Rat poisoning in dogs: save a life
Anticoagulant rodenticides are among the most common poisoning cases that a companion animal vet will encounter. This presentation will take you through how to correctly diagnose and treat such cases, whether they present acutely or in the later stages when they are haemorrhaging. In the bleeding patient, discussion regarding differential diagnoses and diagnostic investigations are made, including a review of the various clotting tests and blood products available. Finally a brief overview of non-anticoagulant type rodenticides is discussed.
- understanding common pitfalls in identification of rodenticide toxicity cases and their treatment
- knowing how long to treat for and how to safely stop treatment
- being aware of the differential diagnoses in the bleeding patient and how to utilise diagnostic testing appropriately
- understanding what blood products to use for the haemorrhaging patient with a clotting deficiency