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The text is old, but the information may still be of interest:

Symptoms of poisoning with an anticoagulant rodenticide:

* Any signs of abnormal or prolonged bleeding
* Could see bleeding around the nostrils
* Depression
* Laboured or noisy breathing (poisoned birds will frequently bleed into the lungs)
* Possible bruising seen on the skin.

Treatment (vet required):

Minimise stress which will increase bleeding into the lungs.
Give 2mg/kg water-soluble vitamin K, I.M. and 20mg/kg prednisolone succinate IM. Immediately place the bird in a dark environment heated to approximately 80 to 85 degrees F and do not check or disturb for at least two hours. Repeat treatment every four to eight hours until the bird is stable. Once the bird is stable, measure the time it takes for the blood to clot in a nonheparinized capillary tube. Continue supplementation by giving a multivitamin preparation that contains vitamin K in the drinking water.

Note: In some cases the birds can be too stressed to attempt intravenous therapy.

Summarised from: Harrison & Harrison (1986) Clinical Avian Medicine and Surgery.

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The most important thing that is missing from that info is the timing. It will take 3-5 days to see clinical signs so if you see a chook eat it and its "still alive in the morning so it must be ok" you are likely to have a dead chook later in the week.

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Secondary poisoning can affect wildlife as well.

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Potent New Rat Poisons Killing California Wildlife

Outside Palm Desert, a young bobcat dies mysteriously at a nature preserve. South of Nevada City, a farmer finds an owl dead near his decoy shed.

In San Rafael, a red-shouldered hawk bleeds heavily from its mouth and nose before succumbing at an animal care center.

Each of those incidents shares a link to a widely used toxin that is turning up at dangerous levels in wildlife across California: rat poison.

April 2011


http://wdin.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

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