Pet Insurance Australia has warned of the dangers of rodent baiting to pets, after a recent claim for rodent bait toxicity reached $17,653.

As the weather cools, more rodents enter domestic residents around Australia, leading to a higher number of claims for rodent bait toxicity in pets.

Nadia Crighton, from Pet Insurance Australia, said they strongly advise that if you have a rodent issue in your home or pet-friendly workplace to call in the professionals.

“Accidental poisoning due to rat bait is a major problem around this time of year, and pet owners need to be vigilant to avoid disaster.”

Pet Insurance Australia notices an uptrend in claims from May to August, with another peak occurring during January – a possible indication that old forgotten baits have been dislodged and found by curious canines.  

“As the cold weather strikes, the prevalence of mice in the home certainly increases. Understandably, many Australians will be looking for the quick fix option and utilising rodent baits, but as the demand increases to poison these unwanted critters, we also see an increase in the number of claims for toxicity in pets.”

Rodenticide, more commonly referred to as ‘rat bait’, can contain chemicals that are harmful to rodents such as anticoagulants or other poisons.

“However, when ingested by dogs, rat bait can have severe consequences and pose a significant risk to their health.”

Symptoms of rat bait poisoning include:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pale gums
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Jaundice

Crighton said that prompt treatment can significantly improve the chances of a positive outcome for your pet.

“If you suspect that your dog has ingested rat bait or any other toxic substance, it is crucial to seek immediate veterinary care.

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