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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.
Do you know if he ingested any of the rat poison?
Do you know the brand and type of poison? There are different types of rat poison with different ingredients.
Thanks for the information. The problem with rat poison, especially anticoagulant poison, is that you won't typically see any symptoms for 4-7 days. It causes the body to not be able to make any more coagulation factors, so the body still has stores that it can go through. When symptoms starts, there is usually bruising, which many owners miss and abnormal bleeding from areas. Once the symptoms start, the prognosis can be worse, so you want to be proactive with treating rat poison. It is too late for vomiting, but a vet can give activated charcoal to bind the toxins and vitamin K to counteract the effects. This has to be done soon, though, in order to help. I would recommend getting him seen by a vet ASAP if there is any chance that he consumed any of the poison. If it was just in his mouth, but he didn't swallow any, it shouldn't be a problem. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. If you feel like your questions have been answered, please rate my service. Hope this helps.
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