- If your pet ingests obviously spoiled food, contact your veterinarian. You may be instructed to induce vomiting, or attend the clinic so that your veterinarian can induce vomiting.
- It may be helpful to bring a sample of the foodstuff or product ingested by your pet.
- If your pet is seizuring contact your veterinarian immediately. Be aware that seizuring animals can bite.
- Veterinary care consists of further decontamination (including possible gastric lavage and administration of activated charcoal. Other treatment may include intravenous fluids, anti-emetics and, in cases where animals are seizuring, cooling measures.
- Anti-convulsants and muscle relaxants may be used to control seizures and muscle tremors. In severe cases, general anaesthesia is required.
Examples of tremorgens include Penitrem A or roquefortine
- Uncoordinated gait (ataxia)
- Excessive salivation
- Rigid, stiff posture with hyperextension of the limbs
- Mild to moderate whole body muscle tremors
- Hyper responsive to touch and noise
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Rapid respiratory rate (tachypnoea)
- Dilated pupils (Mydriasis)
EFFECTS OF TOXICITY
The exact mechanism of toxicity is unknown but one of the toxins may have direct effects on the central nervous system, causing changes in nerve impulses.
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