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Our pit just ate 1/2 a cube of tomcat rat poison. What

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Our pit bull just ate 1/2 a cube of tomcat rat poison. What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

How much does your Pitbull weigh, please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My daughter tried charcoal 1 brick and two eggs mixed together. He ate it.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. The Tomcat rat poison contains bromethalin. Any major ingestion approaching 0.23 mg/lb should trigger decontamination by emesis and then activated charcoal. There are 2.8 mg/ounce of bromethalin in that product.

0.23 mg/lb x 75 lbs = 17 mg. Colt would need to ingest 17/2.8 = 6 ounces of that product to be worrisome and trigger decontamination. I don't believe that 1/2 of a cube weighs 6 ounces and so I don't believe that inducing emesis or treating Colt in any manner is necessary. Please check your product to see if you can find what a cube weighs in ounces or grams so that my suspicion will be confirmed. (In Tomcat Rat Killer II each bait block weighs 30 grams (1 ounce).)

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Colt. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Colt is great. A little bit if an upset stomach but fine now.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Good to hear. Thank you for letting me know.