ANITA'S ANIMAL CORNER
By Jean Sutherland
Animals Shelter would like to congratulate The Animal Shelter in Riberas
for their successful fund raiser, raising $30,000 and the Lakeside Spay
& Neuter for their fashion show fund raiser, raising $50,000 pesos.
It is wonderful to see the community support for these two worthwhile
dog may have a sweet tooth. He or she may even enjoy the holidays but
there are some things that wont bring your companion animal joy.
Listed here are some of the dangerous substances that can be found in
or around your home.
Foods to Avoid Feeding to Your Pet: alcoholic
beverages, avocado, chocolate (all forms of chocolate), coffee (all
forms of coffee), fatty foods, macadamia nuts, moldy or spoiled foods,
onions, onion powder, raisins and grapes, yeast dough. Now I have often
given Suzy and Maggie some of these items but in very small quantities.
What you dont want to have happen is that they get into a large
quantity while you are not in the house.
Warm Weather Hazards-Animal Toxins: toads, insects, spiders, snakes
and scorpions, blue-green algae in ponds, citronella candles, cocoa
mulch, compost piles, fertilizers, flea products, outdoor plants and
plant bulbs, swimming pool treatment supplies, pesticide hazards. When
using herbicides or insecticides in or around you home-always use pesticides
in accordance with label instructions. Keep pets away from treated areas
for the label recommended amount of time. Store unused products in areas
that will always be inaccessible to pets. Be aware that fly baits containing
methomyl and slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde are particularly
Medication Precaution: keep all prescriptions
and over-the-counter drugs out of the reach of your pets, including
cats that can jump up and knock them onto the ground, preferably in
closed cabinets. Remind guests to store their medications safely as
well. Pain killers, cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, antidepressants,
vitamins, and diet pills are common examples of human medication that
could be potentially lethal even in small dosages. One regular-strength
ibuprofen tablet (200mg) can cause stomach ulcers in a ten-pound dog.
Be Prepared for a Poison Emergency: Your
animal may become poisoned in spite of your best efforts to secure your
home. Because of this you have to be prepared. You should know your
veterinarians procedures for emergency situations, especially
ones that occur after usual business hours. You should keep the phone
numbers for the veterinarian and a local emergency veterinary service
in a convenient location. (We have one at Lakeside, Siegrid in Riberas.
Ring bell on side of wall.)
Poison Safety Kit: Keep a pet safety kit
on hand for emergencies. Such a kit should contain: a fresh bottle of
hydrogen peroxide 3% (USP), can of soft dog or cat food, as appropriate.
Turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medical syringe. Saline eye solution
to flush out eye contaminants. Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes
after flushing. Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid for the animal
after skin contamination. Rubber gloves. Forceps to remove stingers
or ticks. Muzzle: An excited animal may harm you. Pet carrier. As we
come to the end of our snowbird season we would like to ask anyone returning
home to consider leaving us any used or partial cleaning supplies, old
towels or rugs, newspapers and anything else that you think a shelter
could use. For those who would like to leave us something to continue
our work until their return next year, please consider leaving us some
puppy food or cat food. We desperately need both. When you get back
home please consider mailing one paperback book to us for our book sales
at the market. Our website is http://www.anitasanimals.com, our mailing
address is Anita Strehlow, ADP. Postal #269, Chapala / Jalisco, Mexico
Thanks again to all our snowbirds for
all their help and support.