Vitamin K Reverses Rat Poison’s Effect on Dogs
Second bleeding episode points to dog’s another rat poison exposure.
Jon Geller, DVM
Q. I live in Mexico, and had a problem a year ago with my 7-year-old Labrador Retriever. He ate rat poison and lost a lot of blood from his nose. My doctor gave him five vitamin K treatments. My dog recovered, but now is bleeding from the nose again.
A. Most rat poison causes bleeding two to four days after it is eaten by dogs. If not treated, most dogs who eat this type of rat poison will bleed out and die. Fortunately, there is an effective treatment, vitamin K, which reverses the poison’s effect. In some cases, the dog may require a transfusion of plasma to get the clotting factors needed to stop the bleeding until the vitamin K can start working. It sounds like your dog was successfully treated with vitamin K injections a year ago.
If your dog is bleeding again, I would be worried that he has gotten into rat poison again. Dogs love the taste of it, and will go to any length to find it. We have had some dogs that have moved refrigerators to get the rat poison underneath.
Try to get him into the vet to get vitamin K treatment started. Vitamin K is also effective as an oral capsule available from most pharmacies.
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