Tue, 22 Jun 2021

  • Over the past 18 months, the AWS said it has treated many more pets for the ingestion of common household items like bleach, drain cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and laundry detergents.
  • Last Sunday, the AWS admitted Sisiza, a tiny, grey tabby kitten from Gugulethu, suffering from what appeared to be extensive chemical burns to her mouth.
  • Sisiza's tongue is full of little blisters which makes it near impossible for her to eat. The staff had to place her on a drip to feed her.

The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa (AWS) has advised households with pets to make sure their detergents are kept far away from animals.

Over the past 18 months, the organisation said it has treated a lot more pets for the ingestion of common household items like bleach, drain cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and laundry detergents.

The AWS said very few people appear to be aware that the ingredients that make disinfectants effective make them toxic for animals.

Last Sunday, the AWS admitted Sisiza, a tiny, grey tabby kitten from Gugulethu, suffering from what appeared to be extensive chemical burns to her mouth.

Her tongue and lips were so badly burnt that she could not eat or retract her tongue, causing her to drool uncontrollably, the organisation said.

Burnt effect Kitten droolingPhoto Supplied

The AWS suspects that Sisiza ingested bleach that her owner uses to clean and disinfect her home.

AWS spokesperson Allan Perrins told News24 that when Sisiza was placed onto the scale to be weighed, the digital read-out barely moved, recording her weight at a mere 1.1kg's.

"She needed to eat and keep her food down but that was proving to be a real challenge," he said.

Sisiza's tongue is full of little blisters which made it near impossible for her to eat. The staff had to place her on a drip to feed her.

She is under constant observation and despite trying to eat, she fails to keep anything down.

According to Perrins, the inside of her lips are raw, and her little tongue has doubled in size as she fights for her life.

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"We have placed her on a course of antibiotics and strong pain medication to keep her as pain-free and comfortable as possible and are feeding her soft food only."

Perrins visited her recently and was shocked to see the extent of the burns, but even more astonished that she managed to purr the entire time while he cradled her in his arms.

The healing process of any burn wound for an animal is always lengthy, he said.

"We hope this [warning] will spare other pets from suffering a similar fate," Perrins added.

Source: News24

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