DAY TWO OF OUR INVESTIGATION INTO THE IMPACT ON CITY PET
poisoning symptoms can be “excruciatingly painful” to pets who ingest dangerous substances.
Symptoms to look out for include your pet acting unusual, trembling, vomiting, and a loss of coordination.
Mike said: “One of the most popular poisons is anti-freeze, which tends to affect cats more because for some reason they find it quite palatable. They come back in and the cat shows signs of totally unnatural behaviour.
“So if your dog or cat is out of sight and it comes back to you and it acts any way out of character – like starting to be sick or shivering, eyes moving about get it straight to a vet.
“With anti-freeze if you get there quick enough you can limit the damage that’s done.
“But if you’re not quick enough it just burns them away from the inside – it’s a disgusting and excruciatingly painful death.
“They also hallucinate so it’s horrible for the owner to see but it’s absolutely disgusting and painful for the animal.”
Vets in Glasgow say the most
If it can kill a dog in 30 seconds, what would have happened if a child had picked it up?
common emergencies they have to deal with are pet poisonings.
Based at the renowned emergency Vets Now Glasgow Hospital, Tobias Grave is a veterinary specialist in Emergency in Critical Care in small animals.
He said antifreeze is the number one form of poisoning for animals and that it’s “extremely toxic.”
Tobias said: “Pet poisonings are one of the most common emergencies our vets and vet nurses see. Our statistics show around nine in 10 of these happen accidentally while pets are in their own home.
“We do treat poisoning cases from time to time which unfortunately appear to have been deliberate, but there has not been a noticeable uplift in the cases we have treated in the past year at our Glasgow Hospital.