UPDATE: K-State veterinary toxicologists are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during regular business days, Monday through Friday, to provide free immediate assistance when an animal has been exposed to or ingested a poisonous substance.
While no pet owner wants to imagine the need for an emergency call to an animal poison control hotline, someday the situation may arise. Wheather your pup has gotten into an Easter basket full of dark chocolate or chewed up a bottle of Tylenol, the veterinary toxicologists at the Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine free, 24-hour animal poison control hotline can help.
Dr. Fred Oehme who is a veterinarian and professor of toxicology and pathobiology oversees the hotline and has this advice for those who call:
- Be patient. The person who answers the phone may have to page the veterinarian on call. This may take a few minutes, especially during the nighttime.
- Call as soon as possible. If you call within five minutes to 10 minutes of ingestion, a veterinarian may direct you to induce vomiting to minimize harm. But if you wait a few hours to see how the animal reacts, it may be too late. Also, be able to tell the veterinarian how long ago the poison was ingested.
- Have product labels handy. Be able to tell the veterinarian what your pet ingested. If it was a medication, tell the veterinarian the generic name of the drug and how many milligrams were in each tablet. Also be able to tell the veterinarian how much your pet weighs.
- Know if your pet is actually in trouble. A little drool might just mean your pet is happy to see you. Unusual drooling, unexplained vomiting, frothing at the mouth, redness or burns in the mouth, difficulty breathing, unusual behavior, convulsions or unconsciousness may indicate that your animal is in trouble.”
The number for the hotline is : 785-532-5679 please make a note of it!