My Veterinarian at The Morton Grove Animal Hospital has issued the following warning:
Recently, the EPA has prohibited the use of long-acting anticoagulant rodenticides (rat/mouse poisons that prevent blood from clotting, causing whoever consumes them to bleed to death). While this ban seems favorable at first glance, the concern is that the new poison, BROMETHALIN, will likely have scarier consequences.
With the older anticoagulant rodenticides, we have time (days) to diagnose and treat your pet. With BROMETHALIN, neurological signs such as depression, seizures, and coma may be seen within 2-24 hours, depending on how much your pet ate. THERE IS NO ANTIDOTE!!!
The most important part of treating BROMETHALIN toxicity is decontamination – making your pet vomit, ideally within 10-15 minutes of ingestion, then giving several does of activated charcoal over 24 hours. Once neurological signs start, hospitalization on IV fluids and medications aimed at decreasing swelling in the central nervous system are necessary. But even this aggressive treatment is no guarantee of a positive outcome.
Because of this new toxin, its extremely important to be aware of your pets surroundings!!! If your pets come in contact with anything questionable...contact your veterinarian immediately!!! and if your veterinarian is not available...have a back up Emergency Veterinarian Hospital on hand! Also, know where they are.
This is very important information! Please pass it on to every pet owner you know!