12 Jul Instant Heat Packs
With the cold weather upon us, we have noticed an increase in the number of cases involving instant single-use heat packs. These packs are often used as hand or feet warmers and may contain varying amounts of iron powder. When ingested, typically by dogs, iron poisoning may ensue.
Early signs of poisoning can include vomiting which may contain blood, salivation, lack of interest in food and abdominal pain. Poisoned animals may appear to improve, but then develop progressive liver and kidney failure which can be life-threatening. Early veterinary treatment can potentially be lifesaving.
If you have any of these heat packs in your home, please ensure they are kept out of reach of your pets. If your pet has ingested anything they should not have, you can call the Animal Poisons Centre on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ). Our service is free for all pet owners.