Bad effects of alcohol on your pets
If a person administers any injurious drug or injurious substance to any animal or attempts to make the animal take such drug or substance, it amounts to animal cruelty.
Some friends of mine thought it would be funny to give my dog some alcohol to drink. Should I be worried?
A: Alcohol is very dangerous for dogs and cats and under no circumstances should the dog have been given alcohol. Alcohol poisoning can lead to permanent organ damage and even death. The damage caused is dependent on the amount of alcohol the dog has consumed. You should contact your vet immediately.
According to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 section 11 (1) (c) - If any person wilfully and unreasonably administers any injurious drug or injurious substance to (any animal) or wilfully and unreasonably causes or attempts to cause any such drug or substance to be taken by (any animal;) it amounts to animal cruelty and he shall be punishable with fine or with imprisonment for a term which may extend, to three months, or with both.
Q: How do I recognise if my dog has worms?
1. Coughing: One of the advanced stage symptoms of heartworms in a dog is coughing. Dogs with hookworms and roundworms may also develop a cough.
2. Vomiting: Dogs that have worms will often throw up. Roundworms can sometimes show up in a dog's vomit.
3. Diarrhoea: Soft stools and canine diarrhoea can be the result of worms. In addition to diarrhoea, dogs with hookworms may have blood in their stools.
4. Low energy: Dogs which are lethargic and less active than normal may be showing symptoms of having worms.
5. Pot-bellied appearance: If your dog starts to appear pot-bellied or bloated, it may have contracted worms. This is commonly seen in puppies that have picked up worms from their mother.
6. Change in appetite: If you notice a sudden change in your dog's appetite, he may have come into contact with roundworms. Dogs that are infected often lose their appetite. As worms steal a dog's nutrients, a dog with worms may also show a sudden increase in hunger.
7. Weight loss: If your dog shows signs of rapid weight loss, he may have a tapeworm or a whipworm.
8. Dull coat: A healthy dog should have a shiny thick coat. If your dog's coat begins to dull and dry out, he may have picked up a form of worms. Loss of hair or the appearance of rashes can also denote worms.
9. Itching and signs of skin irritations: Dogs that show signs of skin irritation may have a severe infestation of worms.
10. Rubbing its bottom on the ground or "scooting": While this can often be caused by problems with the anal glands, dogs with worms will occasionally rub their rear ends on the floor in order to relieve themselves of the itch due to worms in the area.
11. Visible worms in fur or faecal matter: Some worms, such as tapeworms, may appear as small moving segments in the fur or area around dog's anus. Roundworms can often be seen in a dog's stools.
What is the procedure for euthanasia of incurably ill, mortally wounded and suffering dogs? Who can euthanize them?
A: Rule 9 of the Animal Birth Control (dogs) Rules of 2001 clearly describes the process.
"Euthanasia of Street Dogs: Incurably ill and mortally wounded dogs as diagnosed by a qualified veterinarian appointed by the (monitoring) committee shall be euthanised during specified hours in a humane manner by administering sodium pentathol for adult dogs and Thiopental Introperitoneal for puppies by a qualified veterinarian or euthanised in any other humane manner approved by Animal Welfare Board of India. No dog shall be euthanised in the presence of another dog. The person responsible for euthanizing shall make sure that the animal is dead, before disposal."]
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