What are signs of rat poisoning in dogs?

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Dr. Debra – my dog is acting funny. What are signs of eating rat poison?

Angie B. Williamsburg, VA

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Dear Angie,

Thanks for your email and question. You asked what are signs of ingestion of rat poison (rat or mouse product poisoning).

The answer is that it depends on the type of rat poison ingested. One common type (often called an anti-coagulant rodenticide) interferes with blood clotting and common signs are lethargy, weakness, trouble breathing or bleeding. Another type can interfere with brain function and can cause seizures or abnormal mentation. At toxic doses – all of the rat poisons are bad.

If your dog got into rat poison, I'd recommend that you get the container and call your vet as soon as possible. If your vet is closed – call your local emergency clinic.

An article that might be helpful is Rodenticide Poisoning in Dogs.

Best of luck,

Dr. Debra



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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.