It was thanks to Lennox Tyala of Khayelitsha’s quick thinking that his dogs are alive today. He didn’t hesitate to rush his dogs, Venge and Ferguson to our animal hospital – along with a well-known neighbourhood stray – when he awoke during the night to find them all in distress.
It was clear to our head veterinarian, Dr Esté Spies that the dogs had eaten poison. Their excessive salivating, respiratory distress, rapid heartbeats and sky-high temperatures saw all three dogs prioritised and escalated for emergency treatment.
All three dogs were placed on oxygen and given IV fluids as well as medicine to counteract the effect of organophosphates in their systems. They were also given activated charcoal to stop their systems from absorbing the poison as it passed through their digestive tracts. Ice packs were placed strategically to help bring their temperature down.
All three dogs were admitted into our ICU ward for ongoing monitoring and treatment. Poisoning affects the liver and kidneys; and sadly, the stray dog, who we called Victor, passed away despite our hospital staff’s best efforts.
When Mr Tyala came to collect Venge and Ferguson a few days later, they were ecstatic to see him and hear his cheerful, “Unjani Mhlobo?” (“How are you my friend?”) – while we were all thrilled to see them return home – healthy – with their caring owner.
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