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Pet poisoning triggers panic in Green Community

Residents alarmed after several dogs take ill, blame pest control companies for spraying neighbourhood with deadly pesticides

  • By Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 20:37 February 20, 2013
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: XPRESS/VIRENDRA SAKLANI
  • X-ray vision: Dr Soheyl Simaei of Noble Veterinary with the X-ray of a dog who died recently. Residents suspect pets could have been affected by pesticide usage in the area
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Dubai: The Green Community in Dubai has once again been hit by cases of pet poisoning. At least half a dozen dogs have taken ill with one of them dying in the last two months.

In 2012, over 10 cases of pet poisoning were reported in the area at about the same time. A dog and two cats had died then, following which residents were asked to exercise caution.

Confirming the cases, Dr Soheyl Simaei, Veterinary Surgeon at the Noble Veterinary Centre in the Green Community, told XPRESS: “We’ve had similar cases of poisoning like last year. Six dogs that came to us this year had the same diagnosis. They were all anaemic and had the same symptoms — internal bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting and blood in the stools. We lost one Labrador pup from South Africa to poisoning. All these pets were vaccinated and in very good health earlier.”

He said residents were blaming use of rat poisons and pesticide by pest control companies, but it could not be ascertained what exactly caused the poisoning.

Affected dogs have tested negative for the Parvo-virus whose symptoms include loose stools and weakness.

“We don’t know what caused the poisoning in these cases,” said Dr Simaei, adding that dog poisoning could result from a variety of sources.

In most cases, the symptoms showed up hours after the dogs had been out for a walk.

A dog owner in the Greens of Emirates Living also said her dog suffered acute poisoning after a walk in the community.

“Two weeks ago, I took my eight-year-old dog for a walk on the grass as usual. He took very ill the next morning and suffered multiple seizures and acute muscle weakness. Thankfully, he has recovered, but he is still not 100 per cent OK,” said Hayley.

“I cannot say what caused the poisoning as I did not see him eat anything. He was only licking his paws,” she added.

Another owner of an apartment in The Views said residents should be notified about any pest control that is carried out in the community well in advance as pesticides could be a possible source of poisoning.

An Emaar spokesperson said: “All pest control measures in our communities are undertaken in line with the regulations and specifications by the concerned authorities. Emaar is committed to upholding the highest standards of safety and well-being of our residents.”

However, no immediate response was available from the Green Community.

TEN FOODS THAT COULD BE FATAL FOR YOUR DOG
  • Medications for people
  • Flea and tick products
  • Human food products like chocolate, alcohol. avocado. Macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins and Xylitol
  • Rat and mouse poison
  • Some pet medications
  • Some household plants like azaleas and rhododendrons, tulips and daffodils and sago palms
  • Chemicals in antifreeze, paint thinner and swimming pools
  • Household cleaners
  • Heavy metal like lead in paint, linoleum, and batteries
  • Fertilisers used in the lawn or garden around your house

Comments (4)

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  1. Added 15:25 February 21, 2013

    EDITOR'S NOTE: There is no confusion. The story talks about cases in two separate communities, clearly stating that The Greens is part of Emirates Living.

    mazhar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:38 February 21, 2013

    I live in the Green Community and my dog recently got very sick after going for a walk in the park. She had all of the symptoms described and she had to be given injections for three days in a row. I had a suspicion that it was caused by the insecticide as the facilities management company Serve U goes around in utility trucks spraying thick clouds of insecticides very often. We have also noticed several dead birds in our area recently. I have contacted Serve U to get a clarification on the type of insecticides they are using but no one has responded to my requests. Union Properties needs to intervene to solve this issue at the earliest.

    Carissa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 21:38 February 20, 2013

    The writer seems confused by the names -- Green Community is in DIP and is developed by Union Properties while The Greens is on Shaikh Zayed Road and is developed by Emaar. It's better he gets more acquianted with the devleopments before writing articles on new Dubai communities.

    Vijay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 21:04 February 20, 2013

    Pet dogs are a real problem in community areas. You cannot even walk on the grass areas due to dog shit. Dubai authorities should respect the sensibilities of Muslims and ban pet dogs except inside independent villas.

    Saqeer SV, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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