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Old homes and buildings, especially those undergoing renovation, are good sources of lead.
Many old paints contain lead and if it is eaten, including paint residue or dust from sanding, it will cause problems.
Also, be aware that lead poisoning can be a danger not only to your pets, but to your family as well.
What is lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning is intoxication due to the acute (sudden and severe) or chronic (occurring over time) ingestion of some form of lead. Lead adversely affects the red blood cells (RBCs) and can damage the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system, and the kidneys.
Diagnosis and Treatment
What is the prognosis for animals with lead poisoning?
The animal should improve dramatically within 24 to 48 hours of initiating medication. The prognosis (outcome) often is favourable in treated animals. However, if seizures are present and uncontrolled, the pet may not survive or may have permanent damage (such as blindness).
Public health officials should be notified of the source of lead because it can cause lead poisoning in people. The source of lead should be removed from the animal's environment to prevent further poisoning.