Rat & Mouse Poisons (Rodenticides)
Poisoning from rodenticides (mouse and rat poisons) is one of the most common types of toxicities. There are many different types available in a wide variety of colors (green, blue, tan, red, etc.) and formulations (pellets, bait blocks, grain-based baits, etc). Products which look similar and have similar names may contain very different types of poison. Thus, if a dog or cat ingests mouse or rat poison, accurate identification of the active ingredient is crucial as this will determine the risk of poisoning and the need for treatment.
Below are the three most common active ingredients in mouse and rat poisons: If a dog or cat ingests one of these poisons, call your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline immediately! Rapid action can often save a life and prevent the need for costly medical care.