‘Safe’ Fox Bait Is A Danger For Your Pet

A new product touted as ‘safe’ fox and dog bait is coming to the park near you:

‘A bait that kills wild dogs, without accidentally killing your pet or working dog, will soon be commercially available in Australia.

Para-aminopropiophenone or PAPP has been developed by the Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre and unlike other wild dog toxins, it has an antidote.

Para-aminopropiophenone works by making the blood incapable of carrying Oxygen.

This is a very bad idea because:

After voluntarily triggering the ejector, all five foxes in this trial became progressively more lethargic and either lay prostrate or collapsed after 14-25 min, and death was confirmed after a mean of 43 min.

That’s right, 43 minutes. This doesn’t leave you much time to get to the Vet, get a full diagnosis and get the antidote administered. Sounds like a half-baked idea to me.


About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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