Dog poisoners starting early in new year

Residents from Capital Park patrolling the streets to make sure the community and furry friends are safe.

Last year, Rekord repeatedly reported on the dangers of dog poisoning in Pretoria, especially Moot and Pretoria North. 

With the New Year well on its way,  residents of Capital Park in the Moot have already raised the alarm that dog poisoners were back in full swing.

Anti-crime activists Mike and Daleen Burt  said they received reports of dog poisoning in Capital Park over the weekend and have asked the community via their Facebook page to be on high alert.

“If you hear dogs barking excessively or suspect that there is anybody walking up and down the streets from late evening till early morning, call it in.”

They said community safety patrollers were on the lookout for the perpetrators.

“Your cooperation will be appreciated to help safeguard our pets and our suburb.”

The following safety tips are shared by in case of an emergency:

1.    Force a ball of high foam washing powder down its throat. Prepare the ball with washing powder and a little water. The amount should be in relation to the size of the dog.

2.    Prepare a 50/50 mixture of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and water. Measure 5ml per 5kg body mass and force this down the dog’s throat. A large syringe is useful for this. Walk your dog to ensure the mixture mixes with the stomach content. Repeat the process no more than twice if the dog doesn’t vomit within a few minutes.

3.    If you have access to it, an injection of Apomorphine Hydrochloride 0,05mg per kg bodyweight, or pull down the lower eyelid of one eye and apply Apomorphine Powder.

4.    Once you are sure that the dog’s stomach is empty, get your dog to swallow Activated Charcoal. The dosage is 0.5g/kg body weight (a 10kg dog would require 5g). Add between 5 and 25ml Castor Oil to the mix—about 5ml per 10kg or part thereof. The best way to get this done is using a granular or powdered charcoal product mixed into a slurry with a little water, fill into a large syringe, add Castor Oil and then squirt the mixture into the back of the dog’s mouth.

5.    Only if your dog has vomited, and if you have access to it, administer 1ml Atropine per 10kg body mass subcutaneously or intramuscularly. Atropine inhibits vomiting and may thus cause more harm than good if administered prematurely. In the case of rat poison, do not administer Atropine, proceed directly to the vet.

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Jason Milford

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