Cornell reports that approximately 2/3 of dogs showing signs of toxicity from aflatoxin exposure die. Even dogs who are not showing signs of illness should be examined by veterinarians as soon as possible, as it may take up to 3 weeks for some dogs to show signs. Blood tests are available to screen for toxin exposure. Prognosis is much more grave as time goes on.
Signs to watch for can be vague, but if your pet has eaten any of these brands of food in the affected states and countries, time is critical. Signs of aflatoxin poisoning include lethargy, anorexia (no appetite), vomiting, yellowed eyes or gums, and later, bloody vomit or stools.
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