How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 29763
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dogs may have ingested rat ask 3 days ago. they are

Customer Question

My dogs may have ingested rat ask 3 days ago. they are maltese pomeranian breed. They appear to be fine at the moment no vomiting or blood in their urine etc. Does it seem likely that they will still be poisoned
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Can you clarify "rat ask" for me; the active ingredient if possible?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
rat ask sorry...typo I'm not sure of the ingredients but there was a mince meatball with rat ask ground in to it that was uneaten. Would this suggest that they did not eat the poison.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You didn't mention what "rat ask" was supposed to be. If the rodenticide contained an anticoagulant, bleeding from any orifice can arise up to 4 days later. Bleeding in the chest cavity would present as a dog with an increased respiratory rate - taking more than 30 breaths/minute while asleep. If the rodenticide contained bromethalin instead, nervous signs are seen within the first day - agitation, hyperexcitability, tremors, and seizures are possible. Less commonly, a hind leg paresis (weakness) can set in up to 5 days or more later.

It's most likely that they'll remain well but they're not out of the woods quite yet.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can a vet do anything at this stage or is there something that I can do at home. What would you suggest. And thank you so much for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

A vet can check your dogs' bleeding times (PT, PTT testing) to see if an anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity occurred. Bromethalin is a wait and see toxicity at this point and then treated symptomatically and supportively if need be. You're quite welcome. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thank you will get them checked asap.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.