What to do if you suspect a pet has died of 1080 poisoning

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What to do if you suspect a pet has ingested 1080 poison

1080 poison is used in every Australian state and territory. It is regulated by a wide array of government departments and agencies and is the subject of many laws and regulations. The RSPCA advises anyone who suspects that a pet has eaten a post bait to contact your nearest vet immediately. Though there is no known antidote to 1080 poisoning, there are rare cases in which a victim has survived. This guide will help you if you suspect that a pet has died of 1080 poisoning.

First steps

  1. If you suspect that your pet has ingested poison do not wait to see the symptoms listed below. Contact your nearest vet immediately.

  2. Do not allow any other pets or children to interact with the animal you suspect has been poisoned.

  3. Monitor any vomiting and remove it urgently as it may pose a secondary threat to other animals or people. When cleaning any vomit wear gloves and thoroughly wash all clothes worn during cleaning afterwards.

The symptoms of 1080 poisoning are well known and your vet will be aware of what to look for. These are the most commonly identified symptoms exhibited by victims of 1080 poisoning:

  • Anxiety
  • Frenzied behaviour
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Failure to respond to your calls
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable urination or defecation
  • Convulsions, fitting or seizures
  • Haemorrhaging or bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing

What to do if you suspect a pet has died by 1080 poisoning

Unfortunately there is often nothing that can prevent a pet from dying to 1080 poison after they have ingested it. All states and territories, however, are obliged to receive reports of “non-target” deaths. The Coalition is here to help and you can reach out at any time for support and advice. The contact details of the relevant department or authority in your state is provided below with supporting documents.

Reporting

Any incidents where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that non-target animals may have been poisoned by 1080 in NSW should be reported to the Environment Protection Authority. If human safety is at risk, it should also be reported to the NSW Police Force.

  • NSW Environment Protection Authority: 131 555.
  • NSW Police: 131 444 or 000.

Supporting documents and useful links

  • Pest Control Order under section 38 of the Pesticides Act 1999 (PDF)
  • Find your local police station contact details here.

The Victorian Government advises that 1080 incidents should be immediately reported to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. If human safety is at risk, it should also be reported to the Victorian Police Force.

  • The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources: 136 186.
  • Victorian Police: 131 444 or 000.

Supporting documents and useful links

  • Directions for the Use of 1080 and PAPP Pest Animal Bait Products in Victoria (PDF)
  • Find your local police station contact details here

The Queensland Government advises that 1080 incidents should be immediately reported to Queensland Health. If human safety is at risk, it should also be reported to the Queensland Police Force.

Supporting documents and useful links

  • 1080 – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (PDF)
  • Toxin 1080: A Guide to Safe and Responsible Use of Sodium Fluoroacetate in Queensland (PDF)
  • You can find your local police station contact details here.

The South Australian Government advises that 1080 incidents should be immediately reported to the Department of Primary Industries and Resources. If human safety is at risk, it should also be reported to the South Australian Police Force.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Resources: (08) 9474 2405
  • South Australian Police: 131 444 or 000.

Supporting documents and useful links

  • Directions for Use of 1080 Fox Baits in South Australia (PDF)
  • You can find your local police station contact details here.

The Western Australian Government advises that 1080 incidents should be immediately reported to the Department of Agriculture and Food. If human safety is at risk, it should also be reported to the Western Australian Police Force.

Useful links

  • 1080 – Safe Use and Management of 1080 (Landholders Manual) (PDF)
  • 1080 – Characteristics and Use (PDF)
  • You can find your local police station contact details here.

The Northern Territory Government advises that 1080 incidents should be immediately reported to the Chemicals Adviser at the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. If human safety is at risk, it should also be reported to the Northern Territory Police Force.

  • The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade Chemical Adviser: (08) 8999 2344
  • Northern Territory Police: 131 444 or 000.

Supporting documents and useful links

  • Directions for Use of 1080 for Wild Dog Control (PDF)
  • You can find your local police station contact details here.

The Tasmanian Government advises that 1080 incidents should be immediately reported to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. If human safety is at risk, it should also be reported to the Tasmanian Police Force.

  • The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment: 1300 368 550
  • Tasmanian Police: 131 444 or 000.

Supporting documents and useful links

  • You can find your local police station contact details here.
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