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Posted on 10-13-2014
It's that time of year....cold weather is moving in and so are rodents! These pesky critters can squeeze through the tiniest of holes in our houses, and we really don't like sharing living quarters with them. So, what do we do? We set out poison to exterminate them. This "bait" for rats and mice is usually coated with molasses, which is what makes it attractive to the rodents; unfortunately, it also makes it attractive to our pets! Good news, however, is that there is an antidote available; it is most effective if it's started immediately after ingestion.
So, when thinking about setting out rat bait, be sure to keep your pets and their curious natures in mind. And, after picking a safe place, be sure to check it daily to make sure that your dog or cat has not found it and helped themselves. If you even remotely think that they have ingested the poison, contact our office immediately at 913-649-0440. If it is after hours at Cherokee, call one of the 2 emergency clinics in the area: Blue Pearl is located in Overland Park (913-642-9563) and VCA is located in Mission (913-722-5566). No matter where you take your pet, be sure to take the box (or whatever is left) of poison with you so that the veterinarians know exactly what was ingested.
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