FAQs About Your New Rat Poison

If you have some questions about the best rat poison, don’t worry. The following section outlines some of the most frequently asked questions about rat poison. If you have a question that isn’t addressed, contact the rodenticide’s manufacturer or your local poison control center.

Q. How does rat poison work?

There are a few types of rat poisons. Some overload the bloodstream with calcium to shut down rats’ organs. Other poisons kill rodents slowly over the course of a few feedings. Some rat poisons use anticoagulants to cause internal bleeding.

Q. How long does it take to kill rats with poison?

Fast-acting poisons can kill a rat with a single night’s feeding, but it may take two or three days before the rat dies. Slow-acting poisons may take a feeding or two and can take four or five days before the rat dies.

Q. What if my pet eats rat poison?

If your pet eats rat poison, call your veterinarian right away. The sooner your pet is treated, the less likely it is that permanent damage will occur. If at all possible, identify the active ingredient in the poison (or bring the poison’s container with you) so the vet can administer proper care.

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