Originally Posted by Fancychooklady
The baits interfere with the bodies vit K and prevent the blood clotting, the rodent generally die from a massive internal bleed.
Warfarin itself is tasteless but it's the flavour additives that can make these baits attractive to your dog or cat.
And this, Fancy, is precisely why I will not have any form of bait anywhere near or in my home. As most homes in our area do not have fences, we have to be sure Ruby doesn't sniff out a nice bit of snail ( metaldehyde ) bait to have a taste of when out walking ( while we are perhaps talking to an acquaintance from our little village or whatever ). Gotta be vigiliant - and that is not paranoia.
Just common sense.
Poisons of any form are OUT.... Some manufacturers of rodent and snail bait, have added a substance that is supposed to stop dogs eating it. The jury is still out on that one.
thanks for the info .... and incidentally, new born ( human ) babies are given Vitamin K injections ( even these days ) to prevent a bleeding disorder that can occur. ( haemorrhagic disease of the new born ). So for all ( except me ) - anti-coagulants are a no-no. I have a blood clotting disorder myself, called "Activated Protein C Resistance Factor V Leiden" ... which causes the blood to actually clot much more than is normal ... which results in DVT's, and on one occasion ( before it was discovered ) had me with a pulmonary embolism which I managed to survive. It is an inherited condition and thank God my 3 grown children who had to be checked by blood tests, have not inherited it from me.
So I inject myself every two days with Clexane / enoxaparin ( similar but better than heparin, and certainly waaay better than Warfarin ). I am not permitted to go anywhere near Warfarin, which is commonly used by doctors for DVT's and is the cheapest of all anti-coagulants. The reason being, another medical condition and I get the dearer stuff ... !!
So extreme is the effect of Warfarin, ( too long a time to reverse the effects of it ), that people who are unfortunately on the stuff, have to carry an anti-coagulant alert card ( and / or wear a medi-bracelet denoting Warfarin use ) with them wherever they go, in the case of say - an accident that causes profuse bleeding. It is the least susceptible anti-coagulant to being reversed. I wear a medi-bracelet, to be on the safe side, especially for medications and the injections I have to have.
Grand stuff eh ? .......
Edited by Anniebee - 5/2/16 at 4:46am