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Autumn and winter see the annual
migration of rats and mice into houses
and the laying of poison to control them.
The poisons are in a fatty base which
attracts rodents but also attracts dogs.
It is important that rat bait is stored and
laid so that it not accessible to dogs.
The rat baits in common use are wafarin
based. Wafarin is an anti-coagulant
that antagonizes vitamin K which is
an essential vitamin for the production
of 4 of the 12 blood clotting factors.
Following ingestion there is a lag phase of
several days in which the clotting factors
in the blood are all used up and then the
blood clotting time starts to increase.
Dogs affected with rat bait poison can
bleed from many different places and
the signs we see are dependent on where
that is. The bleeding may be obvious and
seen from the mouth, in urine or faeces.
Some dogs develop difficulty breathing
due to bleeding in their respiratory tract,
lameness due to bleeding into their joints
and muscles, or swellings over the body
due to bleeding under the skin. On some
occasions dogs come to us collapsed and
very pale with blood loss into the abdomen
or chest where it is not easily seen.
Treatment of dogs with rat bait poisoning
can be challenging and always involves
supplementation with high doses of
vitamin K, which must be continues
for 3-4 weeks to allow time for the
wafarin in the dogs body to be removed.
From the time that Vitamin K is
administered it takes about 8 hours for new
clotting factors to start being produced.
In dogs with severe blood loss that is too
long and they need a blood transfusion to
allow them to survive that long.
Prevention is always the best option which
means safe storage and laying of rat baits.
Dogs can be determined scavengers and
will find rat bait that owners thought was
well hidden. In some cases of poisoning
the source is not found and we presume
dogs have scavenged it from neighbours
A common situation we are presented
with is a dog which has been found
to have eaten rat bait but is still well.
If ingestion was recent we usually induce
vomiting with a drug called apomorphine.
Because of the lag-phase between
ingestion and symptoms developing
we cannot be sure that dogs like this
have not had a toxic dose. In these cases
we take a blood sample 36-48 hours
after ingestion, for a clotting test at
the lab. At this time laboratory tests of
clotting times from poisoned animals
will be prolonged but not enough for
spontaneous bleeding to occur, so we
can start them on Vitamin K in time.
If the blood clotting time is normal at
this stage we can feel comfortable that
they have not absorbed a toxic dose and
no treatment is required.
Companion Animal Vet
Owaka country singer Ron
Gallagher came away with
success from the Gore Gold
Singing in the traditional
country section he had the
most points of those over-60
from the Gore Country Club,
which had 11 entries.
Mr Gallagher also backed 10
acts including the winner of
one of the traditional
Items from old shipwrecks in
The Catlins found by diver
Michael Brown in the 1970s
are now part of the collection
of the Owaka Museum.
Mr Brown recently donated
three portholes and their
surrounds and fittings from
the ship Surat, which struck a
reef and sank off the coast
on New Year's Eve, 1873.
He also found an anchor
thought to be from the first
recorded wreck in The
Catlins, the schooner Henry
The anchor was in the NZ
Headquarters and is now on
display at the museum.
Aunty's Attic at home on Main St
CHECK IT OUT
WHAT: Aunty's Attic second-hand
WHERE: Main Street, Owaka
WHAT: Old china, vases, furniture,
paintings, mirrors, household goods,
suitcases, shoes and accessories among
OPEN: During the winter, 10am till 6pm
daily, including weekends.
Old measures: Maryna Russell, of Aunty's Attic in Owaka, showing the antique scales first used by the original
grocer in Milton, run by Mr Wongi. She has recently moved the shop from Craig St to her own home in Main St.
Photo: CAROLYN DEVERSON
By CAROLYN DEVERSON
The support from residents has been
the driving force behind the success of
Aunty's Attic, the second-hand busi-
ness in Owaka.
Maryna Russell, originally from South
Africa, has recently moved the shop
from Craig St to her own home in Main
St and said she was relying on
continued support to make it a success.
''Travellers buy a trinket to take home,
but locals buy big things, and they also
bring me stuff to sell rather than taking
it to large town shops now.''
She has shifted from the leased
property she had been in for the past 18
months to be on the main street with
passing traffic and because she needed
Shifting the business home also means
heating and maintenance costs are
shared and she can use her garden to
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