Danger for dogs
IS YOUR dog or cat at risk from rodent poisons? A vet at the University of Adelaide has reported that the number of dogs being poisoned by rat baits quadrupled in May.
Baits use smell to attract rats and mice, and dogs also find this smell irresistible and will eat any baits they find.
While cats are less likely to eat random baits, they can also suffer horrible deaths if they find and eat a poisoned rodent.
Symptoms of poisoning include bleeding in the urine and faeces or from the mouth, nose and any cuts — as well as pale gums, increased respiratory rate and lethargy.
Rat bait contains anti-clotting agents, which mean the pet can bleed to death internally.
Poisons, glue traps, and other lethal measures are horribly cruel, and killing rodents won’t keep mice or rats away for long and can actually result in a temporary spike in the food supply, causing remaining rodents to accelerate their breeding.
This creates a vicious killing cycle in which many animals will suffer. To keep your home or business rodent-free over the long term, you’ll need to contain all food sources and prevent mice and rats from accessing areas where they are not wanted. — DESMOND BELLAMY PETA Australia
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