Veterinary Alert

We’ve had a late start to the day as Maggie had her follow up appointment with the vet today, so I’m playing catch up on my blog this afternoon.

We were fifteen minutes early for our appointment, and could have seen the other vet, but as we wanted continuance, we declined and waited for our designated time.
The girls on reception are chatty and friendly. They are also proficient, efficient and professional in a crisis.

The phone rang, and after a couple of questions and notes, the call was disconnected. Discreetly and quietly the computer was consulted when it transpired that one, if not two dogs, had eaten rat poison.
The other vet and a nurse prepared a room and within five minutes, two frantic owners rushed in with dogs in arms and the box from which the poison came. This was taken by one of the receptionists and ingredients checked as the dogs were weighed then ushered straight into a consulting room.
Had there only been one vet available, we would gladly have let them go ahead of us, and if our vet of choice had been free, again we would have given them priority.

The surgery was thus running a little late, but not by hours, when a guy came in with a large dog. It was explained to him that they were a little behind because they’d had an emergency and there were two appointments ahead of him.
He was not pleased and left reception with his dog to wait in his car. Not knowing the circumstances of his visit, I thought his actions a little abrupt, but there you go.

Hubby used to deal with pest control and was always aware of the type of poisons he used. He said most rat poisons are warfarin based, and because everyone acted so quickly, it is likely both dogs were given a high dosage of vitamin K to counteract the effect of warfarin and they should be OK. Of course we won’t actually know as our business is concluded now until her jabs are due in March.

For Maggie though, there was one stitch that hadn’t quite dissolved so the vet removed it. She yelped but didn’t seem to hold it against him. Hubby and I had left it alone since her surgery, but the wound is healing nicely with just a little remaining swelling. We are well pleased though and know we were right to get it done. The vet seemed pleased too.
Whilst we were there, we mentioned her mishap yesterday and how we had treated it, believing it to be arthritis in her front leg that she had just caught wrong. He said that we were doing all the right things and she’s moving a lot better today, though we have given her a small dose of metacam to take the edge off any pain. Should we need some more, we can request it over the phone for collection and won’t have to see the vet as it’s already in her notes that we’ve had it before and why. Obviously though if we have any cause for concern, we’ll get her examined.
No long walks for a couple of days anyway, and she’s sleeping now.
Hopefully the other dogs are OK too.
Photo: May 2016 on the boat.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
This entry was posted in animals and pets, Dogs, health, Maggie and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

29 Responses to Veterinary Alert

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Wow, those dogs’ owners must have been terrified. Very scary. You have to be SO careful. I was always paranoid about plants and flowers with my cats. So many are poisonous for cats (much more than for dogs), I got to the point where I didn’t have any in my house because I was just too neurotic about it.

    • I have to confess I never realised the dangers of houseplants to cats before I read it on a blog. Hubby was always careful with the rat poisons he used putting it well out of sight and reach of anywhere Maggie used to frequent. He preferred a pasta bait which he’d cover and the rats would take it back to the nest to feed the young.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        A lot of people don’t realize is, you have to take the same precautions with pets that you take with children.

      • As you know, Maggie is my baby, but when I had kids in the house I was always careful about detergents and bleaches. These days, so many are pretty colours and shapes, it’s not surprising some think they’re sweets.
        My aunt’s dog had a passion for the washing powder. It was a wonder he didn’t fart and become airborne. Eventually she put it on top of a cupboard rather than under the sink.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        We can’t be too careful. Maggie is lucky she has such loving and conscientious humans.

      • Likewise for the dog owners today as they reacted quickly

      • fransiweinstein says:


  2. colinandray says:

    That created memories of this:
    When I was researching for “The Odessa Chronicles”, I learned that the Barn Owl population was being decimated in the UK because of the rampant and uncontrolled use of rat poison. The problem was that people will bate for rats, but will not monitor the effects. i.e. they just keep baiting. When there are no rats to take the bait, the mice and other rodents take it …. which then impacts the food chain of Barn Owls …. and any dog that is highly food driven!
    I cannot decide whether we are developing into a very sad and totally self-absorbed species, or whether we are just lazy … or ignorant. Perhaps a combination of all those things?

    • I know exactly what you mean Colin. Hubby preferred to use the rifle rather than poisons for similar reasons. Our hedgehog population is dwindling again due to gardeners using slug pellets. We get rid of one problem only to produce another more serious one.

  3. Mws R says:

    Glad she is doing alright

  4. Cody used to eat stones when she was a puppy, but fortunately, she never got into any pest poison. An emergency vet visit with one dog is hard enough, I can’t imagine having to take two. (PS – I’m glad Maggie is doing well.)

    • There was no question of any delay in getting the dogs the attention they needed. The owners knew that one dog had definitely eaten it, and weren’t sure about the other, so played safe. It certainly gave us confidence in the vets practice we have chosen now. There was no delay whatsoever from the time the phone call ended to their arrival five minutes later.

  5. When we had our mouseageddon, I refused to use bait. Cats can get anywhere and although they are picky about what they eat (more so than dogs) I didn’t want to take a chance. It took a little longer to take care of the mice but everything was humane. (except for the two that Morgan killed) So glad that Maggie is done and let’s hope it’s gone and doesn’t come back.

    • Cats can get into the tiniest spaces. Lucky for us, Hubby only used the bait outside as we lived in the country and wanted to keep the rats from coming into the house. We never actually had a problem indoors with rodents, though rats usually had a single introduction to the air rifle.

    • Oh, and Maggie is doing great, thanks. We hope it won’t come back, but if it does, at least it won’t be on a scale of what has just been removed as all being well, the vet will be able to do something about it.

  6. You are blessed and I’m so happy to hear the saga has continued to be wonderful. It’s sad about those two dogs that ate the rat poison, but the owner hopefully will be more aware of what’s around ‘at dog level’.

  7. scifihammy says:

    A few years ago someone from my dog class lost their Staffie because it ate the rat poison he had put out, supposedly in a place the dog could not reach. I commend the swift action of all concerned at your vets. I totally agree with you and never mind waiting for people with emergencies, or those having to have their pets euthanised (they are shown right through with no waiting).
    Glad to hear that Maggie is doing well. Hopefully she’ll bounce back again 🙂

    • It is so sad when you lose a pet for whatever reason as we both know. Hubby much preferred to use the rifle on rats and only used the pasta bait once under the big shed at the bottom of the garden.
      Maggie seems much more fluid in her movement today, so the hot water bottle and metacam yesterday helped her joints. We don’t know exactly what happened, but one minute she was trotting along the prom and the next she cried out in pain and couldn’t put any weight on her front leg. We checked her over, and an elderly couple were very concerned about her (bless them). I walked the mile back to get the car whilst Hubby walked her a little further to the cafe where he could wait for me.

      • scifihammy says:

        This happens to LM too. She stopped short in the middle of the road once and I had to pick her up and carry her to the kerb. In LM’s case I’m sure it is arthritis and an osteophyte she has in her wrist. I think she just jars it now and then. I rub her leg and we can then hobble on home. Like you say, extra inflammatory and pain meds, and rest.
        I hope Maggie is feeling better. 🙂

      • Thanks Sci. We’ve walked her three times today, nothing too long, but when you add it up, it equates to almost a mile and a half. She tired on her second walk, so we had a rest before coming home. We give her a little massage too and that helps. Last night she slept practically all the way through the night, so she must have been comfortable and in no pain (and I did manage to secure sufficient of the bed myself!)
        Hope LM is doing OK too bless her.

      • scifihammy says:

        It is strange how suddenly older dogs can become afflicted with arthritis. Still, we keep them as comfy as possible.
        LM’s walks are very slow and short these days, but she’ll still chase a squirrel out of her garden! 🙂

      • I know what you mean. Maggie will see a gull or crow on the beach and forgets she’s not a pup anymore.

  8. Glad to hear that Maggie’s doing okay. Hopefully the other two are well and good too!

  9. foguth says:

    Hope the dogs recover and the owners have learned that poisons need to be as secure from pets as they do from toddlers. (We literally keep ours under lock and key in a shed.)

Comments are closed.