Vitamin K Reverses Rat Poison’s Effect on Dogs

Second bleeding episode points to dog’s another rat poison exposure.


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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tammy   Indianapolis, Indiana

6/4/2016 8:19:26 PM

My mini labradoodle was taken to hosp last night they said it was rat poisoning and started her on vitamin a k problem is we have no poisons around I don't even keep cleaning supply down low..I'm so worried about her.

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Aja   guelph, Florida

6/4/2015 7:26:11 PM

My dog licked small amount of rat poison it is pink powder called ratoxin, she's a mother of 6 puppies they are 6 days old what should I do, so far I separate her from the puppies it is late night.

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Yavor   International

3/14/2015 4:50:52 AM

Hello everyone. Veterinary care is the best option, if you don't have the money try to get a delayed payment (pay later or in pieces), or get in touch with animal protection groups/associations. I really hope your dogs recover. Best of luck!

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AC   Roma, International

1/20/2015 9:29:43 PM

My dog has lost a great amount of blood through his mouth he can't get up he is week I gave him peda lite and peroxide he did throw up but he's still very week and he can barely walk I can't take him to the vet it's very expensive I am currently struggling financially what can I do to save his life?

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