Depending on the kind of rat poisoning your dog ate
There are several types of mouse and rat poisons out there, and they are often sold under the same brand name while having different active ingredients. The important thing to keep in mind is that these poisons all work by different mechanisms of action, and many veterinarians aren’t even aware of these different types!
Unfortunately, there’s no way to physically tell which type of rat poison was ingested without seeing the label or box — after all, most of these come in a green, blue, pink, or tan color, and in pelleted or block form. When in doubt, have the box with the active ingredients and the EPA-REG number listed on it (the latter is required to be on the original container) and readily available at all times; this will allow your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline to know the exact active ingredient in the mouse and rat poison.
The four common mouse and rat poisons include types that cause:
•Internal bleeding (e.g., warfarin, bromadiolone, brodifacoum, etc.)
•Brain swelling (e.g., bromethalin)
•Elevated calcium and secondary acute kidney failure (e.g., cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3)
•Gastrointestinal bloating and potential organ failure (e.g., zinc phosphide)
Depending on which one your dog ate will determine how it is handled. Call your vet IMMEDIATELY with the information of which poison your dog ate, he may want you to induce vomiting, which by the way is only beneficial for one of the four types of poisons. Inducing vomiting when your dog has ingested one of the remaining 3 is more harmful. And do NOT feed your dog during this time unless instructed by the vet to do so.
Pack up your dog and get to the vets or emergency vet hospital time is of the essence!
Hopefully your dog ate the kind of poison that is treated with an antidote.
Please go around your home and pick up ALL poisons and anything that can be toxic to any animal and DISPOSE of it proper. Do NOT allow it to get into the environment or any water drain system.