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My dog ate rat poison what should I do

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My dog ate rat poison what should I do
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

1) When did this happen?

CriticalCareVet :

2) What is the active ingredient on the box?


20 minutes ago


not sure I have to find the package.

CriticalCareVet :

Yes - find the package.

CriticalCareVet :

The problem is that without knowing the brand and active ingredient - there can be severe consequences as there are several common types of poison.

You can not tell the active ingredient by color, size, or shape of the block.

The more common types available include:

(1) Anticoagulant Rodenticides: The most common is an anticoagulant that causes animals to bleed to death. It accomplishes this by inhibiting Vitamin K metabolism. It takes 48 hours after ingestion for clotting test abnormalities to develop, and an additional 24 hours before clinical bleeding to develop.

(2) Neurotoxin: Bromethalin is another type of rodenticide, which can cause neurologic signs such as disorientation and seizures. Once signs develop, it is usually fatal. At high doses, the clinical signs can be very acute. At low doses, clinical signs may develop several days following ingestion.

(3) Vitamin D Analog: The third type of rat poison is the least common and contains vitamin D, which causes increased calcium levels which can affect the kidney.

CriticalCareVet :

Since it happened 20 minutes ago - If you would like to try some at home care - to make your dog vomit at home (LINK HERE)- you can use hydrogen peroxide.

The general dose is one teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.

(one teaspoon equals 5 cc or 5 ml).

You can give a second dose in 15 minutes if the first dose does not work.

If this does not work - I would try to get to your local ER as they likely have a medication (Apomorphine - LINK HERE) which causes vomiting in a much more reliable fashion.

CriticalCareVet :

Good luck.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Bromadiolone 5%


cont3ns denatonium benzoate

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
That is the clotting trouble poison discussed above.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Sorry I do not see the answer