There are multiple reasons for keeping your dog away from the rubbish bin. However one of the biggest reasons (besides the mess of a tipped over rubbish bin) is that mouldy food may contain a mycotoxin. These mycotoxins can cause tremors in your dog. It can cause weakness, muscle tremors and convulsions. The symptoms can last for several days.
Foods such as grains and nuts, including walnuts, almonds, and pecans have all been associated with these mycotoxins. Symptoms will occur rapidly and can include drooling, panting, restlessness and mild incoordination. More severe symptoms, like the muscle tremors, will be seen with higher doses of the toxin and death can occur in some cases.
If your dog exhibits any these signs, and it looks like it’s been through the rubbish bin, you should seek veterinary help immediately.
Treatment consists of inducing vomiting and using activated charcoal to the stomach. These steps help to minimise absorption of the mycotoxin. Tremors and seizures can be controlled with medications and with supportive care and with early aggressive treatment, the prognosis is good.
Article originally published on PetDoctor.com.au
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