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Poison Control in Studio City

Although one of our Sutdio City Animal Emergency Centre’s most common pet emergencies, pet poisoning can be the most insidious, especially if you don’t know your pet has ingested a poison. When a pet ingests poison, critical care by an emergency veterinarian is crucial. Even if you’re not sure it's poison, get to our emergency vet in Studio City immediately.

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Substances That Are Poison

Most pet owners are aware of the more common substances that are poisonous to pets such as chocolate, antifreeze and rodent poisons. But did you know that grapes and raisins, avocado skins and toothpaste also contain harmful toxins? Become familiar with substances that are poisonous to pets by checking out the Pet Poison Helpline. Here's more.

Avocado Skins

It’s often thought that avocados are poisonous for dogs and cats, but other than minor vomiting and diarrhea, they are not particularly harmful. However, persin, found in the skin, pit and leaves of avocados, is very poisonous for birds, cows and horses. If you have a pet bird has ingested some avocado skin, there may be clumsiness, difficulty breathing, and finally, death. 

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, a diuretic and cardiac stimulant. How serious the toxicity depends on the amount eaten, the concentration of the chocolate and the size of your pet.  The effects on pets are similar to those on people who are extremely sensitive to caffeine and may include the following:

  • Hyperactivity

  • Restlessness

  • Vomiting

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure

  • Abnormal heart rhythms

  • Fever

  • Seizures

  • Death


Onions are a member of the Allium family, which also includes garlic, chives, and leeks. Although garlic is the most toxic, all are poisonous for dogs and cats. Some breeds seem to be more susceptible to Allium poisoning, including Japanese dog breeds such as Akitas. Allium causes damage to pets’ red blood cells resulting in anemia and the following symptoms:

  • Drooling

  • Lethargy

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Increased heart and respiratory rates

  • Pale gums

  • Weakness

  • Collapse


Anything in the grape family, including raisins, is extremely toxic for dogs. Even foods like grape juice, grape jelly, etc. are dangerous if ingested. Scientists are not sure why grapes and raisins are so dangerous, but if eaten, the dog may suffer sudden and severe kidney failure. Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Thirst

  • Frequent urination

  • Lethargy

  • Bad breath

  • Dehydration

  • Loss of appetite


It’s everywhere: water bottles, packaging, cell phones, eyeglasses – the list is endless. True – plastic is convenient and indestructible, but did you know it has a substance called BPA that has been shown to be toxic to humans? Studies have shown connections between BPA and autism, cancer, diabetes, hyperactivity and more in humans, so what is it doing to our pets? Little research has yet been done, but consider metal dishes for pets and avoid tossing empty water bottles as fetch and chew toys for your dog.

The list of pet poisons is long. If you think your pet has ingested poison, run, don't walk to our emergency vet in Studio City. Please call for more details.