[NAFEX] Pesky Tree Rats
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Apr 6 09:24:59 EDT 2005
At 05:58 PM 4/5/2005, you wrote:
>Thanks for the warning!
>We have scattered the Rampage packets into areas where only rats or mice
>would be likely to find them. The rats have to gnaw open the package
>themselves and eat in spite of the clearly worded warning that it would
our cats showed no interest in the fallen rats, and dogs didnt
>have access to the bait, so we never faced the problem of pets becoming
>contaminated. Although the product was advertised as safe for
>non-rodents, it doesnt surprise me that direct consumption by small
>mammals (puppies) could lead to problems.
I've not researched it, or spoken with our toxicologist, but I suspect the
'safety' is as you initially described it - secondary consumers(animals
consuming the initially poisoned rats/mice) are relatively safe from
toxicosis - which is definitely not the case with most of the potentiated
anticoagulant baits(brodifacoum, diphacinone,etc.).
I wouldn't consider the Vitamin D analogs to be 'safe' for any non-rodent,
if consumed directly. While the cases of Rampage/Quintox poisoning I've
seen in dogs were mainly in puppies, they weren't necessarily 'small' - one
was a 50-60 lb Lab. And I've also seen reports of the same sort of tissue
mineralization(stomach, kidney, lung) and death in adult swine, when their
ration was mis-formulated, with substitution of Vitamin D concentrate in
place of dicalcium phosphate.
USDA Cold Zone 6
AHS Heat Zone 7
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