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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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My dog was diagnosed with Epilepsy approximately 5 month ago and since then she has been taking phenobarbital twice a day in the higher dose. Since she began her treatment her seizures stop buy last night they began like never before. She is having a seizure every 3 to 4 hours and I’m desperate.

Nov. 26, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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I'm sorry that is happening to your dog. It is not uncommon for dogs to start to have seizures even when they seem controlled on phenobarbital. If the seizures are not stopping, she needs to be seen at an ER, as they will have intravenous medications to give her to help her. This may not be a long-term problem, it may be just a breakthrough problem, and they will be able to let you know if they are able to get things controlled again.

Nov. 26, 2020

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My dog is vomitting green thick saliva

Oct. 26, 2020

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Hello I'm sorry that your pet is not feeling well. If he is vomiting (possibly from ingesting a pesticide), I recommend that you take him to a veterinarian for an exam. They may give him an injection to stop the vomiting and run some lab work. Good luck.

Oct. 26, 2020

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Noisy Breathing

He's breathing hard and winning his back legs keep collapsing and is in pain

Sept. 28, 2020

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Thank you for your question. If he is not able to stand on his back legs, and he seems to be in pain, he needs to see a veterinarian right away. They will be able to examine him and see what might be causing this problem, and get treatment for him so that he feels better.

Oct. 9, 2020

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Noisy Breathing

Dog walked into raid being sprayed and now is licking his paws like crazy and panting

Sept. 25, 2020

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Thank you for your question. I apologize for the delay, this venue is not set up for urgent emails. I hope that your pet is feeling better. If they are still having problems, It would be best to have your pet seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine them, see what might be going on, and get any testing or treatment taken care of that might be needed.

Oct. 22, 2020

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We got some info saying that some people feed pesticides(used to remove unwanted crops in farm) to dogs in our home town. Its been a week. suddenly its neck got swollen 2 days ago. Now its left cheek and jaw is getting swollen. Can you suggest something abt it...??

Sept. 25, 2020

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Thank you for your question. I apologize for the delay, this venue is not set up for urgent emails. I hope that your pet is feeling better. If they are still having problems, It would be best to have your pet seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine them, see what might be going on, and get any testing or treatment taken care of that might be needed.

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Cal

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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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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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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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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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Gouda

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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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