Iron Toxicity in Dogs

The other day we had a furry friend come into the clinic feeling under the weather. Milo ate an Iron Packet 2 days prior and was now acting very abnormal (Milo is pictured below). The race was on for Dr. Doub to help my fellow furry friend to getting feeling back to normal!


So what is Iron Toxicity in dogs you ask?

“In the event that there is a high volume of iron present in the blood, damage can occur within the cells. While iron is an essential nutrient for the regular functioning of a dog’s body, when it is present in large quantities in the bloodstream, it can become lethal. Dogs may be ingesting unhealthy amounts of iron when they are being given multivitamins that are not appropriate for their age, size or health status, or when they are ingesting dietary supplements or pregnancy supplements that have been left within their reach but that are not intended for them.” ~PetMD¬†

Iron can be found in these little packets that they put in Human food, as well as in my dog treats, to keep them fresh. And if ingested, especially for my kind, it can be lethal.


And what are the symptoms to look for?

Stage 1 (0-6 hours):

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Abdominal pain

Stage 2 (6-24 hours):

  • Apparent recovery

Stage 3 (12-96 hours):

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • Shock
  • Tremors
  • Abdominal pain

Final Stage (2-6 weeks):

  • Gastrointestinal obstruction from stricture formation (from narrowed gastrointestinal tubes).


Milo was hospitalized with us for 2 days because he was so sick, (iron toxicity is very serious!) but now he has made a full recovery and is doing much better.


If you think that your fur baby, my fellow dog and cat friends, has ingested one of these, call your vet immediately and schedule an appointment! Your pet will thank you and my family here at the clinic can start the treatments needed to getting you back out to play!

Thanks for tuning in this week! Stay tuned till next week!

Straight from The Dog’s Mouth,

Love, Sequoia





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