“Dogs do speak but only to those who know how to listen to them.” Orhan Pamuk
On 8 September Mrs Shahistha Krishnapersadh, better known as Shy, and her family were traumatised by their dog being poisoned.
When Shy called her dogs to come for dinner at approximately 21:30 (two Rottweilers), only one of them came. (The two Rottweilers only eat homemade food.) Immediately she knew something was wrong and her husband, Mr Vinay Krishnapersadh, went out to look for their other dog. Vinay was confronted with a shocking sight. Jaanu, the poisoned Rottweiler, came when called, but was extremely weak, drank a little bit of water and started vomiting profusely.
Immediately Shy jumped into action and phoned Roelof Gouws from Secunda 911. Within five minutes the family heard tyres screeching outside their home in Extension 22. She opened the gate and in streamed a river of emergency response personnel. The family looked on in shock and relief as Mr Shayne van der Heever, from Langamed, sprang into action and inserted an intravenous drip of Atropine. Shy said that Shayne didn’t even care that he was sitting in Jaanu’s vomit and Shayne even escorted them to Dr Talitha Olivier’s veterinary practice, Eendedam Dierekliniek, to ensure the safe passage of the family and Jaanu. All of this happened within half an hour of the initial call!
Monteviro Environmental services cleaned up the family’s yard to ensure no poison was left behind. When the family arrived home SSS organised a patrol vehicle to drive around the neighbourhood to ensure not only the families were safe, but also the dogs in the neighbourhood.
The next morning Shy was grateful when Roelof arrived at their home at 07:00 to follow up and ensure the family was ok.
“Our everyday heroes are the people like Roelof Gouws and his team at Secunda 911, Shayne van der Heever and his 12-year-old son, Bryan, Vince Taylor the owner of SSS, Monteviro Environmental Services who helped with the numbers and Dr Talitha Olivier, the vet currently looking after Jaanu. Thank you from our side that Jaanu is one of the few dogs who survived dog poisoning. If it wasn’t for the quick reaction of everyone involved Jaanu would definitely not have survived. Thank you to our heroes!” said Shy and her family.
The Bulletin is glad to report that Jaanu is at home and is on his road to recovery. Good luck Jaanu!
The Bulletin also spoke to Dr Melinda from Evander Animal Clinic and no dog poisoning cases have been reported as yet. Dr Melinda encourages people to keep the activated charcoal mixture at home in case their dogs get poisoned.
The activated charcoal mixture is available at the Eendedam Dierekliniek as well as the Evander Animal Clinic.
First Aid for Poisoned Dogs:
First, try to determine what your dog was exposed to. Look around for evidence. Then contact your vet.
Three ways your dog can be poisoned:
1. Contact with the skin
What Are the Symptoms of Dog Poisoning?
If you suspect that your dog has been poisoned, look for any of the following symptoms:
• Cardiac symptoms such as irregular heartbeat • Loss of blood (bruising, blood in stool, nosebleeds, anaemia)
• Seizures and other neurological disorders • Diarrhoea • Vomiting • Inability to urinate • Lethargy
• Loss of appetite • Difficulty breathing
• Loss of balance • Skin rash • Swelling of tongue • Muscle rigidity and tremor
If your dog is suffering from one or more of the above symptoms, get help immediately.
– Ané Prinsloo