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poi­son­ing symp­toms can be “ex­cru­ci­at­ingly painful” to pets who in­gest dan­ger­ous sub­stances.

Symp­toms to look out for in­clude your pet act­ing un­usual, trem­bling, vom­it­ing, and a loss of co­or­di­na­tion.

Mike said: “One of the most pop­u­lar poi­sons is anti-freeze, which tends to af­fect cats more be­cause for some rea­son they find it quite palat­able. They come back in and the cat shows signs of to­tally un­nat­u­ral be­hav­iour.

“So if your dog or cat is out of sight and it comes back to you and it acts any way out of char­ac­ter – like start­ing to be sick or shiv­er­ing, eyes mov­ing about get it straight to a vet.

“With anti-freeze if you get there quick enough you can limit the dam­age that’s done.

“But if you’re not quick enough it just burns them away from the inside – it’s a disgusting and ex­cru­ci­at­ingly painful death.

“They also hal­lu­ci­nate so it’s hor­ri­ble for the owner to see but it’s ab­so­lutely disgusting and painful for the animal.”

Vets in Glas­gow say the most

If it can kill a dog in 30 sec­onds, what would have hap­pened if a child had picked it up?

com­mon emer­gen­cies they have to deal with are pet poi­son­ings.

Based at the renowned emer­gency Vets Now Glas­gow Hos­pi­tal, Tobias Grave is a vet­eri­nary spe­cial­ist in Emer­gency in Crit­i­cal Care in small animals.

He said an­tifreeze is the number one form of poi­son­ing for animals and that it’s “ex­tremely toxic.”

Tobias said: “Pet poi­son­ings are one of the most com­mon emer­gen­cies our vets and vet nurses see. Our statis­tics show around nine in 10 of these hap­pen ac­ci­den­tally while pets are in their own home.

“We do treat poi­son­ing cases from time to time which un­for­tu­nately ap­pear to have been de­lib­er­ate, but there has not been a no­tice­able up­lift in the cases we have treated in the past year at our Glas­gow Hos­pi­tal.

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