Bundy

Bundy is a Rat bait Toxicity survivor
Bundy is a Rat Bait Toxicity Survivor

Bundy was seen by the team at Kooringal Veterinary Hospital after a swelling developed over her shoulder and had become lethargic. Upon examination, it was noted that her gums were pale and that the swelling was caused by bleeding under the skin. Upon further probing, it was confirmed that Bundy was experiencing symptoms of rodenticide (rat bait) poisoning. The poison she had consumed was brodifacoum, a highly potent anitcoagulant poison. With this poison, symptoms may take from 3-10 days to develop after ingestion and can also occur after ingestion of a poisoned mouse - it is that toxic. The poison prevents the blood from clotting and results in life threatening bleeding, as in the case with Bundy who lost more than half of her red blood cells! Thankfully, there is an antidote and so Bundy received intensive care over the course of 3 days, carefully monitoring for bleeding and her red blood cell concentrations. Bundy made a fast recovery and is now going home to her loving parents but will need to continue receiving the antidote for at least the next 4-6 weeks since the poison remains in the body for extended periods. It is important to keep rat baits away from the reach of pets and in places where mice can't drag the baits out in the open (e.g. a mouse could knock a bait off a high shelf). If witnessed ingestion occurs, it is critical to present your pet to a veterinarian immediately for treatment as symptoms may in some cases take several days to develop. There are a number of types of rat bait so it is important to note the active ingredient in order for your veterinarian to provide the appropriate treatment