Holiday Rodenticide Warning

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Holiday Rodenticide Warning

As we approach the holiday period, calls to the Animal Poisons Helpline are on the rise. Many of us will be are aware of the additional poison risks Christmas brings for our pets, such as chocolate, alcohol, macadamia nuts or even button batteries.

This holiday period we would like to highlight the dangers of rat and mouse bait poisoning through Banjo’s story.

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Many of the calls we receive over the holiday period are in regards to pets ingesting rodenticides at a friends or family members house, or a holiday home. This is because the baits at these locations are often not removed or appropriately secured before the animal visits the property. Dogs in particular are attracted to these baits, which are often grain based. The bittering agents which are added to many of the baits do not seem to prevent dogs from eating them.

Pets that ingest these baits may be at risk of bleeding, which can be life-threatening. After eating these baits, pets will usually remain without signs for several days before developing potentially life-threatening bleeding. This can provide a false sense of reassurance to the pet owner. In the case of any ingestion, immediate professional advice from the Animal Poisons Helpline or your veterinarian is required.

If you are using rodenticides in or around your property, please ensure that they are ALWAYS kept out of reach from pets. If you do not currently have a pet, do not forget to remove or appropriately secure baits if you have visiting pets during the festive period.

If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.

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