Dog Poisoning

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There has been an increase in dog poisoning in the last couple of weeks and we have had countless calls from the community crying about their beloved pets whom they lost to inhumane methods such as Two-Step and other poisons that criminals use to gain access to your premises.

Here are a few important tips on this trend:

  • What symptoms to be on the lookout for?
  • What to do in order to combat dog poisoning?
  • What do you need when your dog has been poisoned?
  • What household products to have handy?


  • What to do?
  1. Look out for the following symptoms:
  • foaming from the mouth
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • severe abdominal pain
  • muscle twitching
  • muscle spasms
  • severe weakness
  • difficulty breathing
  • change in behaviour
  • constricted or dilated pupils
  • collapse
  • coma
  1. What to do in order to combat dog poisoning?


  • Make sure that your dogs are kept either indoors or in the back yard at night to ensure their safety.
  • If you do not home make sure your dogs are kept in a safe environment such as your house so that if something is thrown into your yard, the dogs won’t be able to get to it.


  1. What do you need when your dog has been poisoned?

 Charcoal/charcoal pills

  • Handy andy or Omo liquid
  • Vets contact details for the closest vet to your house.

Once your dog has been poisoned force handy andy or Omo liquid down their throat so that they can throw up all the substances in their stomach. Then give them a charcoal pill or take a charcoal brick and crush it then feed it to your dog. By doing this it will absorb the venom. Then once you have done those steps rush your dog to the vet for further treatment.

Another method is to force 2-4 raw eggs down the dog’s throat and diffuse the poison.

Contact the closest vets in your area or make a list of vets in your area as well as their trading times.


More information:

Dog poisoning on the increase, says animal welfare organisation via @Radio702

 Household Products To keep Handy:

  1. Gloves
  2. Clean Water
  3. Handy Andy/dishwashing liquid
  4. Omo (wet the Omo and make a small ball and force it down the throat of the dog to make him throw up)
  5. Syringe (to force liquids down the dog’s throat)
  6. Activated Charcoal(You can also use normal charcoal and break into pieces)
  7. Tupperware with mixing spoon
  8. Salt


We urge the community to stand together in this time, to be vigilant of any suspicious persons/vehicles/behaviour and report it to APCAN on 011 471 0770/1

or to SAPS 10111

or your area security service provider.


Let us keep our furry pets safe.





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