Dan­ger for dogs

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

SHARE YOUR VIEWS: Letters to the edi­tor can be emailed to edi­to­rial@south­bur­nett­times.com.au or mailed to PO Box 312, Kingaroy, Qld, 4610. All letters are sub­ject to edit­ing. Anony­mous letters will not be pub­lished.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.