D-Con Mice/Rat Poison Pellets -- Do You Know What to Do?

My loveable Topaz loves to chase rabbits, squirrels, cats, lizards, frogs, virtually anything that moves fast on the ground.

Friday morning when she caught a mouse on first snap I was so proud of her! -- Until I realized she wasn't going to present me with her "gift." Instead she was savoring it for herself, taking it out to the backyard to finish off.

Then it hit me -- I've got mice/rat pellet poison down in the house and this mouse could have ingested it.

Immediately I managed to convince Topaz to relinquish her "prize." Relief came quickly as I inspected the carcass and noticed no signs of punctures wherein bodily fluids could have been transferred to Topaz, and threw the remains out with the trash. (This was around 6:30 in the morning.)

The rest of the day was normal, work, lunch, home, no visible signs of illness.

Fast forward -- 12:10 a.m., Saturday -- while on the phone with a friend on one of those long, lengthy,
talk-about-nothing chats, I heard an odd noise coming from the kitchen.

Upon entering the room there was Topaz, with both paws holding a package of open D-Con Mice/Rat poison pellets while she's lapping up the little turquoise beads of death as fast as she can and swallowing them whole!

I screamed -- Topaz looked at me very quizzical -- momentarily stopped -- and then continued. I couldn't believe my eyes! With every tongue movement, I could see several -- not just a few -- beads being swallowed.

I grabbed the package away from her as gently as I could, and began reading the back panel. Of course there was the usual fine print that's unreadable, and in my state of mind I wasn't comprehending most of it. Then I got to the part about "If Swallowed By Pet or Animal: Call Veterinarian Immediately for Treatment Services."

Did I look at the clock and say, "I can't wake him up now"? Not only no, but H3LL, NO! Of course I called and woke him up!

First thing he said: "Do you have hydrogen peroxide?"


"Okay, how much does she weigh?"

About 35-40 pounds.

"Let me get my glasses on."

(Hurry! Hurry! -- I'm thinking to myself)

"Give her about 2 tablespoons full."

I've got a monoject cc syringe, how much is that?

"1 cc per pound."

The syringe is 12 cc.

"You want to get 3 syringes of peroxide down her."

Induce vomiting?

"Yes. It will take about 15 minutes. Then bring her in first thing in the morning for a K1 shot. If she doesn't throw up, give me a holler back."

Well, no matter how tired you are, no matter how worn out, no matter how much more you think you just can't handle, when it comes to saving your "child's" life, the energy comes!

I got 2 1/2 syringes of peroxide down her throat, crying with each dose and telling her what a good girl she is, holding her, and letting her know I wasn't meaning to hurt her, and within 3-4 minutes, she was vomiting all over my kitchen floor and I was happpy, so extremely happy I could hardly catch my breath.

I was shocked and horrified at the amount of pellets she had ingested, some were already turning soft and beginning to digest in her system -- (Yes, I inspected the situation closely.)

Well, she vomited until 1:30 in the morning, but I knew she would be okay once she got to nothing left but "bottom fluids." I waited until almost 3:00 before going to bed with her as I wanted to make sure no convulsions, that her breathing/snoring continued, etc.

It's now 9:45 a.m. the morning of this ordeal. We've already been to the vet to get her K1 shot (antidote) and pills she will take for the next week. However, the amount of pellets she ate in the short time she did would have killed her in less than an hour.

At time of this writing, I have no idea where she got the package from, as I thought I had them all placed securely out of the babies' reach. The only thing I can think of is that the mouse she killed had enough in its system, so Topaz got the "taste." Once she had the taste, she recognized the smell, and was persistent in getting to the least secure package of pellets within her ability. Needless to say, all packages have been picked up and thrown away -- another type of "trap" will need to be found for the mice problem, but until then they are the least of my worries.

My advice to anyone reading this -- pass this story on first so that other Corgi, pet, animal owners will know what to have on hand so they can act fast -- and I mean FAST!

Go to your local vet, explain to them what I went through, and purchase a 12 cc Monoject syringe to have on hand. Then go to a store and buy a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide to keep stored close to the syringe. For less than $5, your dog's and/or cat's life may be saved within 10 minutes.

Topaz is doing fine, awake and alert, barking, ate breakfast just fine, and about ready for her morning nap. She;s staying close by my side while Frankie and Dooley go on about playing and romping in the house.

Getting the syringe in her mouth and forcing her to swallow the peroxide wasn't the most pleasant thing to do, but I had to. Watching her vomit was less pleasant, but she had to. All of the unpleasantries go away when you see the spark in their eye and the smile on their face after all is done, and that is the most memorable of all!

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Comment by Linda Brock on October 15, 2009 at 2:43am
Oh my Goodness!!! How horrifying and scary for you! THANKS SO MUCH for letting us know what to do in this situation. I had an aunt that lost a poodle that way.
Comment by Kathryn Graham on September 5, 2009 at 2:55pm
Thanks for posting-- you were so brave and did everything to get the care Topaz needed. I'll bear your story in mind!
Comment by Carlie on September 5, 2009 at 2:27pm
THANK YOU! I'm so happy that she is ok and you reacted so quickly.
Comment by Gus's Dad on September 5, 2009 at 12:47pm
Thanks for posting that. That's important information we should all have.
Comment by Cindi on September 5, 2009 at 11:14am
I'm so thankful that Topaz is okay. So many of us don't even think about the rat or roach killer we put in our houses. For us it was roach killer. I thought I had it out of reach and walked in on Tank playing with it. Thankfully, I got it away before he ingested it! Prayers for your Topaz!

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