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Poisoning

 

One of the most notorious pet emergencies in Hong Kong is the Bowen Road dog poisoner. For many years an individual or group has placed poisonous baits on Bowen Road and Black's Link to try to harm dogs. These baits are typically chicken meat laced with pink or green crystals. While the police have made significant efforts to catch the poisoner they have so far been unsuccessful.

The best advice we could give is not to walk your dog on Bowen Road or Black's Link. The poisoner is sporadic but we unfortunately still see well trained dogs owned by sensible people get poisoned. If you absolutely must walk on these roads please consider using a cage type muzzle (that allows the dog to pant) at all times. Fortunately the poisoner does seem limited to these roads, and walking in other areas has so far been safe.

Signs of poisoning include severe vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, salivating, collapse and dilated pupils. If you suspect your dog has been poisoned you must seek immediate veterinary attention - the poison is treatable but time is vital.

It is also possible for dogs and cats to get poisoned around the house accidentally. One form of accidental poisoning we see too often is when animals are given human anti-inflammatories such as panadol, tylenol, paracetamol and ibuprofen. Human cold medication or anti-inflammatories are extremely dangerous for all pets and should never be given. If you do suspect your pet has been exposed to human medication, or any other poison around the house, please let us know immediately. These cases are also generally treatable but as always time is of the essence.