Slug pel­lets harm dogs


A spate of poi­soned dogs has led the Ve­teri­nary Spe­cial­ist Group to is­sue a warn­ing around the safe keep­ing of slug pel­lets and other harm­ful items that ca­nines might find ap­peal­ing.

‘‘We’ve had two dogs in the last week that were ex­tremely un­well,’’ Dr Mark Rob­son, found­ing part­ner of Ve­teri­nary Spe­cial­ist Group in Auck­land says.

Dogs will roam and be at­tracted to poi­sons such as slug bait over a long dis­tance, he says.

If you sus­pect your dog has in­gested slug pel­let bait, it is im­por­tant you seek ve­teri­nary ad­vice im­me­di­ately.

‘‘Your dog may look shaky and rest­less and be act­ing re­ally strangely,’’ Rob­son says.

‘‘This will then progress to un­con­trol­lable whole-body tre­mors and then to seizures which will start within 20-90 min­utes of the dog eat­ing the bait.’’

Most cases can usu­ally be res­cued how­ever it is much harder once the dog starts to have fits. Se­ri­ous cases may need a spe­cial­ist 24-hour care fa­cil­ity such as the one Ve­teri­nary Spe­cial­ist Group pro­vides in or­der to re­cover com­pletely.

Rob­son says there are plenty of other com­mon items that are very harm­ful to dogs.

‘‘Tox­i­c­i­ties we see of­ten are hu­man medicines es­pe­cially painkillers, anti-freeze, mar­i­juana, grapes and raisins which can cause an un­pre­dictable kid­ney tox­i­c­ity.’’

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