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Dr. Scarlett, Dog Veterinarian
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I just found my 7 year old 15lb terrier cross licking ant killer.

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I just found my 7 year old 15lb terrier cross licking ant killer. I think she had about 4-5 licks of the powder than contains permerthrin. She is showing no symptoms (it's about 15 minutes since I found her licking it). All the regular vets are closed - should I take her to the emergency vet or would it be okay to monitor her?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Scarlett replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Scarlett :

Hi,

Dr. Scarlett :

Besides the permethrin, were there any other ingredients listed?

Dr. Scarlett :

Permethrins are found in quite a few products used topically on dogs. They have a fairly wide margin of safety, unless the concentration is very high. If you think Heidi really only got those few licks in, I think it would be fine to just monitor her at this point.

Dr. Scarlett :

If she had consumed a large amount, then giving activated charcoal (at an emergency vet) would be good, but often treatment is just given to control any clinical signs of permethrin toxicity.

Dr. Scarlett :

Signs to watch for include: Depression, increased salivation, hyperexcitability, muscle tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, walking like she's drunk, and inappetance. are commonly seen. Other signs are elevated body temperature or low body temperature, weakness, seizures, and difficulty breathing. In most cases signs are mild and respond to simple therapeutic procedures. Recovery usually occurs in twenty four hours.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Scarlett replied 3 years ago.
How is Heidi doing? Any problems after eating the ant bait?