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Puppy poisoning

Postby Anemone of the State » May 27th, 2012, 1:04 am

Today the pups played outside for awhile, and then I brought them in for an afternoon nap, and was doing some work when I heard a thrashing around in the kennel of the girl pup (the one on the right). I tried to get her to come out but she didn't, and I quickly realized to my horror that she couldn't stand, and was having tremors or a seizure or something. I got her to an emergency vet (Same one that put Sampson down a month and a half ago), but it isn't looking too optimistic. They got her to barf out a lot of green pellets, so this could be consistent with rodent poison or damn crap the wife puts on the roses. This is the sweet cuddly one who I probably have bonded to more. I think it will be a miracle if she survives this.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby MickAv8r » May 27th, 2012, 1:14 am

That sucks man - green pellets definitely sounds like rat poison. Neighbors yard maybe? I assume they have the pup on Vit K treatment now?
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Anemone of the State » May 27th, 2012, 1:16 am

Not sure exactly what is going on treatment-wise. I will go back in an hour or so.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby cjdevito » May 27th, 2012, 1:16 am

Good luck, I hope she pulls through. Same weekend I was hospitalized back in february, my shih-tzu puppy was undergoing emergency surgery and blood transfusions to deal with the zinc poisoning she was sufferring from after ingesting a penny. Vet gave her only about 30% chance of recovering, but she did. Puppies can be amazingly resilient.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Anemone of the State » May 27th, 2012, 1:18 am

A penny can do that? It is a miracle any of these survive.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby cjdevito » May 27th, 2012, 1:23 am

Anemone of the State wrote:A penny can do that? It is a miracle any of these survive.


Pennies are made mostly of zinc these days, which is midly toxic to dogs. Not really a problem for most dogs even if they eat them, but my little girl is so small the penny never managed to pass from her stomach. It must have been in there upwards of a month without us knowing. Her stomach acid had dissolved over 70% of the penny by the time it was removed.... nothing left but the rim and a little bit inside of that.

The zinc wipes out their red blood cells, she had practically none left. But once the penny was out of her system, she was able to start producing them again on her own. combined with two blood transfusions in two days, she was home within a week.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Anemone of the State » May 27th, 2012, 1:32 am

Glad it had a happy ending.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Lawdawg » May 27th, 2012, 6:04 am

All I can say is I am so very sorry :(
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby tangirl » May 27th, 2012, 7:25 am

Oh, I'm so sorry. How awful.

Keep us posted. Poor baby.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby _Andy » May 27th, 2012, 7:55 am

Damn I hate to hear that - puppies are pretty resilient.

Have you searched the yard to see if you can find where the stuff is coming from? Vole and Mole poison area also green like rat poison - do you have a yard service?

Vitamin K is used when there are clotting issues form the poison.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby _Andy » May 27th, 2012, 8:11 am

Doing a little research in my books and online there seems to be a blood test for rat poison. It can take a few days for dogs to have symptoms - look for bright green dog poop and later bleeding eyes, rectum, gums, or coughing/trouble breathing.

Snail/slug bait (Metaldehyde) seems to be more serious problem.

I hope she gets over this soon Bill.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby knowse » May 27th, 2012, 9:15 am

OMG! I had a sweet sheltie named Maggie that died from poisoning! Good luck for your little girl pup making it...and I'm envious that you have emergency vets available where you are. We don't. :evil:
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Guy » May 27th, 2012, 9:46 am

Damn, I'm so sorry your family is going through this. I hope you caught it in time.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby The Escaped Ape » May 27th, 2012, 9:47 am

What others have said. A horrible experience and I hope the pup pulls through. :(
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby coprolite » May 27th, 2012, 10:09 am

Oh god, I'm so sorry Bill :cry:
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Anemone of the State » May 27th, 2012, 10:18 am

Well, she is still alive, but not much better...

That is all I know right now.

We never found the source of the poison, and we haven't used any ourselves. However, we have only lived here 2.5 years, so you never know what has been around before.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Anemone of the State » May 27th, 2012, 10:21 am

_Andy wrote:Doing a little research in my books and online there seems to be a blood test for rat poison. It can take a few days for dogs to have symptoms - look for bright green dog poop and later bleeding eyes, rectum, gums, or coughing/trouble breathing.


This was acute, and was still in her stomach. So I am guessing this isn't rat poison, but obviously don't know for sure.

Snail/slug bait (Metaldehyde) seems to be more serious problem.

I hope she gets over this soon Bill.


That was the first thing they thought it was, but we used something called Sluggo which is non-toxic to pets. Again, there could have been crap left over, but the previous owners had two dogs, so I still haven't a clue. I will go looking (again) under the deck as soon as there is enough light this morning.

I had about 15 minutes of sleep last night and had a nightmare about my daughter dying in a juvenile detention facility.

I think I will probably need a team of 8 shrinks to straighten me out after this ends.
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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby minime » May 27th, 2012, 10:50 am

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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby gottaknow » May 27th, 2012, 11:12 am

So sorry Bill. Sheesh.

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Re: Puppy poisoning

Postby Unarce » May 27th, 2012, 11:13 am

I hope she pulls through :(
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