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  • So my dog ate an ant poison container...

    Well, actually, he ate TWO of them.

    And yes, we've already talked with the emergency vet, who was more concerned about him ingesting that much hard plastic than the poison itself and said he would be fine.

    He's ~50lb of joyful, obsessively devoted, squeaky tennis-ball-loving border collie.

    He *will* indeed be fine, right? It's been a few hours, and I can't say he's acting any weirder than normal, other than maybe a little extra slobber. He's drinking normally and tried to convince me that he ought to get a second dinner, so I think his appetite is ok.

  • #2
    Will send some jingles his way! That is a crazy pic of him too! lol

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    • #3
      My sheltie/border collie ate 4 ant traps. I still don't know how he got to them,
      as they were shoved in places I didn't think he could get to.

      I called the 800 number on the box, and they told me that it was such a small
      amount of poisen for the size of the dog that I didn't have to worry. (he is 45-50 lbs) They said the same thing - to worry more about the plastic. They said that dogs get
      them quite often as they have peanut butter in them, which the dogs cannot

      I called my vet, and he said to keep a close eye on him and if he showed ANY
      signs of discomfort or stress to bring him right in (and that he would likely throw the
      plastic up)

      He ended up throwing up bits of plastic a few times but that was it, he was fine
      otherwise. He's puke then go back to begging LOL.

      Silly me has learned to never use those bait traps, no matter how well tucked away
      or out of reach I think they really are.


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by Roxyllsk View Post
        Silly me has learned to never use those bait traps, no matter how well tucked away
        or out of reach I think they really are.
        Mr. Heinz put them out and said he put them under some magazines "so he wouldn't find them". It was well-intentioned, but apparently he didn't realize that these things need to be completely inaccessible.

        No puking on our part last night, I doubt if he actually ate much of the plastic, probably just chewed it into little pieces and left it.


        • #5
          One of our Dobies got into one or two of these; pretty much just chewed up the plastic & spit it out. We watched her closely for a few days, but nada - just life as usual.

          I'd keep an eye on your dog, but unless she ingested the plastic without chewing it up first, I doubt anything unpleasant will happen.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
            Mr. Heinz put them out and said he put them under some magazines "so he wouldn't find them". It was well-intentioned, but apparently he didn't realize that these things need to be completely inaccessible.

            No puking on our part last night, I doubt if he actually ate much of the plastic, probably just chewed it into little pieces and left it.
            I had them BEHIND a bookcase. I mean I pushed them back there with a yardstick from the side, there was no 'underneath' as it sits on the floor. Little stinker must have hooked his paw behind it from the side and pulled it out. There was no other way to get to it. Oh well, lesson learned.

            Glad to hear your pup is doing okay today.


            • #7
              Glad to hear your pup is doing well.

              One note of caution...if he did ingest some plastic with ouchy edges after being chewed, please do keep your eyes wide open for symptoms of GI distress even weeks from now.

              My dog ingested a small vertebra (probably a squirrel) and off and on for a few months he'd go off food for a day, maybe have some loose stools, but nothing major. It wasn't until he spiked a fever and was really sick that we realized what had happened.

              The vertebrae had made it through the stomach. But once in the small intestine, it scraped along and periodically would be painful or cause irritation. Eventually though, it perforated his intestine and he became septic. (after damaging a lot of intestine as it scraped along)

              This resulted in removing 30 cm of small intestine and an anastomosis procedure with several days of hospitalization to the tune of about 8k.

              Hopefully, it will be nothing. But even if he seems well in the next few days or weeks, keep an eye out.
              A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

              Might be a reason, never an excuse...


              • #8
                What was the active ingredient?


                • #9
                  My Aussie (65 lbs) ate an entire 5 lb bag of Amdro once. He was about 4. I just had him put down in may at the ripe old age of 16. He never as much as farted.
                  "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


                  • #10
                    I suspect the dog will be fine. About 10 years ago, our ACD managed to find several ant traps that my husband had put under the stove, and she ate them (they have peanut butter flavoring!). I made a panicky call to ASPCA Poison Control and they told me the same thing your emergency vet said...there is not enough poison in an ant trap (even several ant traps) to hurt a dog, but to watch out for the sharp plastic. We kept an eye on ACD for a couple of weeks..watching for signs of GI damage from the plastic passing. She was, and still is, fine. ACD is 16 now and the ant traps certainly won't be what gets her . I'm starting to think she'll live forever, but arthritis is catching up with her.


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by animaldoc View Post
                      What was the active ingredient?
                      Indoxa...something or other. He still seems normal, at least for himself.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                        Indoxa...something or other. He still seems normal, at least for himself.
                        Indoxacarb - very high LD50 (like a dog would have to eat the contents of dozens of bait stations a day for three months), so the biggest concern with that one is a foreign body ingestion from the plastic. Glad to hear he's doing well....