Monday Sep 19, 2022

Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Symptoms: What To Know

Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Symptoms

Shih Tzu food poisoning symptoms are pretty similar to symptoms in other breeds of dog but can be less obvious due to the Shih Tzu’s small size.

 

Symptoms typically occur within 2 hours or overnight after ingesting food that contains toxins which later create toxic effects on the body. Signs and symptoms of Shih Tzu food poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, stomach pain, loss of appetite, lethargy, and weakness.

 

Shih Tzu food poisoning symptoms are dangerous to the dog’s well-being whether or not it has eaten a poisonous substance. However, if you do notice your Shih Tzu ingesting something that tastes bitter or smells putrid, you need to keep your dog away from the substance and take it to a veterinarian for medical care.

Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Symptoms: What To Know

Here Are Some Foods That Can Cause Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Symptoms:

Human foods are due to high fat, sugar, or other toxins.
Raw meats or fish.
Moldy expired, or spoiled foods.

The long-term effects of Shih Tzu food poisoning symptoms can cause your dog to become ill for weeks or even months after ingesting the poisonous substance if untreated by a veterinarian. So if you think your dog has ingested something toxic, take it to the veterinarian.

 

Home Remedies For Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Symptoms

Prevent the dog from eating anything.
Try to induce vomiting by giving your dog hydrogen peroxide or salt water
Give your dog water or milk, unless it is unable to be drink. *Note that giving any liquids or food to a dog that cannot keep it down is dangerous, as the liquids may absorb into their lungs and cause pneumonia.
Take your dog to a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Prevention

If you have a Shih Tzu or any other breed of dog, you should always take a number of precautions to protect them from ingesting substances that may be poisonous, including:

 

Keeping your dog’s food bowl in a secure area away from other animals.
Monitoring what your dog is eating and not letting it eat anything on the ground unless you know for certain that it won’t make it sick.
Keeping all medications and chemicals, including cleaning products, in a safe area away from your dog. *Note that putting certain medications or cleaning supplies within the reach of children is also dangerous for them as well.
Having your house checked regularly by a pest control company if you have any rodents, bugs, or other vermin, to prevent your dog from ingesting any poisons or toxins.
If you suspect that your dog has ingested anything toxic such as human foods, chemicals, or cleaning products, take it to a veterinarian for medical care and treatment recommendations.

Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Treatment

Treatment for Shih Tzu food poisoning symptoms depends on the type of toxin ingested by your dog. If there is no treatment, the prognosis will be poor. However, if you do spot any signs or symptoms in your dog of Shih Tzu food poisoning, you should immediately take it to a veterinarian for medical care.

 

In some cases where treatments can save your dog’s life, such as if it has ingested a large amount of rat poison, the veterinarian may decide to induce vomiting before administering any treatments. They will then monitor your Shih Tzu for specific symptoms that indicate how well its body is detoxifying and breaking down the toxin.

 

Why You Need To Know About Shih Tzu Food Poisoning Symptoms And Treatments

The following are some of the most common types of poisonings with regard to dogs. It is important for dog owners to be knowledgeable about the nature of the poisoning so as to determine what immediate actions are necessary and how to best treat it.

 

If you have a Shih Tzu that has ingested a poisonous substance, the following are the most common types of poisoning:

 

Insecticide poisoning occurs when the pet has eaten or licked an insecticide. Generally, this type of poison can be treated at home if it is caught in time. However, if the toxin is absorbed into the dog’s system and it has eaten a large amount of insecticide, then veterinary care will be needed to induce vomiting. Your veterinarian may also give your Shih Tzu some activated charcoal to absorb any toxins that have not yet been absorbed by the dog’s body.

 

Rodenticide poisoning happens when your dog eats a rodent that had been killed by rat poison. The first step is to induce vomiting as soon as possible, and then your veterinarian will give your dog some activated charcoal to absorb the toxin. Your vet will also hook up your Shih Tzu to an IV and monitor its electrolyte and fluid levels and blood pressure for any imbalances.

 

Human food poisoning can occur when your dog eats foods that contain onions, garlic, chocolate, nuts, raisins, and grapes or macadamia nuts. If it has eaten a lot of any of these poisons and is showing signs and symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, take it to your veterinarian immediately for treatment recommendations.

 

Fertilizer poisoning occurs when the dog has eaten treated lawns, flower bed fertilizers, and other chemicals. Inducing vomiting is important; give your Shih Tzu a small meal to induce vomiting as soon as possible. If it vomits up anything with a chemical odor, take your dog straight to your veterinarian. Within a few hours of your dog ingesting fertilizer, it will begin to experience vomiting and diarrhea.

 

Detergent poisoning is common with a Shih Tzu that has licked up any powdered detergents or gel-type dishwasher detergents. This is because the ingredients in these types of products create chemical burns in the animal’s mouth and esophagus. This type of poisoning requires immediate veterinary treatment, especially if your Shih Tzu has ingested a large amount.

 

Cleaning product poisoning occurs when your dog drinks any household cleaner or other chemical. This can cause nervous system damage, organ failure, seizures, paralysis, difficulty breathing, and even blindness. If your Shih Tzu has ingested any type of cleaning product, take it to your veterinarian immediately.

 

Plant poisoning is another type of poison that can affect dogs. The most common types are oleander, yew, daffodil, lily bulbs, tomato, potato leaves, mistletoe, mushrooms, tulip bulbs, apple seeds, and cherry bark. If your Shih Tzu has ingested any poisonous plant or plant product, take it to your veterinarian immediately for treatment recommendations.

 

FAQ’s:

Q: How many teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda to give a 15 pound Shih Tzu for poisoning symptoms?

 

A: The amount of bicarbonate of soda you need to treat your dog is based on its weight, so it is impossible to know the correct dosage without knowing its weight. It’s recommended that you consult with your veterinarian for treatment.

 

Q: I just gave my Shih Tzu 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, but its poisoning symptoms are still present, why?

 

A: Baking soda is not a cure-all solution to all diseases or illnesses so if you have already given it to your Shih Tzu and its poisoning symptoms aren’t going away, you should take it to a veterinarian.

 

You can also give it a little bit of water, but not too much because over-hydrating your dog could cause more harm.

 

Q: My Shih Tzu has been pooping and vomiting, what do I do?

 

A: Some people confuse Shih Tzu food poisoning symptoms with other similar illnesses like canine parvovirus or canine distemper. If your dog has been pooping and vomiting, you should take it to the veterinarian immediately because the other possibilities could be fatal.

 

EndNote:

If you are aware of any poisoning symptoms in your Shih Tzu or if you are looking for information about its food poisoning prevention, then do not hesitate to take it to the veterinarian. It is also important to be well informed about the different types of Shih Tzu food poisoning symptoms so that immediate action can be taken upon noticing them, including taking your Shih Tzu to the vet. Your dog’s life may depend on it.

 

If you have any information about a possible case of Shih Tzu food poisoning symptoms, you should let us know in the comment section below so that we can spread the word and keep other pet owners informed as well.

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