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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.
How long ago did he ingest the rat poison? Can you give me an idea of your dogs size?
Ok, great. It sounds like you have done all the right things so far. The activated charcoal should be given at 1-4g per lb every 8 hours, so I would recommend giving a dose of ~90g three times daily. Can you confirm how much activated charcoal you have given so far?
I would recommend a vitamin K dose of 50mg three times daily for 7 days. However this dose is based on the vitamin K1 dose as there is little experience giving vitamin K2 in this context.
Do you know the active ingredient in the rat poison?
Giving a dog 90 capsules sounds like quite a feat! Did you open the capsules and mix them with food?
It sounds like you have the low strength charcoal for gas. He should received approximately twice that dose. It would be wise to obtain vitamin K1 and it can be useful initially to give the first dose by injection to get blood levels up more quickly, so getting him to your vet would be the best way forward. Your vet will also be able to provide you with more concentrated activated charcoal which should make life easier for you.
The main side effect from coumarin derivative rat bait tends to be bleeding problems, so look out for any signs of bruising, nose bleeds, bloodshot eyes etc, if you see any of these signs then I would recommend taking him to an ER vet.
How long will it be until you can get him to the vet? Giving the K2 now could interfere with the K1 dose if it is likely to be within 8 hours. If he is showing no signs of further vomiting, you can feed him as normal.
Yes, he should be fine to be fed.
The activated charcoal really is the best you can do to minimize his exposure. Fish oil etc is likely to have no benefit.
You are doing all the right things so far. Hopefully things will be just fine.
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You are very welcome,