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#1 Amelia Jane

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:01 PM

My dogs have gotten into the shed today and unearthed some rat poison from God knows where. I was out putting some stuff in the shed and saw the torn packets scattered around. I rang the vet straight away and they said to give Lectric soda to induce vomiting and then bring them in tomorrow for vitamin K treatment. I didn't think my big dog would have eaten any, he is the type to tear things up but not to eat anything/everything he finds, but my little dog is a pig and even eats the cat poo from the litter trays, so I was pretty sure she would have eaten some. Sure enough she threw up heaps and heaps and heaps of it, and the big dog threw up none. There was 220 gms in the pack and from the looks of it she ate the lot.

I can't believe it, they occasionally go for a little look see around the shed but they have never tried to eat anything they have found. We don't even know where they got the poison, my husband was looking for it about 4 months ago and couldn't find it, and they've dug it up from somewhere.

I'm worried. sad.gif This is very, very bad news. I noticed within a couple of hours so I'm hoping like anything the vomiting brought it all up but she'll need treatment anyway to be on the safe side. She is about 10-12 kilos, and she's eaten so much and she is old and has chronic pancreatitis and I have a bad feeling. sad.gif

Does anyone have any good news stories about dogs who have eaten rat poison and been okay, and/or any idea of how much we might be looking at for vitamin K treatment?
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#2 aChocLover

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:57 PM

Oh dear ~Piper~, (((Hugs)))
No advice on the rat poison/vitamin k treatment costs but am hoping the best for your furbabies. Do you have an animal hospital nearby that you could start on the vit k treatment earlier?

ETA: Would human Vit K tablets be an alternative? Any late night pharmacists near you that you could ask?

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:59 PM

Sorry to hear about your dog sad.gif I don't have any recent experience or know about cost but my childhood dog got into the rat poison one day - he was only little but they treated him and he was fine. Good Luck
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:00 PM

I don't have any advice but just wanted to say that I hope everything turns out ok! I couldn't imagine having to deal with that sad.gif ... Luckily u realised as soon as u did!

Fingers crossed your furbabies will be ok. Xo
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#5 Penny P Star

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:11 PM

You poor thing sad.gif

I don't have any experience with dogs but one of my pet chickens got into some rat pellets and she was very sick and sorry for herself for about a week but she survived and has lived for another happy 3 years so far!

Wishing you all the best

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:15 PM

Many years ago our Golden Retriever 12-month-old ate half a box of snail pellets and was disgustingly sick from it. We rushed her to the vet and they pumped her stomach. She did some painful poos for a few days but managed to live to a healthy 14 years.

I hope your puppies will be okay! ((hugs))
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:25 PM

I don't have any advice but I hope that your poor girl is doing ok tonight and that the vitamin k treatment in the morning has her back to normal quickly smile.gif

I'm sorry you have to deal with all this worry sad.gif ((hugs)) It looks like a few others have had good outcomes from the same experience though, so hopefully that reassures you for now...

Wishing you all the best for your poor girl xx

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

Nasty sad.gif

We had almost the exact thing happen - our black lab got into the shed and ate snail pellets. He was immediately VERY sick....he went all shaky and couldn't walk within 15 minutes. We rished him to the vet and they pumped his stomach which did the trick.

He had no side effects and made a full recovery.

I hope the same happens for your little dog....if the dog vomited up lots and seems to be okay I would say it's all out of their system. Hope so anyways...good luck.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:57 PM

Oh no, sad.gif no advice with this directly but I know how horrible it is when something happens to a much loved pet. I hope you're little pup is much better very soon.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:56 AM

I don't have any advice, I just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and I hope your dogs are okay xx

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:24 AM

Oh no sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif No advice but I hope your doggies are ok? It is so horrible when stuff like this happens. Fingers crossed for you!
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#12 Amelia Jane

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:28 AM

Thanks girls. I'm so glad to hear that some of your pets have been fine!! I asked the vet how quickly it would affect her and she said symptoms don't show up for 7 days or so but when they do they bleed to death...the active ingredient is an anticoagulant and that's how the rats die, they bleed to death. What nasty stuff, I had no idea or I wouldn't have had it at our place at all. I knew it was toxic to all animals but what a horrific death, even for a rat. I won't be getting it again.

I kept checking on her overnight and this morning and she is totally fine, but we can't take that as any sign as she would be fine long term at this stage. The vet opens in 10 minutes so I'll be getting the first appt I can. From what I googled last night it looks like she might need a plasma transfusion followed by several weeks of vitamin K treatment, first IV and then orally. If it had been urgent urgent urgent (like she'd been bitten by a snake or something) then she would have been at the vet last night but from what the vet said on the phone, the vomiting is the urgent bit and then they are right to wait overnight to start the vitamin. I did google to see if I could give human vitamin K and you can except that it needs to be done by IV to start with.

*TMI-vomit details*

The vet said to catch the vomit so you can look and see if you can see any of the greeny-blue pellets. Excuse the grossness of this, but when I looked at her vomit there was heaps and it was all bright green and still pretty 'formed' for want of a better word. It didn't look half digested or anything, and I hadn't fed them yet that day, so it looks to me like her tummy was absolutely full of the pellets and then she vomited them all back up in pretty much the same form as when they went down, so fingers crossed I caught her straight after she'd eaten them and no damage has been done. I will know more after the vet though, I'm trying not to get ahead of myself but it's hard!
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#13 nephthys

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:24 AM

QUOTE(~Piper~ @ Jan 6 2012, 08:28 AM) View Post

Thanks girls. I'm so glad to hear that some of your pets have been fine!! I asked the vet how quickly it would affect her and she said symptoms don't show up for 7 days or so but when they do they bleed to death...the active ingredient is an anticoagulant and that's how the rats die, they bleed to death. What nasty stuff, I had no idea or I wouldn't have had it at our place at all. I knew it was toxic to all animals but what a horrific death, even for a rat. I won't be getting it again.

Off topic, but I agree. We had rats at our last place and I bought a packet without reading the box properly. When I saw how long it took for the rodent to die, I immediately discarded it and used traps instead. How horribly inhumane.

Hope the vet appointment goes well today!
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:28 AM

Oh my gosh that the scariest thing I've read. Silly puppies can be too nosey for there own good.

I hope ur puppy will be ok. Big massive hugs, I was a mess when mine swollowed only a few snail pellets, all ended ok for us and I'm sure all will be ok for yours too xxxxx
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:53 AM

I rang the vet and they are calling me back. Usual treatment apparently is to do a blood test 2 days after it's eaten (I guess to determine if any has been ingested) but they are checking whether they should start the vitamin K today without a blood test based on what the vet said to me last night. I'll keep you updated.
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