The Hong Kong Veterinary Association is concerned to hear reports of hospitalized animals in a veterinary clinic being affected by tear gas during the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Tear gas contains aerosolized compounds which works to irritate mucus membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs.
Pets that are inadvertently affected by these aerosolised compounds may exhibit the following clinical signs:
Pet owners are recommended at this point to do the following:
The Association recommends at this point that affected animals be managed and decontaminated as below:
For pets that exhibit more severe reaction to the exposure of such chemicals, the following recommendation applies:
We are also concerned that Police Dogs are at the forefront of Police activities sometimes involving the use of tear gas. The Police dogs do not appear to be equipped with any protective gear, unlike their human counterparts.
As an organization of veterinary professionals, we are very concerned about the health and welfare of these working animals. We urge that these working dogs be given protective gears while on active duty or be entirely excluded from Police events that may involve the deployment of tear gas.
Finally, we urge all parties involved to exercise restraint to minimize collateral damage on innocent citizens and animals during this difficult time for Hong Kong.
香港獸醫恊會 Hong Kong Veterinary Association 對近日媒體報導指有獸醫診所內留院的寵物受到催淚煙影響表示極度關注.
催淚煙是一種白色粉末, 可以經爆炸釋放出催淚劑. 此化學物對動物可造成的影響及徵狀大致如下: