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Rodenticide Poisoning in Cats

By: Dr. Ann Marie Manning

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Prevent exposure to the poisons. Do not place any type of rodenticide in areas that are accessible to pets. Remember that cats are capable of squeezing into tight spaces and jumping to elevated spots where you might think to place a rodenticide.

If rodenticide poisoning is witnessed or suspected, take your cat to a veterinarian for treatment immediately. If you anticipate the trip to the veterinarian's office will take longer than one hour, call ahead for tips to induce vomiting at home.

Bring any rodenticide containers and labels to your veterinarian for ingredient identification. This allows proper treatment to be initiated immediately and effectively.

Administer any prescribed medications such as Vitamin K as directed by your veterinarian. Give only the Vitamin K that is directed by your veterinarian. The Vitamin K from health food store is different and will not help your cat. Give the Vitamin K for the full length as determined by your veterinarian as bleeding my reoccur if stopped to soon (often 2 to 5 weeks). Follow-up for repeat blood testing. It is recommended to repeat a clotting time 48 hours after the last dose of vitamin K1 to ensure that the toxin is out of your pets system.

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