying you should play it safe. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/nicotine/

My dog ate vape juice that is 3% nicotine how can I treat her and will she be okay

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lowla
Golden Retriever
6 Months
Serious condition
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Paralysis
hallucinations
Cant Move Legs
low heart rate
Big pupils

My 6 month old dog might have ate a cigarette butt. We walked her early this morning like at five thirty.. It was dark but I could tell she was chewing on something like she usually does. She usually spits it out but now Im thinking she ate it. She got home moaned and collapsed. She couldn't move her legs and was acting like she was drunk and high. Her pupils were big and every voice scared her. She is at the vet but we don't know what she ate.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I hope that Lowla is okay. WIthout knowing what she might have eaten, you did the right thing having her seen by your veterinarian, and they will be able to monitor her and give her any medications that she might need.

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i have a puppy who is 5 months and he ate tobacco i dont know how much and it was around 10pm and now he is vomiting and breathing hard dry nose not drinking water.

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Nova
Labrador Husky
6 Months
Fair condition
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no symptons

what do i do my puppy ate 6 cigs and nothing is happing so far what do i do i'm worried!She ate the whole box i think it's been at least an hour and nothing is happining.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about how much Nova weighs, and whether she ate 6 cigarettes or a pack, I'm not sure if she has a problem or not. Nicotine toxicity in dogs can make them very jittery, with an elevated heart rate, so if you notice that she is seeming abnormal and can't settle, or is panting, or restless, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, so that they care give supportive care.

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Wade
Borgi
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

none

My 10 week old pup ate about 3/4 of a cigarette not including the butt. I gave him a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting and he threw up a ton. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Wade brought up everything when he vomited and you induced vomiting fairly quickly then you shouldn’t have much much to worry about; keep an eye on him for now and monitor for any symptoms listed on this page. If you notice some symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cricket
scottish terrier mix
6 Months
Serious condition
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vomiting not eating disorientated

my six month old puppy may have eaten some tobacoo couple day's ago she was down for 24 HOUR'S she is drinking a lot of fluids but not eating is still active and wants to play a little what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nicotine poisoning can be severe in dogs depending on the quantity consumed. Nicotine works by stimulating the nervous system which is what makes it addictive for people who smoke. There are many symptoms of nicotine poisoning including vomiting, tremors, weakness, lethargy, increased heart rate and seizures; generally once nicotine is consumed, a visit to a Veterinarian within three or four hours is required to initiate vomiting and to start supportive therapy, after 24 hours any treatment would be symptomatic based on any symptoms Cricket presents. Usually nicotine poisoning is an inpatient case with fluids being administered; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check Cricket over as nicotine may cause lasting damage to his organs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Both of my puppies (Ballack (3-4months) and Molly 10 months), though to be honest ballack had gotten ahold of my husbands cigarettes but when I caught them neither of them seemed interested in the mess theyad and we're playing. The cigarettes were hidden and I am not sure how he or she found themy but the package was ripped apart.

Neither of them seem out of character; molly was the firsr and only one to puke but she had taken her monthly pill earlier today and that is her reaction to it.

I would bring them to vet but at the moment we have no money until this coming up week. What should I do?

Thank you

Dr. Turner, this article, and the information you are giving out, is very misleading. In the instances where pets have consumed cigarettes it is most likely the other toxic chemicals in them that is affecting the animals and NOT the nicotine. I am Blackfoot-Cree native and was taught by my grandfather, father, and other relatives about the many uses of tobacco and nicotine derived from tobacco, as well as other plants that contain nicotine. One of which is as a pesticide, including flea treatment for pets.
In proper doses nicotine is a very effective flea treatment and also works very effectively against many other insects such as mosquitoes, spiders, ticks, etc...
Manufacturers of flea treatments, including Bayer Pet, are actually using a synthetic nicotine called imidacloprid in their highly effective treatments.
Perhaps you could do some research on this subject in order to more adequately inform your readers on the real effects of nicotine and also the benefits.

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Eevee
Sheltie
14 Months
Mild condition
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Dizzy
Stool appeared normL
Pooped in the house unexpectedly
Woozy
Tired
Normal stool
Off balance

Medication Used

Trifexis

My dog was acting woozy and off balance. She was kind of twitching and moving strangely while laying down trying to get comfortable. She also seemed really tired. I did not know what it could be at first but now realize she may have been exposed to a low level nicotine e cigarette juice. I can’t imagine how much she could have possibly ingested either some errant drip she licked up or possibly licked a rag we used to wipe up a spill of e juice? But she is only ten pounds and that’s my best theory because at 9:30 am she was fine and I suddenly noticed her symptoms at 11:30 am. It is now 5 pm and she seems a lot better if perhaps a bit worn out... Given that so much time has passed and she seems much better, would the vet really be able to prevent any further damage to her organs or has it likely already ran its course? Thanks so much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with e-cigarettes is that the liquid used in them can have a variety of different chemicals in them which may be as harmful as the nicotine; however, for the possible nicotine poisoning it is too late to do most normal therapy (induce vomiting, activated charcoal etc…) but you should ensure that Eevee is kept hydrated. I would advise that you visit your Veterinarian since you’re not 100% sure that it is from the e-cigarette and we want to ensure we have no surprises. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/nicotine/

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Jodie
bull mastiff, bull arab and wolf hound x
5 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My dog ate some cigarette what should I do he isn't acting different I dont know how many he ate can u help me is they something's at home I can give him to make ok help me I dont know what to do his vet is closed so I can't call them

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many dogs which consume cigarettes or other nicotine products will vomit up the cigarettes helping the problem; administration of 3% hydrogen peroxide will induce vomiting if consumed with the last hour. It is very important to check Jodie for neurological symptoms as nicotine is rapidly absorbed into the body; if you notice any tremors, weakness or you feel a rapid or abnormal heart rate you should take her to an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mya
Boxer
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

slight drooling
Twitching

Hello, my dog has eaten from a pack of cigarettes. I'm not sure how many she's gotten into, but she showed no signs of symptoms for 24 hours and is still not showing any symptoms. she is eating and playing normally and also sleeping normally but I just saw a bit of drool as she was sleeping and her body twitched. she usually twitches in her sleep as she dreams but I'm still concerned

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nicotine poisoning can be severe in dogs depending on the quantity consumed. Nicotine works by stimulating the nervous system which is what makes it addictive for people who smoke. Generally after consuming nicotine, dogs will normally vomit but not always; usually a visit to your Veterinarian to induce vomiting or to induce vomiting at home using hydrogen peroxide is done within four hours of ingestion, after this time treatment is supportive of any symptoms that may present. The symptoms of poisoning which may occur 24 hours after ingestion include tremors, weakness, lethargy, increased heart rate and seizures; it would be best to keep a close eye on Mya for a few days and rush her to your Veterinarian if you notice any of the above symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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