There has been an increase in the number of dogs that have been poisoned in Johannesburg and the surrounding areas over the past few weeks. In an attempt to minimise the risk to our puppies, working dogs and the pets of our loyal supporters, we would like to share the following information with you.
Aldicarb, also known as “Two-Step” is a common substance that is used to poison dogs and has been proven to be extremely toxic to the environment, people and animals.
Aldicarb is primarily used as a nematicide which kills insects that are commonly found amongst crops and vegetation. Although insecticides containing Aldicarb are no longer available for purchase in stores, it is recommended that you check the ingredient list of the insecticides that you purchase to be sure.
Aldicarb is however, being sold on the black market and is often used in criminal activity where dogs are used as security. According to the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), poisoning a dog to death is one of the cruelest ways to kill an animal.
How can I identify Aldicarb?
Aldicarb is characterised by tiny black granules that resemble poppy seeds. If you find any substance that resembles this on your property, it is advised that you remove it immediately. Ensure that your hands and arms are protected by wearing gloves whilst handling the substance.
What are the symptoms and signs of Aldicarb poisoning?
In dogs: Weakness, headaches, vomiting, seizures and death
In humans: Exposure to high amounts of Aldicarb can cause weakness, blurred vision, headaches, nausea, tearing, sweating and tremors.
How long does it take before symptoms of Aldicarb poisoning take effect?
60-90 minutes after ingestion
What do I do if I think that my dog has been poisoned?
If you are able to, rush your dog to the vet immediately. If it’s too late, try to induce vomiting.
How to induce vomiting
-½ Teaspoon of salt at the back of the throat; or
-¼ to 1 teaspoon per dose but no more than 2 doses of syrup of ipecac which helps to induce vomiting. Given with a large syringe, turkey baster or bulb syringe directly into the back of the throat. Hold the snout closed until the dog swallows then release, if done correctly the dog should begin vomiting within minutes.
What’s the best way to prevent poisoning?
Let your dog sleep inside your house, rather than outside.
Feeding your pet at night can assist in preventing it from eating anything else.
Teach your dog not to accept treats from strangers.
Are there pet poisoning kits that we can keep on hand?
Ask your vet for pet poisoning kits to keep on hand and ask them where you can purchase them from.
It is important to be aware of your surroundings and to be vigilant in ensuring that your property and pets are safe. If you suspect that your dog has been poisoned, it is best to take it to the veterinarian immediately.