Dog baiting on the rise

Advice for dog owners after fresh baiting attacks across south-east Queensland parks.

While dog baiting is not new, the recent warm weather means more pets are out increasing the risk to our furry friends.

AWLQ spokesperson Craig Montgomery said that current dog baiting incidents have involved food contaminated with rodenticides being left in park grounds. 

“Rodenticides can affect any mammal or bird in the same way as they affect a rodent - interfering with the ability of the blood to clot, leading to haemorrhaging and death from blood loss,” Mr Montgomery said.

AWLQ has issued advice to pet owners to ensure their dogs are kept safe while enjoying the outdoors.

“With an increase in recent reported cases of deliberate poisonings across the region, it is important for pet owners to be alert and exercise caution as preventing dogs swallowing baits is the best solution,” Mr Montgomery said.

“For the safety of your dog, and your piece of mind, keep them on a leash so you can supervise them at all times and have a blanket rule of no scavenging for food when in public spaces.

“In addition, teach them the ‘drop it’ command, this way they will release anything from their mouth on your command.”

What are the signs your pet has been baited?

It may take several days for symptoms of rodenticide poisoning to become apparent, however keeping an eye on your dog after park visits may prevent disaster. 

“If you are concerned about your dog’s health at any time always seek veterinary advice,” Mr Montgomery said.

“One injection can help them bring up the bait quickly before it takes effect, potentially saving your pet’s life.”

Early warning signs of possible poisoning that pet owners can watch for may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Blackened, tarry faeces
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Seizures
  • Bruising
  • Shaking
  • Abdominal distention
  • Abnormal pain

For pet owners worried about expensive vet bills, pet insurance can help keep your animal happy and healthy.