Pet Food

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Toxicity:  Pet food is usually as safe as human food, which is very safe but not totally safe.

Expected symptoms:  It’s not the food and flavors we usually like, so there can be spitting, gagging, and upset stomach.  Young children can choke on small pieces of dry food.  Pet food, just like human food, sometimes has germs that can cause vomiting and diarrhea.   

What to do:  Wipe the mouth out with a soft, wet cloth, wash hands with soap and water and then give your child some water to drink.

Pet food is very similar to human food because it uses the same ingredients such as chicken, meat, and vegetables, although not the best parts.  It is usually cooked, but not always.  Raw food has more of a chance of having germs, but still most of the time there is no problem.  In the past there have been cases where something was wrong with the pet food, and it was recalled. 

If you find your child eating pet food, do not panic.  Take the pet food away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  Be sure to wash their hands with soap and water.  The best thing to do is to call the poison center and let them help you watch for any future problems.

If you have questions or want some help watching this, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.  The poison center is open all day, every day for problems and questions just like this.

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