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An array of rodent poisons fills the shelves at the Running’s store in Willmar. Local veterinarians are urging the public to be aware of recent changes in rodenticide formulas and to take steps to reduce the risk of accidental pet poisoning. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Unintended consequences: Change to safer formula of rodent poisons may be unexpectedly deadly for dogs


WILLMAR — A new form of rodent poison, aimed at reducing the health risk to children, pets and wildlife, is appearing on store shelves nationwide and locally.

But worries are mounting among veterinarians about the unintended consequences. Although the rodenticide is meant to be safer, it’s fast-acting and doesn’t have an antidote, and veterinarians fear it could increase the number of dogs who become severely sick or die from accidental poisoning.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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