My Dachshund just did this last night with an ant trap. First off, DON'T PANIC! I called the number on the box and they were staffed 24/7. The rep told me this brand was not toxic to cats, dogs or humans. She told me to wash his muzzle and paws off and give him plenty of water. I gave him a good bath and then gave him some water, a little milk, and a piece of bread. He is fine. Never got sick at all. The rep at the ant trap line told me they were more concerned that he ate the plastic, as it might cause irritation in his stomach. In our case, he spit it out after he chewed it a bit.
Ant baits rarely create problems with toxicity when ingested by dogs. The toxin material is present in such a small amount and is not a problem when ingested. Ant bait can cause mild gastrointestinal upset--vomiting and/or diarrhea. The biggest worry is in he ingested the trap whole it can cause a foreign body obstruction.
On the box of most baits there is a number you can call in the event of ingestion and they often will connect you with the animal poison control. They can accurately discuss all your concerns.
When my 6 month old beagle ate an ant trap I called poison control immediately. They told me that the quantity of poison in that particular trap shouldn't be harmful to my dog. If I was concerned about it I could give him a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to get him to vomit. I got off the phone and called my vet as well and they gave me the same information. If you choose to use hydrogen peroxide CALL poison control first because some poisons are more harmful coming back up and going to the vet is the better option. Also, the amount of hydrogen peroxide you should use depends on the weight of your dog, so call your vet to get the exact amount you should use. Too much can be harmful!!! I gave him the hydrogen peroxide and he did vomit several times and he was just fine!
My dog did the same thing, she is a 25lb beagle and I think she only ingested a little of the poison, and no plastic, she just licked it, but it has been 24 hours and she has vomited 4 times. I called the vet and he said to just let her vomit, don't feed her anything for a while, just let her drink water. Then try to feed her boiled chicken breast, rice, or turkey tomorrow. Anything bland will help calm her stomach down. I have to call again in the morning, but he said she should be ok.
My dog Molly just ate 4 of these plastic traps. Poision control says the poision is not a problem for a 60 lb dog, but shards of plastic could be. We found thrown up plastic equivalent to about one traps worth. It was all chewed up with no sharp shards so she is probably OK. Poision control and the operator at the 24 hr vet hospital (It's 2:30 am) were vague about whether we should rush in. It's been 3 days since I put out the traps, so she is probably OK.
She eats awful stuff all the time then eats grass to make her self throw up. She doesn't seem to have any symptoms so we are sleeping with her till morning when we can talk to our reg vet. I don't think the plastic is as dangerous as some of the bones and other stuff she finds on the trail. The plastic the traps are made of is not too hard and sharp.
Okay, PLEASE read this. Our 3 ;year old Corgi died this afternoon - 24 hours after we found a very chewed up HotShot Max Trap. The vet also told us that he didn't think it would be fatally poisonous. We have no way of knowing if there was a direct correlation BUT, as I listen to my 13 year son sobbing, I wish now that I had taken him to the vet immediately. Better safe than sorry and a very hard lesson learned.
You call your vet immediately for emergency procedure (if it's soon enough) as you grab anything with a label showing what they ate if you can and high tail it to your vet. If you catch it right away your pup has a better chance of the vet being able to keep a large dose from being absorbed into the system. Hope your pup makes it through and everything turn's out okay.
My dog ate one of these several minutes ago and not only did my dog just pass away only 5-10 minutes later so did my cat and my beta fish... These are power traps. If only I had a vet on hand they could have saved my dog...