My dog ate a 2oz block of tomcat rat poison. He’s a 68 lb pit. I don’t know when he ate it, because I just found the

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Customer: My dog ate a 2oz block of tomcat rat poison. He’s a 68 lb pit bull. I don’t know when he ate it, because I just found the chewed up bait box. It must of been in the last 4 days though.
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JA: Thanks for these details. We'll do all we can to help. Did you see what your dog ate?
Customer: No. I just found the remains of the rat bait box.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: He’s almost 4 years old, and in good health
Answered by Rebeccavet in 5 mins 3 years ago
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Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is Rebecca; I am a veterinarian with over 30 years experience. I will do my best to help.

I am sorry to hear your dog ate Tom Cat rat bait.

If he only ate one block, this should not make him sick.

The toxic dose of bromethalin in a dog his size is 15 mg of bromethalin. One ounce of the bait contains 2.84 mg, so 2 ounces would be 5.68 mg, well below the toxic dose of 15 mg.

If this happened more than an hour ago, it is too late to induce vomiting.

I there anything I should look out for or anything i should feed him?

There is no antidote or treatment for bromethalin. Feed normally. The signs are neurologic: tremors, seizures, etc. He would show symptoms in a few hour to a day after getting the bait.

I misspoke; there is a treatment: intensive care and IV lipid therapy in dogs that got a toxic dose too late to induce vomiting.

Ok. I will watch him. Good thing he’s a big hefty dog.

I expect he will be OK if he only got one block.

Please let me know how he is doing.

My goal is to provide excellent service; please let me know if you have other questions.

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Is him eating grass afterwards normal behavior?

Dogs eat grass for unknown reasons. It can be a sign of nausea, but that is not a symptom of Tomcat poison.

I am assuming the Tomcat is bromethalin. That is in most of the Tomcat rat baits.

Do you have the container to check the active ingredient? If it is an "anti coagulant" rat poison, he should be started on the antidote for that, Vitamin K 1.

I don’t have the container or even the trap. The residue on the piece that is left is bright green. The trap is at least 12-18 months old. I thought we had found all of them and disposed of them. He found one.

Tomcat is usually bromethalin, but all rat poisons are green or blue/green.

If this is an anti coagulant rat poison, you could see bruises or spot on his gums or inside his ears or his skin. If you see anything like that, contact a veterinarian immediately to get the antidote

Thanks for the great rating. How is he doing?

He’s acting normal. No change in behavior or feeding.
Gums look normal too.

Glad to hear it; thanks for the update.

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