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 the Poison Center Hotline immediately at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.
Dog food, cat food, fish food, bird seed
Pet food is usually nontoxic. If your child develops any symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
There are usually no symptoms from eating a small amount of fresh pet food.
Give your child a few sips of water. If they develop any symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea, call IPC at 1-800-222-1222.
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.
No symptoms are expected from eating a mouthful of fresh pet food. Some food may present a choking hazard for small children. If your child begins choking, call 911.
If your child has gotten this substance in his or her eyes, please view our eye exposure information.
Don't hesitate to call the Poison Helpline.