1080 Poisoning

Also known as Compound 1080 or sodium monofluoroacetate, 1080 is a blue liquid used widely in australia for the control of pest species.
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Dogs are the most susceptible species to the toxin and we frequently see accidental poisonings occuring around Dorrigo.

Following ingestion of the toxin, rapid onset and progression of clinical signs (within 30mins to 2 hours depending on the dose) accounts for the poor prognosis and requirement for immediate veterinary attention. Poisoning can be fatal 2-12 hours following the onset of clinical signs without treatment.

Symptoms are related to the impact on the central nervous system and gastrointestinal system of your pet and include:
  • Altered mentation (early signs include anxiety, howling, frenzied running)
  • Shaking developing to siezures
  • Hyperexcitability
  • Excessive salivation
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Inappropriate urination
  • High temperature

Diagnosis at the clinic is usually based on the history of having had access to the toxin and clinical signs on presentation. We can also check your pets blood glucose levels which will be increased.

DVC standards of care

Immediate treatment is required in an attempt to reduce clinical signs and prevent disease progression. Depending on the state of your pet on arrival standard treatment protocols involve
  • Intensive intravenous fluid therapy
  • Sedation and/or general anaesthesia
  • Hospitalisation
  • Please note, the earlier the treatment is started, the better the prognosis for your pet.

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