CARE AND TREATMENT






Protecting your pet in an emergency

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REAL MEN NEUTER THEIR DOGS

Advice from veterinarians on emergency treatment and information on common diseases of pets:

Emergency poisoning treatment

Tratamento de emergência contra o envenenamento

Spraying of public places with dangerous, life-threatening chemicals

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

WARNING - WRONG NARCOTICS! Advised narcotics by veterinarian: Zoletil 100 - Zolezepan

BAD ones because the animal feels the pain still : Xylazine - Ketamine

Euthanasia

Dogs and Cats Care:
http://www.angelswish.org/PDFs/AWIFosterParentHandbook.pdf

Treatment of wounds

Treatment of burns

Distemper

LEISHMANIASIS

information from www.goedleven.be


Click here for Portuguese information on the treatment of Leishmaniasis such as type and doses
Glucantime (injections) as a starter boost if the kidneys and liver are functioning well - Alopurinol (tablets) in a sustained correct dose for life (twice a day).
START THE TREATMENT WITH THE COMBINATION OF GLUCANTIME (once a day) AND ALOPURINOL (twice a day) !
Glucantime 20-30 doses depending on the progress of the treatment

Visible symptoms are:
Wounds that won't heal at the ears, nostrils, legs, pads and/or bottom, "cauliflower" nose, dermatitis with scabs most notable around the eyes, protruding crooked nails in damaged nail-beds, watery eyes, loss of weight, depression


information from www.goedleven.be

WARNING:
We are informed on a number of incidences of false test results by "instant result" tests.
The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is named as an excellent test.

Note AAP: We do not approve of killing dogs that can be cured.

Leishmaniasis is considered to be a contagious and dangerous disease which it is NOT. False test results have a serious repercussion on the lives of dogs. In many countries dogs with Leishmaniasis have to be killed. Consequently dogs with false positive test results have been killed too! Acting on false test results also leads to unnecessary burdensome and costly treatment or no treatment for dogs that need it. So it is very important to be sure before you act.

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is named as an excellent test.The Witness test is a generally used test for detection of Leishmaniasis amongst other blood disorders. In case of a positive test result a second test to verify the primary outcome and to define the basis for treatment is needed.
To eliminate false test results this should be done by a specified, good laboratory. For practical purposes I.F.I. (Indirect Immuno Fluorescence) is the best lab test, although more sophisticated ones are also available.
For the Iberian peninsula the lab of Dr. Echevarne in Barcelona is named as the best for this second test. Barcelona Tel.: 935 040 100 Fax: 932 154 838 Director: Dr. Fernando Echevarne Horario: lunes a viernes: 6.00-21.00 h nbspsábado: 8.00-13.00 h
For the north of Europe: Med. Lab. Marienhof MG in Germany fax: 0049 2161 819475.
Dutch laboratorium for several types of bloodtests EVL;
European Veterinary Laboratory Postbus 198 3440AD Woerden.
Tel.: 0348-412549 Fax: 0348-414626

Visit these web sites:

LEISHMANIASIS
by D. Strauss-Ayali and G. Baneth

Leishmania Donovani Infantum, an approach to the problem
by Gonzalo Grijelmo also English text


Idexx provides diagnostic tests which the veterinarian can do him (her) self.
With some drops of blood a dog can be tested in some minutes on several parasites that are in the Meditaranean region.
There is a combined test for heartworm, lyme and Erlichia and one test for Leishmania.
Idexx is situated in several countries.
The Spanish address is: Idexx Laboratorios S.L.
Avda. Diagonal n" 618, 5"F 08021 Barcelona,Spain

In short, be very careful avoiding dramatic consequences of false test results and have second tests done by an excellent lab.

Leishmaniasis is caused by a protozoal parasite. It is primarily found in (sub)tropical areas such as the Mediterranean basin and in the Middle East. Leishmaniasis is not, as people believe, transmitted by the mosquito but by the bite of the very small female sandfly. A characteristic feature of the sandfly is that they move in groups as erratically jumping small clouds in the air. This sandfly is active from before sunset and during the night. Keep your pets inside especially at night. People can not get Leishmaniasis from their pets but they can be bitten by the sandfly as well.

Symptoms of Leishmaniasis in dogs include weight loss, swelling of the joints, lameness, bleeding, and swelling of lymph nodes. Skin lesions and kidney failure frequently develop in afflicted dogs. The disease can be fatal in dogs as the organs gradually get severely damaged. Treatment with Glucantime injections results in remission of the disease though not a totally "clean" recovery. Life-long follow up treatment with Alopurinol will prevent multiplication of the surviving parasites. In other words, the parasite is very difficult to eradicate from an infected dog but - if detected in an early stadium before vital organs are damaged - the dog can lead a normal life.

If any of you have had personal experience with canine Leishmaniasis, we would like to hear from you.
As progress is made in the treatment of Leishmaniasis we should be less inclined to kill lovely animals that can lead a normal life with the right treatment. Information on the new treatment: Oleyl-PC newly developed by Prof. Dr H. Eibel, fax 0049- 5512011753; tel secr (8.00-12.00) 0049 5512011315

Visit Canine visceral Leishmaniasis

Our personal experience:

Our lovely dog was feeling unwell and depressed. After a blood test by our veterinarian we heard that she has Leishmaniasis. After determining that kidney and liver functions were OK she received the initial cure with 21 Glucantime (antimoniato de N- metilglucamina) subcutaneous injections every other day to bring down the number of parasites. As follow up she gets 300 mg Uriprim (alopurinol) pills twice a day to prevent eventual remaining parasites to multiply. She is happy and playing and running with our other dogs like before. We wanted to keep her alive and we are very happy we did so. We are very grateful to our veterinarian for is excellent guidance in this matter.

Click here for Portuguese information on the treatment of Leishmaniasis





CANINE PARVOVIRUS

FOCAL POINT
-Aggressive treatment can dramatically increase survival of patients with canine parvovirus enteritis.
KEY FACTS
-In-house ELISAs allow for rapid diagnosis, but false-positives can result when dogs have been recently vaccinated with attenuated virus vaccins, and false-negatives can result when antibodies from blood in the feces bind to antigen.
-If serum albumin drops below 1.5 g/dl or total protein decreases below 3.5 g/dl, an untravenous colloid should be given.
-Intravenous bactericidal antibiotics are indicated for puppies with neutropenia and hemorrhagic diarrhea.
-Antiendoroxin should be given before antibiotics because endotoxins are released as bacteria are killed.



THE TREATMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING DISEASES :
theileriose;
anaplasmose;
piroplasmose;
ehrlichiose;
borreliose:
-Also DOXICICLINE antibiotics, under the name Ronaxan or Actidox, 100mg per 10 kilo, twice a day during 3 weeks. Do not give milk products.
-IMIZOL injection 1 ml per 20 kilo and repeat after 2 weeks.
-anti-fever



HEARTWORM

The heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes.

The heartworm is a long thin worm that gradually but in the end literally clogs the heart as if it is stuffed with spaghetti. Untreated it is always fatal. In danger areas it is only a matter of time before a dog will be infected unless it is protected by a heartworm preventive. There are many excellent products on the market that you can purchase from your vet, including some that have dual or multi-preventive qualities. You can give your dog a pill once a month and not only prevent heartworms, but also flea infestations, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.. You can even buy a monthly topical heartworm application that will protect your dog against ear mites, flea infestations, mange and ticks. The vast majority of stray dogs have heartworm disease. Despite the fact that heartworm disease is curable for economical reasons detection forms a death sentence even at private shelters. The disease is a huge burden for rescue groups as shelters call them, hoping they can save the dog. And most of the dogs they are called upon to help by individuals who have found lost or stray dogs, have the disease. If a dog is fairly young and otherwise healthy, and the disease is not too far advanced, it is now possible to completely cure it. In recent years the treatment has been refined and most dogs who undergo it recover completely. The test for heartworm requires only one drop of blood and a rapid analysis and is free of charge in many vet practices.

How can you help?

First, if you are interested in adopting a dog that has been treated for heartworm disease, but worried about the long term effects on its health, please know that these dogs can live normal healthy lives following treatment. We suggest that you consult your own vet to confirm this. Then don't be afraid to lose your heart to one of these dogs. Second, if you are financially able, we ask you to donate the (documented) cost of the dogs complete veterinary treatment as your adoption fee. Many people are willing to independently foster the stray they have found.

Please be a responsible owner and keep any dogs you have on a heartworm preventive. It really takes so little to keep your dog safe from this deadly disease.



CATARACT, an eye impairment, can be treated!

In Portugal cataract surgery is carried out at the Faculdade de Veterin·ria, Lisbon, tel 21-365'28'00, by veterinarian Dr. Limão de Oliveira.



SPONDILITIS AND OSTEOARTHRITIS

We received the following information 18 august 2004:

"The medication I give our dog which has spondolitis and (I believe) osteo-arthritis as well) is "Extra strength" Chondroitin Complex Gel (500mg glucosamine sulphate, 400 mg chondroitin sulphate, 15mg citrus bioflavonoids and 0.33mg manganese per capsule).

The important element is that it is SULPHATE. For humans they recommend 3 capsules per day. I give her 1 capsule per day. You might not have seen it, but these days she jumps off the ground on all four legs which was impossible before. I also think that giving her dog food that is especially for older dogs has made a difference. Long may she live !!"



on October 28, 2004 we received the following email message from CAROLYN:

Poisoning on the Foz do Arelho beach and how she managed to save the life of her 2 dogs.

I thought you might be interested to know that I had two of my own dogs poisoned on the Foz do Arelho beach on Sunday morning whilst we were all walking. The smallest dog(6kgs.) must have eaten quite a lot of the poison because he was very badly affected. According to the Vet it must have been Insecticide that someone put into some food and left on the Beach, on purpose because there are many abandoned dogs on that beach.
I managed to save the dog¥s life with Homeopathic remedies whilst we got him to a Vet. He received the Anti-dote and was given a charcoal mixture, taken orally. He was on a drip for 30 minutes, and now I am treating him with Natural Remedies for flushing out his kidneys and liver, and for regenerating the liver. I had both dogs on leads and I always watch carefully when they walk there that they dont pick up anything, so the scrap of food must have been very small, and the poison very strong!!!
my dog received the Anti-dote injection of Apropina (for that particular type of reaction he was having). There is a poison that is used where the dog has intermittent jerking spasms. For this type, they do not give the injection, they flush and stomach pump and then put the animal onto a drip. He then received a black liquid(Carvao Vegetal) that looks like and is Charcoal. This brings all the poison in the body, to one place(the Bowel), and then the dog passes it out. He was then put on a dripoff 5% glucose with water, for 30 minutes. When I brought him back from the beach in the early morning, and I realised he had eaten poison, I gave him the Homeopathy. One dose of Phosphorous immediately, then Nux Vomica 30 or 200 (whichever you have), and Carbo Veg 200 or 30, 3 doses of each, 1 hour apart (if you can afford the time. I could n¥t raise a Vet at 9.30am on a Sunday morning, so I gave the Nux and Carb Veg. 5 minutes apart for 3 doses of each. This is what stabilised the dog and helped him to breathe a little bit. His tongue was blue and he was shaking all over with muscular spasms.
He lost control of his bowel and foam was blocking his throat. He is on the mend now and I am giving him Boldo Cynara 3 times a day for 2 weeks, which drains the kidneys and Liver, and also Cardo Mariano(Milk Thistle) which will regenerate the liver and kidneys. This I am also giving him for 2 weeks.



DECLAWING YOUR CAT

PAWS COME WITH CLAWS - THAT'S ONE OF NATURE'S LAWS
Many cat owners, who genuinely love their cats, have no idea what declawing means to their animals. Declawing means far more than leaving your cat defenseless against an attack outdoors.

Scratching is a normal characteristic of a healthy cat. It exercises the foot muscles and removes dead tissue from the nails. It also has a soothing, comforting effect that creates a tranquil disposition.

IT MEANS:
The severing of ligaments and tendons that bring pain.
The creating of an imbalance that can lead to injury.
A change in personality and temperament.
A cat may go berserk, bite and growl.
It means you, as the cat guardian, have renounced the responsibility you assumed when you fell in love with that kitten or cat.

HOW IMPORTANT ARE A CAT'S CLAWS?

Dr. Louis J. Camuti, a practicing veterinarian for 58 years, puts it this way: "I wouldn't declaw a cat if you paid me $1,000 per nail!"
Have you often wondered at a cat's remarkable grace and agility, it's faultless sense of balance?
To a great extent, this is due to its ingeniously designed retractable claws that allow it to establish footing for walking, running, springing, climbing or stretching.

WHAT HAPPENS TO A CAT WHEN IT IS DECLAWED?

First, it awakens from anesthesia, with its feet throbbing under the bandages, next, it has pain and then it finds it has trouble walking.
The physical effect of declawing is gradual weakening of the muscles of the legs, shoulder and back. Balance is impaired. Emotionally cats feel defenceless and thus live in a constant state of stress, making them more prone to disease.
Despite its grace, a cat is not sure-footed. Without the lighting-quick ability to grasp with its claws, it can easily be injured in a fall.
Deprived of its claws, a cat may turn to its only other form of defense- its teeth. It is fairly common for a declawed cat to become a biter. They do this out of fear and frustration.

WHY DO PEOPLE MAKE THEIR ANIMALS SUFFER THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORIENTATION OF DECLAWING?

"To protect the furniture" is the most common reason.
"To keep my cat from scratching us when we try to play with him" is another.
What can you as a cat guardian do to protect yourself and your furniture without harming your cat?

GIVE YOUR CAT A MANICURE

It's best to start when it's a kitten. Take your cat to a professional groomer, or you can do it yourself. Use a pair of clippers made especially for cats. Have your vet show you how.

PROVIDE YOUR CAT WITH HIS OWN FURNITURE

Your cat should be fluffy-the scratching post should be rough and coarse. Buy a sisal (a harsh, scratchy hemp product) scratching post or make your own inexpensively.

TRAIN YOUR CAT

When a kitten starts to scratch furniture, gently pull it off and place its front paws on the scratching post. Keep the post in an easily accessible place so the cat becomes accustomed to using it.
If an older cat persists in scratching furniture, give it a squirt of lukewarm water from a child's water gun. Spray it any place but in the face. At the same time, say a sharp "NO." then take it back to its scratching post.
Shake a small amount of pleasantly scented bath oil on a piece of cotton. Attach the cotton to the part of the furniture that the cat scratches. It will repel the cat as long as the aroma remains.
Your cat gives you love and loyalty. Its the most it can give. You owe it the same love and loyalty. But you owe it one thing more-to leave its paws with claws.

SO, IF YOU LOVE YOUR CAT, DON'T DECLAW IT!

From EnglandGal@aol.com
Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2004
Subject: ANIMAL RIGHTS ONLINE newsletter - Part 1 - Issue # 09/05/04




RESCUED TONI IN 2006

PORTUGAL poisoning on the FOZ DO ARELHO BEACH: 2 Dogs poisoned and surived because of the good help by Carolyn
On October 28, 2004 we received the following email message from Carolyn

I thought you might be interested to know that I had two of my own dogs poisoned on the Foz do Arelho beach on Sunday morning whilst we were all walking. The smallest dog(6kgs.) must have eaten quite a lot of the poison because he was very badly affected. According to the Vet it must have been Insecticide that someone put into some food and left on the Beach, on purpose because there are many abandoned dogs on that beach.
I managed to save the dog s life with Homeopathic remedies whilst we got him to a Vet. He received the Anti-dote and was given a charcoal mixture, taken orally. He was on a drip for 30 minutes, and now I am treating him with Natural Remedies for flushing out his kidneys and liver, and for regenerating the liver.
I had both dogs on leads and I always watch carefully when they walk there that they dont pick up anything, so the scrap of food must have been very small, and the poison very strong!!!
My dog received the Anti-dote injection of Apropina (for that particular type of reaction he was having). There is a poison that is used where the dog has intermittent jerking spasms.
For this type, they do not give the injection, they flush and stomach pump and then put the animal onto a drip. He then received a black liquid(Carvao Vegetal) that looks like and is Charcoal.
This brings all the poison in the body, to one place(the Bowel), and then the dog passes it out. He was then put on a dripoff 5% glucose with water, for 30 minutes.
When I brought him back from the beach in the early morning, and I realised he had eaten poison, I gave him the Homeopathy. One dose of Phosphorous immediately, then Nux Vomica 30 or 200 (whichever you have), and Carbo Veg 200 or 30, 3 doses of each, 1 hour apart (if you can afford the time. I could n¥t raise a Vet at 9.30am on a Sunday morning, so I gave the Nux and Carb Veg. 5 minutes apart for 3 doses of each.
This is what stabilised the dog and helped him to breathe a little bit. His tongue was blue and he was shaking all over with muscular spasms.
He lost control of his bowel and foam was blocking his throat. He is on the mend now and I am giving him Boldo Cynara 3 times a day for 2 weeks, which drains the kidneys and Liver, and also Cardo Mariano(Milk Thistle) which will regenerate the liver and kidneys. This I am also giving him for 2 weeks.



WARNING - HARTZ ADVANCED FLEA AND TICK DROPS

From: Julia Sharp, juliatat@yahoo.com


Subject: Terrible experience... Please read and spread the word!!!

Last night at midnight a friend came to the house and told me our mutual friend was laying in his driveway holding his dog and crying. He was saying to his dog how sorry he was, that he only wanted to help him, please don't die. I was told Andy used Hartz advanced flea and tick drops on Scruffy. I nearly fainted. Andy is poor, has no phone, limited use of a car. This poor guy has no family, they are all deceased, and his family is his four dogs. Scruffy is a 100 pound mixed breed dog with a history of epilepsy. Scruffy was having flea problems so Andy, not having much money, bought the Hartz product from K-Mart. He applied the product early yesterday morning. By 6pm Scruffy was lethargic, staggering, disoriented. By 8pm Scruffy started seizing. With no phone,living in a rural area, all Andy could think to do was wash Scruffy with lots of water. Since Scruffy was seizing, Andy gave him a dose of pheno barbital, Scruffy's seizure medicine. The seizures slowed down. Our mutual friend just happened to be close to Andy's around 11pm and decided to check on him and see if he needed anything. That is when he found Andy and Scruffy in the drive. When he saw the condition Andy was in, and the problems Scruffy was having, he decided to come to my house, less than 5 miles away from Andy's house, and see if I had any info on this product. I told him to go back and use his cell and page the vet to meet them at the clinic immediately. I told him this is a potentially deadly product that needs to be removed from the market. Keep the package and get to the vets right away. Don't worry about the bill...I told him to tell Andy that I would deal with Hartz later.

This morning early I went to Andy's and Scruffy was weak, dazed, slightly shocky and still needing to get to the vet. I was shocked he wasn't at the vets already. The vet did not answer the late night page. Our mutual friend had left Andy the cell phone. Andy had called the vet and a ride. He informed me that his ride would be there any minute. I wrote down the information from the package, told him to call me if his ride didn't show. Scruffy is at the vets now but is still not out of the woods....please say a gentle prayer for Scruffy....and Andy.

I called Hartz. I told them what happened to Scruffy. They took the information and gave me a case number for Andy. He told me that Hartz would pay the vet bill and refund his money for the product if we provided the information and a vet report. I asked him if he thought that would make up for a man possibly losing his best friend. No answer. Then I asked them if Hartz was making so much money on this product that they continued to market it, knowing it's deadly potential....IS THE PROFIT WORTH THE COSTS OF PAYING THE CLAIMS? No answer. I told him that I felt Hartz was marketing this poison to a lower income group of people and that their company was banking on consumer ignorance. No answer. I asked him if paying the claims was cheaper than pulling the product...again..no answer. I asked this rep what he personally felt about this product. He told me that he only took the complaints, he had no answers. I asked him if he liked working for a company that profited o! n the death of companion animals. No answer. So I told him that if I worked for any company that murdered animals that I would quit that employ and make a lot of noise about it. I told him his personal standards must be very low or completely lacking. Still no answer. I want answers. I am sure there are many victims of this product that want answers.. He ended our conversation asserting that Hartz flea and tick drops are safe and he THANKED ME FOR USING HARTZ PRODUCTS!!!!!!!! I hung up before I said something very insulting....then I cried for all the animals that have died so Hartz could make money.

PLEASE make it a point to tell everyone you know to boycott these products. Educate everyone about the potential hazards of these products. And please look in the links below and sign the petition against Hartz...thanks....Julia

Hartz Victims


WARNING Collars of woven nylon webmaterial are dangerous

From: JOHNANDEBHANCOCK@AOL.com>
Subject: Please let every dog owner you know....Extremely dangerouscollar!!!

THIS COULD SAVE YOUR DOGS LIFE!!!

We hope this email may save a life. Unfortunately it is a horrible lesson we just learned. You may remember the beautiful girl we rescued out of O.C. shelter. 'Aya'. Aya was out in the back playing rough with our
other dog unsupervised ..during this play her 'Nylon web collar ' came off. No biggie right DEADLY WRONG!!! As with many young dogs Aya loves to chew 'everything' and she ate her collar leaving only the plastic clip,
adjuster, metal ring and license all this happened in less than a half hour Friday night. Sat am she had only passed a few small pieces vet said to watch her and all should pass in 24 hrs. Sunday am she was not doing
well.took her to emergency by noon Sunday she was in surgery!!!!
Severe blockage in several areas of the small intestines and much of the collar had unraveled and was trailing throughout her intestines and stomach . The vet had to remove several sections of intestine where the nylon fibers had ineffect knotted her intestine. We lost her at 5am this morning. we are
crushed

The way these collars and leashes are woven even 1inch can unravel to
threads several yards long and the Nylon does not break it just keeps
unraveling so please forward this on.

We are heartbroken. Jeff & Chika Kritz

In answer to your questions...no We don't have a pic of the collar for you
or a brand name. This makes no difference,these items are sold by the 100's
at 'EVERY' pet store in the US. We purchased ours at a local feed/pet store
in town. Go to a Petsmart or Petco and you will see dozens of sizes,patterns
and colors on the shelf. A more detailed description: Woven Nylon Web
material made in many colors and patterns. We have all seen them and most of
us with dogs have such items. In my opinion it does not matter if the clasp
or buckle is metal or plastic...that is not what caused our babys
death.....it was the Nylon webbing coming unraveled in her digestive tract.
This warning is for "ALL" nylon collars, muzzles,harnesses,leads,leashes and
like products that when chewed could unravel.
Thanks, Jeff Kritz



TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR ALLERGIES UNDER CONTROL
From Krista Mifflin,Your Guide to Dogs - From Animal-Net forwarded by joe miele jmmiele@optonline.net


Are you one of the many dog lovers that can't be in the same room as a dog without degenerating into a sneezing fit? Don't despair! You are not alone!

http://dogs.about.com/cs/allergies/a/allergy_help_p.htm

Start now
a.. Visit your Allergist. Many are sympathetic to the pet lover's plight, and anti-histamine therapy is available for minour allergies. Immunotherapy allergy shots are also there for the heavy-hitting allergens. Ask your Allergist about starting a therapeutic program to get a handle on your allergies.
a.. Air Filters are essential to any allergic household, regardless of pets
present or not.
a.. Carpetting should be removed regardless of the impending presence of pets or not. Carpet is one the biggest allergen collecting items, and with a pet, that effect is intensified.

Daily Allergy Controllers
a.. Brushing your dog daily, especially during shedding season, in a well-ventilated area (preferably outdoors) can minimize the dust from floating furballs inside the house.
a.. Vacuuming regularly, to catch and remove the afore-mentioned "floating furballs".

Weekly Maintenaince
a.. Hot water washing of all sheets and bedding that the pet lays on, even yours, if your bed is his favourite resting place. Note AAP ironing works prefect
a.. Plain water rinsing of the dog will be the biggest allergen reducer. Even a dog with little dander will pick up allergens on his coat. Dust, pollen, and dirt all contribute to the "allergic" effect of a dog. Use plain water only, as shampoos and conditions can add to the allergen factor.
a.. Wash the walls and floors of your house in mild dish soap to remove accumulated dander from the walls.

It's a lot of work, but nobody can deny the effect of a loving pet on the well-being of his owner. I have found the rewards of having dogs far outweigh any inconvenience of a cleaning regime, and would not want them anywhere but by my side, in my house, and under my feet.



DR. CARLOS NÉGRIER, VETERINARIAN, SPEAKS OUT...

"In our clinic we often receive animals that are deliberately poisoned with the intention to kill them.

We know that the same happens in all clinics in the Algarve because this is a common practice in this part of the country. We think that this is a cruelty and has to be end. Therefore we would be glad to be of assistance to all who could help to change this situation.

We would be pleased to co-operate with all persons, national and international public organisations to drastically reduce or even stop this barbaric custom.

It seems to me that it is essential to involve the municipalities, as they are responsible for the gathering and sheltering of abandoned dogs, a task they neglect altogether and consequently contribute to the uncontrolled growth of that population.

It is important to make the tourist industry aware of its responsibility, as it is often reported that at some times of the year in places like golf courses many animals are poisoned to avoid any "inconvenience" to the tourists. It is also important to request the G.N.R. and the Police to find and charge the culprits. Persons and organisations in the field of animal protection should be called upon to mobilize their contacts to better the situation.

Once again, we would like to state that we are willing to co-operate with anyone who can help change this situation radically in the Algarve and the rest of Portugal."


FALA O DR. CARLOS NÉGRIER, VETERINÁRIO...

Na nossa Clínica recebemos frequentemente animais que foram envenenados com o claro propósito de os matar.

Sabemos que o mesmo acontece em todas as clínicas do Algarve, sendo tal crime prática comum na região.

Cremos que tamanha crueldade deve terminar e portanto colaboraremos com grande satisfação com seja quem for que possa ajudar a mudar este estado de coisas.

Gostaria de colaborar com todas as pessoas e entidades nacionais ou estrangeiras interessadas, para se reduzir drasticamente ou até se conseguir acabar com esta bárbara prática. Parece-me essencial envolver as Câmaras Municipais, que têm ultimamente negligenciado a recolha de canídeos abandonados, cujo número aumentou assim enormemente.

Importa sensibilizar as indústrias hoteleira e turística, pois em redor de recursos de lazer como campos de golf aparecem em certas alturas do ano muitos animais envenenados que assim já não "incomodam" os turistas.

Seria também importante pedir às diversas polícias que apurassem as responsabilidades individuais dos autores de tais crimes.

Convém envolver todos os caridosos com os animais, pois poderiam sensibilizar os demais quanto à situação.

Finalmente, informo mais uma vez que estamos sempre prontos para colaborar com quem quer que seja que possa contribuir para alterar radicalmente esta situação no Algarve como também nas demais regiões de Portugal.



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