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She ate cat rat poison : My daughter said she had a pellet

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She ate Tom cat rat poison
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did you see what the dog ate?
Customer: My daughter said she had a pellet in her mouth and she swallowed almost all of it
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

I'm Dr. Jo and I'm a licensed veterinarian with more than twenty years of experience. I'm here to help with your question about your dog and the TomCat rat poison.

I'm so sorry you're having this problem, but glad you're looking for the information you need. You may join the conversation at any time by typing in what you want to say then clicking REPLY or SEND. Then we can chat back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided. I'll do my best to earn your good rating, because that's the only way I receive any compensation for helping you.

In order to help me help you better, I'll need a little more information. To start with, please tell me:

  • Exactly how long ago did this happen?
  • What kind of dog and how old?
  • Please check the active ingredient on the TomCat container. Is it bromethalin?

I'll be standing by and awaiting your reply. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

***And I'll emphasize that this is an urgent matter. Bromethalin is a very deadly poison and you will need to take emergency action if that is the case.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She ate it about 2 hours ago and I don't know what ingredient is in it because she ate it at the neighbors house... She is a Yorkie mix
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My dog is acting very normal.. Playful and active
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your quick reply. It is imperative you get confirmation of exactly what kind of poison this was. I don't want to be overwhelmingly alarming, but if it is a TomCat poison containing bromethalin, even a small dose can be lethal to a yorkie. It works fast, even if she is not showing signs yet. You only have a few hours to take action to keep it from being absorbed into her system. Once she starts to show any symptoms at all, it's not very likely she can be saved. This is an emergency.

A quick scan of products in my database is showing I can't find any Tomcat products that are NOT bromethalin. Please get her to an emergency center right away. They will be able to induce vomiting and give charcoal to try to prevent absorption. There is no antidote. I can tell you more about this, but time is of the essence. Please also do whatever you can in a timely manner to get more information from your neighbor.

I'll get you a link that explains how deadly this poison is, and hard to treat.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

In the veterinary emergency room, the general practice is to treat bromethalin ingestion quickly because you have a chance to save the dog if you see him eat it and get as much of it out as possible. Dogs who arrive at the emergency room showing symptoms are given a poor prognosis and the odds are not in favor of survival.

Please get her to the vet right away if there is any chance this is a bromethalin poison.

Other poisonings with anti-coagulants don't need such urgent treatment after ingestion, because there is an antidote (Vitamin K). But there is no antidote for bromethalin.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

I'm so sorry I don't have better news for you. Please seek emergency care right away. If you'd take a moment to update me later on, I'd love to hear from you. It's always better to be safe than sorry in a situation like this.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.


Just checking in to ask how things have gone for your dog. I've been worried, but still hopeful you were able to get the help you needed.

Thank you.