What to do if your dog is intoxicated

Blindness, motor damage and even death, possible consequences.

With regard to the cases reported this week of poisoning of dogs and pigeons in the Park Way, in Bogotá, it is important to remind the owners what to do in this emergency case. Either in the park after being a victim of unscrupulous people who put poisons or ground glass there, or because their pet caught a dead animal or ingested fecal matter.

"In addition, the danger is also in the house with detergents or disinfectants, with food such as chocolate or ahuyama, as well as medicines for human use that causes kidney failure," warns Jorge Sánchez, veterinarian at El Refugio Veterinary Clinic. "In the garden you can ingest pesticides, vitamin supplements in plants, and even in the car if the coolant leaks."

Follow the steps below.

If you suspect, follow all the steps, because you have more time. If you already see foam, do not think twice, run to the specialist who is the only one who can do something in the face of gravity.

1. Notify the veterinarian immediately or take him to the nearest medical center (hopefully he will be the same and operate 24 hours a day).

2. Make him vomit in two ways: the first is with salt, one tablespoon per 20 kilos (referring to the weight of the animal). The other way is with hydrogen peroxide.

3. Do ‘recorderis’: what was it that perhaps poisoned him to quickly find the problem.

It can be prevented

"Although the exploration instinct, especially in puppies, is natural, you have to control it not only for poisons, but because in the street your dog can get many allergies or infections," says Feres Peña, veterinarian and clinical ethologist. “The problem is not that it smells but that it catches‘ objects ’by its mouth: just do it, scold it. And, please, never take your eyes off on the walks. ”

Get in the law

Sergio Manzano Macías, an expert lawyer in animal protection affirms that the issue of poisonings in parks is complicated: “Since animals do not have rights, although legislation that tries to protect them is difficult to report, especially when animal abuse is not a crime in Colombia " The expert then recommends:

1. Filing a complaint before the respective Police inspection for animal abuse. "There, the inspector should raise a fine according to Law 84 of 1989 (there is specified that one of the faults is‘ abandon poisonous or harmful substances in places accessible to animals ’)", adds Manzano.

2. Complaint to the Ministry of Health for improper authorization of use of poisons.

3. Complaint to the Office of the Prosecutor of the Nation to investigate the damage of a foreign property (dogs are goods) in case of death.

4. Complaint to the Prosecutor for crimes against natural resources and the environment.

Now, if the animal dies, it would be important to do a necropsy with a veterinarian or a trained expert from the ICA (Colombian Agricultural Institute) to make findings of venom and its amounts.