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What is Pesticides Poisoning?

Pesticides are either chemical or natural substances that are produced naturally or scientifically to kill pests. These agents are created to attract, entice, and then kill unwanted predators or substances. These biocides are used to kill a variety of unwanted bugs, plants, fungi, rodents, larvae, and bacteria. Unfortunately, pesticides are prevalent; they are found in a variety of places such as in homes, garages, on farms, in sheds, in the yard, and on plants. Pesticides should not be used outdoors when the dog is present, as this is one way poisoning can occur.

If the dog has come into contact with a very small amount of pesticide, such as a whiff of spray from a spray can, general irritation may occur and may not be a cause for alarm. However, if the dog is showing any signs of distress or if you know that your dog has ingested a form of pesticide, it is imperative to get him to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Pesticides poisoning in dogs transpires as a result of consuming or inhaling various forms of pesticides. Pesticide poisoning in dogs is not uncommon, namely because pesticides are readily used in and around the home or in public areas.

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Symptoms of Pesticides Poisoning in Dogs

Since there are many types of pesticides, there are a wide variety of symptoms due to poisoning. Symptoms of pesticide poisoning in dogs include:

  • Vomiting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Distress
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Confusion
  • Excessive drinking 
  • Pawing at the face or eyes
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Lethargy
  • Tremors
  • Skin irritations
  • Skin rashes
  • Burns
  • Seizures
  • Arrhythmia
  • Collapse
  • Coma
  • Death

Types

There are many types of pesticides, and these poisons are characterized by the types and usage. Types of pesticides are:

  • Herbicides, used to kill unwanted plants or vegetation
  • Insecticides, used to kill insects
  • Rodenticides, used to kill rats and mice
  • Fungicides, used to kill fungi
  • Bactericides, such as disinfectants or antiseptics to kill bacteria
  • Larvicides, used to kill mosquitoes or larvae
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Causes of Pesticides Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of pesticide poisoning in dogs is from the ingestion or inhalation of a specific type of pesticide. Pesticide poisoning negatively affects the dog by:

  • Adversely affecting the central nervous system
  • Inhibiting central nervous system enzymes
  • Causing chemical burns on the skin, and the mouth, or in the eyes
  • Adversely affecting enzymes of other organ systems, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys
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Diagnosis of Pesticides Poisoning in Dogs

If you suspect your dog has come into contact with a pesticide, immediately take him to the veterinarian. It is important to communicate with your veterinarian about your dog’s history of contact with any pesticide, even if you are not positive that he ingested or inhaled any of the compound. Even if you suspect any contact, the veterinarian will have more of an idea on what to do in terms of diagnosing and treating your companion.

The veterinarian will do a complete examination including any blood work, urinalysis, and a biochemistry profile. The biochemistry profile will be used to evaluate the functions of your dog’s kidney, pancreas, sugar processes, and liver. Another very important part of evaluating your dog will be the careful monitoring of his clinical signs. The veterinarian will also test your dog’s electrolyte levels to be sure the poisoning is not dehydrating him or causing an electrolyte balance abnormality.

If you are completely sure that your dog ingested a type of pesticide, your veterinarian may choose to begin treatment immediately as he is waiting on the results of testing. Each situation is different, and your veterinarian is trained to look at the symptoms and make a diagnosis of toxicity.

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Treatment of Pesticides Poisoning in Dogs

Depending on the type of pesticide your dog ingested, and the severity of his condition, your veterinarian will begin treatment. Treatment may include the following methods:

Removal of Residue

If your dog has come into contact with the pesticide on his skin and fur, he will need bathing to remove any residue from the pesticides. Your veterinarian will use the proper shampoo or detergent to effectively remove the pesticide.

Emesis

If your dog ingested type of pesticide that is not a hydrocarbon, the veterinarian may induce vomiting to help him get rid of the poison. It is important to not use vomiting if the dog has consumed hydrocarbons since much damage, such as aspiration into the lungs, can occur.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal may be given to absorb the toxic substances that have been left over even after vomiting. Activated charcoal prevents the poison from entering the dog’s system.

Drugs

Depending on the type of pesticide ingested, the veterinarian will make the decision on the types of medications that are needed. For example, atropine is used in many poisonings to stabilize the central nervous system.

IV Fluids and Oxygen Therapy

IV fluids may be given if the dog is dehydrated and oxygen therapy is effective in assisting the dog with breathing during times of respiratory distress.

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Recovery of Pesticides Poisoning in Dogs

Recovery depends on the type of pesticide, the amount ingested, and the response time for treatment. If your dog has positively responded to treatment, your veterinarian will want to keep a watchful eye on him for at least 24 hours. The physician will tell you any information you need in regards to your dog’s recovery and prognosis.

Since there are many types of pesticides, the severity of the toxicity will vary, as will the recovery process. If your dog is recovering at home, it is important to contact your veterinarian if any symptoms develop that cause alarm. Your veterinarian will give you instructions on your dog’s aftercare and management. He will also want to see him at a follow-up appointment to be sure he is recovering properly.

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Pesticides Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Not Eating Or Drinking. Can Hardly Move. Weak Just Laying Around Can’T Stand On His Own

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. I'm sorry that your puppy is not feeling well. Young puppies are very prone to infectious diseases like parvovirus. Your puppy needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away. They will be able to do a simple test, see what might be going on with your puppy, and let you know what sort of treatment needs to happen. I hope that he is okay.

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Vomiting And Diarhea

Mimmi started vominting brown/yellow foam yesterday which continuted today along with black loose stools. She has refused to eat, will drink water but throws it up soon after.

Aug. 1, 2020

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Thank you for your question. Mimi may have a problem with her intestines, an infection, or a pancreatic inflammation. It would be best to have her seen by her veterinarian, as they can examine her, see what might be going on, and get treatment for her. She sounds like she may be quite ill, so having her seen sooner rather than later would probably be a good idea. I hope that she feels better soon.

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Licking At Paws

Hi, I believe my dog may be having a reaction to walking on an area sprayed with Raid Roach and Ant spray. She's been biting and licking the bottom of her paws quite heavily to the point it is looking raw. What should I do?

Aug. 1, 2020

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Hello, It would be best to give her a bath and wash this off. This can cause skin irritation that may need antibiotics from your vet. If she continues to bite her paws, you may need to take her to the vet. They can prescribe her some steroids to help with the reaction and antibiotics to stop any infection.

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Wobbly

My dog got into ortho ant killer and he’s wobbly and shaky. He’s usually active. He is eating and drinking

Aug. 1, 2020

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Thank you for your question. Some ant killers can be quite toxic to dogs, and if he is showing signs of unsteadiness or lethargy, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian right away. They will be able to examine him and give any treatment that he may need. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Wobbly

My dog got into ortho ant killer and his equilibrium is off. He’s normally active and gets into things. He is eating and drinking.

Aug. 1, 2020

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Thank you for your question. Some ant killers can be quite toxic to dogs, and if he is showing signs of unsteadiness or lethargy, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian right away. They will be able to examine him and give any treatment that he may need. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Cal

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Incontinence

We have a nearly one year old male boxer. We live in a large fenced yard where he does not have access to anything outside of our yard. He has however eaten some June bugs and those bugs have been killed or maimed with a pesticide. My dog wet the bed last night and had difficulty controlling his bladder later in the night. What should we do?

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Vomiting
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After reading this I really suspect my dog suffered from pesticide poisoning. I took him to emergency and got full blood work done. The only thing they could determine was that his urine was diluted and his white blood cell count was really high. They referred me to a neurologist. I asked the vet to prescribe my dog pain killers until I can get him to the neurologist. After two doses of the gabapentin my 13 year old yorkie is close to back to normal. I suspect that he did have pesticide poisoning because the week before he stayed with a family member that was doing serious extermination activities. Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/pesticides-poisoning#_=_

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Seizures

Max has had 4 seizures. I read recently that this flea med has a pesticide in it and has been known to cause seizures. He has had a MRI scan awhich come back clear and bloods. But his lumbar puncture had some blood in it? As you can imagine we are very concerned and don't want to put him on any meds that he doesn't need? Any advice would be appreciated!

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Betty

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Shaking
Lethargy
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Peeing Inside
Refusal

We keep getting ants at our backdoor, and so we've sprayed a bug repellent around the outside barrier. Just a whiff of the bug spray had my dog refusing to go outside, and staying completely out of the kitchen. She's been bunkering in different corners of the house, and i don't understand why shes scared of the smell. I'm not sure if she's been poisoned, but she is definitely freaking out, and i don't know how to have her overcome this fear.

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Excessive Drinking

I sprayed some Raid Ant & Roach Spray on an old bag that was covered in ants. I left the bag outside and about 3 hours later my dog found a ball in the bag and was chewing on it for a solid 10 minutes before I realized where he got it from. 95% sure the ball had spray on it. I rinsed out his mouth as best I could with water and he’s been drinking more than usual but as far as I can tell there are no other symptoms. Should I take him to the vet immediately or wait it out a little? What should I look for? Has anybody had experience with this spray and their dog before?

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Average Cost

$950

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