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My Child Ate Pet Food

Jul 03, 2020
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Pet Food



This information applies to children who have unintentionally swallowed a small amount. If the child swallowed more than one mouthful, is having symptoms, or if you are not positive of the exact substance or amount swallowed, call your local Poison Center immediately 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a nurse, pharmacist or physician for recommendations specific to your situation.  The call is free and confidential.


  • Toxicity Level: Nontoxic


  • Also Known As:  Dog food, cat food, fish food, bird seed


  • What It Is:  Pet foods contain a variety of plant and animal based ingredients similar to those people eat such as corn, rice, wheat, beef, poultry and fish.  Pet food ingredients may be of lower taste quality compared to those sold for human consumption, but they are considered nontoxic.


  • Possible Symptoms of Poisoning:  No symptoms are expected from eating a mouthful of fresh pet food

  • What You Should Do: If your child is not having symptoms, give a few sips of water.  If your child develops any symptoms, call 1-800-222-1222.

NOTE:  If your child has gotten this substance in their eyes, please view our Eye Exposure information.



If you have any further questions about this substance, or if your child is experiencing any symptoms, call the poison center experts who are available 24/7 via the free, confidential helpline: 1-800-222-1222.   Don’t guess, be sure!


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