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Salt

Severity scale:
No/low toxicity

This potential toxin is considered to be a mild risk or the symptoms are not considered serious. The risk level, however, may vary depending on the amount or part ingested (see details below). While in most cases you should be able to carefully monitor your pet at home, if any of the symptoms listed below appear, if your pet's condition worsens not improves, or if there is any change in your pet's behavior or other habits, please contact whiskerDocs or your primary veterinarian for further guidance.

Salt, while a wonderful companion to food and fun (making home made playdough for example), should never be given to our cat and dog friends. Salt is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream after it is eaten. It can cause issues with multiple organs including the stomach, intestines (leading to irritation of these areas), and the brain. In the brain, excessive amounts of salt can easily lead to dehydration of the brain cells and possible bleeding within the brain if the dehydration becomes too severe. Other organs affected can include the lungs, heart, kidneys, and muscles for example. Clinical signs to watch out for include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, depression, muscle tremors, difficulty walking, increased rigidity of muscles, jerky muscle movements, seizures, and coma. In some animals, problems with breathing, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, increased body temperture, and increased thirst and urination can be seen. Symptoms are noted anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours after ingestion.

Other names: 
Also called table salt or sea salt. Is the toxic/risky element of salt water, paintballs, homemade playdough, de-icers (such as rock salt), enemas, various salt containing emetics (things to make someone vomit), large animal feed, and many prepared food dishes
Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Symptoms: 
Vomiting, increased urination and/or drinking, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, abnormal fluid accumulation, muscle tremors, staggering, seizures, kidney damage, coma, death
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