31 Mar Oxygen Absorbers
Did you know that oxygen absorber sachets can be dangerous to your pets? These sachets are typically used to preserve dried food items and may contain varying amounts of iron powder. As oxygen absorber sachets are often found in pet treat bags, calls to the Helpline regarding ingestion of these sachets are not uncommon.
When ingested, typically by dogs, iron poisoning may ensue. Whilst serious poisoning is rare, the risk depends on the size of your pet, the quantity ingested and the amount of elemental iron in the mix. 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 multi-organ failure which can be life-threatening.
Please ensure you keep pet treat packets well out of reach of your pet and if your dog or cat has eaten any amount of an oxygen absorber sachet, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. We can assess your pet’s exposure to determine if they will be at risk of poisoning and if they require urgent veterinary assessment.
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