Question My goat ate 2 small packs of mouse poison last night and today I given him activated charcoal. Is there anything else I should try?
Answer Charcoal is best given immediately after ingestion of poison. Did the goat end up vomiting? Is the goat eating and drinking, and acting normally currently? Would advise giving milk of magnesia at 1/2 cup per 75 pounds body weight every 4 hours for 3 dosings. This coats the rumen and also helps get rid of the contents of the rumen to include the poison quickly. Mouse poison kills from the inside out, attacking the mouse's digestive tract. So you want to get rid of whatever poison may be left in the goat. It is always best to treat sooner than later with poison intake but it still may help to treat with the milk of magnesia. Would also make sure the goat is drinking well - water or electrolytes or warm molasses water - this also helps to clear out the poison. Hope this helps - Donna
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