What every Animal lover in Greece Needs-Anti Poisoning Instructions
rumsiki at netvision.net.il
Tue Jul 1 22:26:14 EDT 2003
From: From: Marijo Gillis
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 7:59 PM
Subject: What every Animal lover in Greece Needs-Anti Poisoning
Greece...what happens after the tourists leave...
Greek animal reality pictures
What is the solution
PETITIONS and links
How many must be sterilized before...
The lucky ones
Urgent EU petition
Tara's story Cross Post
FROM : ACTION AGAINST POISONING IN GREECE
FIRST AID KIT
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT POISONING?
Poisoning is one of the most barbaric and cowardly crimes against animals,
causing them extremely painful and agonizing deaths. And it is a source of
immense anguish and grief to the people who love them.
Strangely enough hardly any complaints are filed to the Police or the
municipality, many people believing it is useless to do so and they simply
accept it as "a fact of life". The victims might disagree... if they could
have their say in it!...
Your veterinarian will do all he can to rescue a poisoned animal but often
it is impossible to save the animal's life. Therefore it is important to
take further action!
The veterinarian can make an anonymous record of the poisoning cases in his
clinic to chart the poisoning problem and bring it to the attention of
relevant authorities. These are needed as evidence and statistics, so that
authorities can no longer pretend the problem does not exist - as they often
claim - and to press them to take further action to protect animals. We aim
for stricter laws, severe sentences and effective enforcement of the laws.
Keep your animal away from "edible things" in places where they don't
belong. They can be packed in plastic bags, bowls with food or liquids,
remnants of food, meatballs etc. Remove and discard such suspicious items
when you happen to see them. Poisoned baits are often put at places where
animal lovers leave food for the strays. Beware of (colored) powdery
substances! Keep an eye on the behavior of any strangers around your
property, especially when they are annoyed with your barking dogs. Record
the number plates of suspicious cars and the date and place you saw them.
Have a camera at hand to collect evidence.
FIRST AID PREPARATION
First of all discuss the content and use of a first aid kit with your
veterinarian as emetics and antidotes differ per country. Ask your vet to
tell you the symptoms of poisoning by herbicides and pesticides like
strychnine, arsenic, paraquat etc. He knows which poisons are used locally,
he can explain the symptoms and he can advise on the treatment. Knowing the
symptoms is essential as antidotes can be harmful if an animal is not
poisoned! Most vets appreciate the fact that first aid by the owner of a
poisoned animal is crucial for its survival. Ask your vet to show you how to
administer emetics or activated carbon solutions orally and how to handle a
syringe in such a case of emergency. Preparation is the first step!
THE FIRST AID KIT
Carry with you at all times a first aid kit containing emetics (ampoules
and/or solutions), activated carbon (tablets or solution), a syringe and
antidotes, together with the dosage and administration instructions your vet
will recommend. Be aware that dogs and cats need different treatment and
that oral treatment of a poisoned animal might be impossible when it has
convulsions or is unable to swallow.
Warn the veterinarian immediately! When you start first aid let another
person phone the veterinarian so he can prepare for the emergency treatment
while you are on your way to him.
1. If possible, try to identify the substance ingested before administering
the emetics by:
carefully inspecting the surrounding area and
observing the symptoms of the animal.
WARNING: You should NOT cause an animal to vomit if it has ingested
caustic/acid substances or glass, as this would cause further damage of the
internal organs! In that case try to administer activated carbon and leave
for the vet immediately.
WARNING: If the animal has convulsions do NOT administer anything orally
(through the mouth). With swallowing always be very careful in order to
avoid aspiration into the lungs.
If it is likely that it has ingested another poison:
2. Make the animal throw up with:
orally: 30 Â 60 cc of saturated salt water solution, or
orally: 30 Â 60 cc of diluted hydrogen peroxide (1:10), or
orally: mustard seeds in lukewarm water, or
orally: 10% IPECAC SYRUP (10ml per 10kg body weight), or injection:
APOMORPHINE (0,05mg per kg body weight), do not use on cats as they get wild
by it, or
injection: FILTALON under the skin (large dog 1cc and if it has not vomited
after 5 minutes another 1cc)(medium dog 1cc) (very small dog or a
3. Only after it has thrown up:
Let it swallow active carbon.
Give it an intramuscular injection of:
- dogs/cats: ATROPINE (0.04mg per kg or 1ml per 10kg), or
- cats: XYLAZINE (0,5-1mg per kg)
4. When finished take the animal to your vet immediately!
N.B.: Beware of overdose!
* insecticide (organo-phosphate) poisoning: salivation, excessive tears,
diarrhoea, severe vomiting, constriction of the pupil, muscle twitching,
asthmatic breathing, convulsion and coma. Treatment: an injection of
atropine (one vial for a cat or small dog, two or three vials for larger
dogs depending on their weight). The injection can be intravenous (into the
vein - it is absorbed most quickly this way), intramuscular (into the
muscle), or subcutaneous (under the skin).
* rat poison (warfarincan): result in vomiting and diarrhoea, but sometimes
the animal will display no symptoms at all for two to three days.
Patches of red/purple/dark blue on the body or gums begin to develop later.
These are signs of internal bleeding. Treatment involves an injection of
vitamin K (Konakion) to help clot the blood - between 5mg and 20mg depending
on the size and weight of the animal.
* strychnine poisoning: animals that have been poisoned with strychnine go
into spasm, their pupils expand and muscles twitch. Treatment is an
injection of diazepan (Valium): cats 5-10mg, dogs 10-30mg depending on size
Report cases of deliberate poisoning to the Police and the municipality.
Teach children that poisoning is a terrible and horrible crime.
Â® Action Against Poisoning -- www.actionagainstpoisoning.com -- e-mail:
info at aap.f2s.com
2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS - GREEK ANIMALS RACE FOR THEIR LIVES
Marijo Anne Gillis - Founder
WAG-New York (Welfare for Animals in Greece - a Lobby Group)
More information about the AR-News