My dog has eaten rat poison
Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:01 AM
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
Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:26 PM
Hope it work s out well for you all.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:20 AM
I noticed within about 1hour (saw an empty packet laying about) and stressed out majorly.
I induced vomiting by getting a pump bottle full of salt water and opening her mouth and squeezing the bottle so she swallowed the water. she then vomited lots of green/ blue rat poison. i did that few times ( i felt like the devil as my pup obviously didn't know why i was doing this horrible thing)
We then took her to the vet the next day and they gave us vitamin k. The vet said we had 3-4 days to get the vitamin k before it started doing the damage and she would have died.
She's completely fine now :-)
Ps. i think getting the vitamin k and our appointment at the vet was only around $100.
Also i searched everywhere for human vitamin k - i couldn't find it. i even asked the pharmacist and they didn't think it existed.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:35 AM
Good news! We had our appt yesterday afternoon and they have started her on a course of vitamin K for 4 weeks. At the end of the 4 weeks she will need a blood test to check her clotting times are back to normal. Usually they would do a blood test at the start to see if any was eaten but because we know for sure she did eat some, we don't need one at the start. I think I will take our Lab for one though even though I'm 99% sure he didn't eat any, better safe than sorry.
My experience was very similar to yours, Rain. Down to eating two whole packets of the stuff! The vet said that a dog's clotting factors stay normal for 3 or 4 days, and then the poison starts working and disables the clotting factors and they start bleeding after that. But getting the vitamin K in straight away neutralises the poison and her clotting factors will continue working as they should. Phew! I am so relieved, I can't even tell you. I was thinking the worst because she is 13 and not in great health, but I think all the horror stories I was reading on Google about needing blood transfusions etc happen when you don't realise they've eaten it and they just start bleeding uncontrollably.
And it wasn't expensive at all, the consultation was $55 and the tablets $77. The blood test will be about $50.
Thanks for the support girls! I am very pleased to report a happy ending.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:19 PM
Our dogs (Shetland Sheepdogs) were poisoned late in 2010 (we think deliberately, as we have no rodent or snail poison anywhere). By the time we found them they were both unable to walk with their back halves paralysed. Our little 4kg dog was much worse than our 12kg dog, for two reasons, 1. obviously a much smaller dog and 2. she is a bit agro over food and would have fought and stolen anything from the bigger dog.
They both had an overnight stay at the emergency animal hospital and then our bigger girl had one night at our regular vet and our little girl another 3. I'm not 100% sure of the treatments they had, all up the vet bill for both dogs was around $2500.
Thankfully, both girls seem to have made a full recovery. The vets didn't think our little girl was going to survive the first night. They haven't ruled out that there may be some permanent underlying organ (liver/kidney) damage that we won't find out about until later in life.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:03 PM
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