07 July 2013

My Dog Ate A Roach / Ant Trap

dog roach ant trap

I guess you are on this page because your dog has just chewed or eaten an ant or roach trap? If this is the case then the first thing to say is to relax, take a deep breath and read on, because the chances are your dog will be just fine.  You see the active constituent of these products is almost always of extremely low toxicity to dogs and rarely cause any adverse effects. My experience is that even if a smaller dog eats a few of them it does not cause them any harm.

Reading the label on the packs may make you think that these products are highly toxic. But the truth is that in most countries the law mandates that all household insecticides carry the same label warnings despite wide variations in toxicity and as I said above most ant and roach traps which are on the market today are of very low toxicity to dogs. These devices also contain a substance like peanut butter to attract the insects and of course, this attracts the dogs as well.

So if your dog just chewed the plastic housing but did not swallow any then in almost all cases you have nothing to worry about. But what if your dog chewed up the plastic housing as well and may perhaps have swallowed fragments of it, what then?

Well, the best thing to do in these circumstances is to just sit it out, monitor your dog and see what happens. Hopefully, any swallowed fragments of the plastic housing will be small enough so that they just pass straight through your dog's intestinal tract. However, If this has just happened in the last hour or so then feeding your dog some mashed potato or a few slices of bread would be a good idea. The idea is that these will form around and cushion any sharp plastic fragments as they pass along your dog's alimentary tract and so help protect it.

However, there are no guarantees and very occasionally in the past at my clinic I have seen problems related intestinal obstruction or alimentary tract damage where a dog has swallowed plastic of some sort. You would be therefor wise to monitor your dog over the next few days for such symptoms as vomiting, lethargy, not eating, straining or abdominal pain. And of course, have a local vet check your dog over as soon as possible should any such occur.

Further Reading :

Tips from the Pet Poison Helpline: LINK
FAQ from Combat roach and ant products: LINK