Pet Project Mallorca

Every week we aim to re home an animal currently being cared for by an animal refuge on the island. The project is supported by professional photographers from around the island, the PR firm Phoenix Media, and The Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Month: February, 2015

Caterpillars and Dulce at SPAP

by VM

PET PESTS INCREASE IN MILDER WEATHER

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The dreaded processionary caterpillars are already hatching! One conscientious pet owner came into CalviaVet last week asking for advice on how to protect her cats from the perils of the hairy pests.

“I know someone whose dog had to have half its tongue removed after it ate a processinary catepillar,” she explained, “so I thought I should come in and get advice directly I saw the first one in my garden.

“The catepillars are particularly dangerous for dogs because they are more likely to try and eat them than cats are,” Dr. Juan Fernandez agreed, “but they can also cause serious skin problems for cats. Although there are pills that can be given after a pet has encountered a processionary catepillar, these take time to work. Some animals can experience serious allergic reactions, so it’s important to call immediately you see your pet has been affected, and then it can receive an intravenous injection of cortisone as quickly as possible.”

Another increased danger for some pets caused by our mild weather, is mosquitoes. These carry the devastating disease of Leishmania which annually infects hundreds of Majorcan dogs.

“Leishmania is hardly known of in Northern Europe, so many expatriates don’t realise that they need to protect their dog,” Dr. Anna Pink of CalviaVet confirmed. “It is a tropical disease spread by the tiny sand fly mosquito and works in a similar way to an autoimmune disease. It can affect all the organs of the body, but is often first picked up from skin eruptions or fast growing nails. Like malaria, it can lie dormant within an animal for a time before recurring in flare-ups.

“It’s impossible to over-stress how important it is to protect dogs from Leishmania; ironically everyone is aware that their pet should have an annual rabies vaccination, even though the island is rabies-free, but many don’t know Leishmania exists, yet it is common throughout the island,” Dr. Pink said.

Other pet diseases spread by mosquitos include Heartworm, but this is rare on the island and to date the only reported cases have been in the North. Ticks can infect animals with Anaplasmosis which causes blood clotting problems and joint pain, but this is curable with a special antibiotic.

Our unusual weather this winter has also caused the flea population to continue breeding. “Our sales of products which rid your pet and home of fleas are usually far less after November … but not this year!” Dr Pink commented.

While we may all be enjoying the clear blue skies and balmy temperatures, this long Indian summer means we need to be abnormally vigilant that our furry friends don’t fall foul of a non-dormant insect population. It is the time of year when many pet owners love rambling through the woods and mountains of our beautiful island, but we already need to keep an eye out for catepillars and take precautions against mosquitos to keep them safe. (Thanks to Calvia Vet for their report).

 

DULCE BY NAME, DULCE BY NATURE

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Dulce rushed up with 3 other wagging dogs to say hello to the visitors who wiggled their fingers through the fencing of their kennel, but as the other dogs raced away to sniff a new diversion, Dulce stayed and continued wagging at them. It was a clear invitation to come on in and say hello.

Dulce loves to be stroked and cuddled, but above all else she wants to be noticed, something that rarely happens to this truly deserving dog.  Perhaps that´s  because Dulce is now 8 years old, greying slightly at the muzzle and weighing in at around 25 kg.  She waddles a little – it´s quite funny – but she is surprisingly agile, still able to jump onto a high wall to soak up the sun´s winter rays.

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Dulce has remained un-noticed at the SPAP shelter for around 6 years.  People walk past her looking for younger or smaller models, failing to spot that Dulce will make a super, loving companion dog.  She´ll be attentive, happy to sit by your side or go out on walks, and she gets on well with children and other dogs.

Pop down to SPAP and ask to visit Dulce.  You can take your time to get to know her, to notice those gentle brown eyes, to rub your hands through her thick coat and give her a tummy rub. She loves that. Dulce is the type of dog who will repay your kindness with years of devotion, if you would just adopt her.

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Adoption enquiries to: 971 47 00 60 or visit SPAP, Camí Nou S/N S’Indioteria, 07009 Palma (www.spapmallorca.org) (Thanks to Sherry Connisbee for her report).  P.S. You can see a video of Dulce here:

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Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at www.petprojectmallorca.com All offers of help gratefully received!

 

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Natura Parc

by petprojectmallorca

There have been a lot of reports recently about the bad conditions and care of animals at the cat and dog pound based at Natura Parc in Santa Eugenia. In the interests of unbiased reporting I went along to see the conditions for myself last week. I didn’t announce that I was from a newspaper but instead told them that I was enquiring about adopting either a rabbit or a cat. I have to say I didn’t feel very comfortable about it, I guess I won’t make the greatest undercover reporter. But what I found may surprise Lovely fluffy boy bunny at Natura Parcyou dear reader as it wasn’t all bad, despite the reports. Firstly, the staff that I met there were lovely, friendly and helpful. Secondly, yes the conditions for the cats are not ideal at the moment, but they are building a block for a cattery with indoor and outdoor facilities and room for a veterinary clinic. Thirdly, it was quite a cold day when I visited and was heartened to hear that the one poor lonely rabbit (which apparently is unusual, there are often more than one waiting for a home) was being kept in a heated area rather than unheated. I almost took this furry angora boy bunny home with me. Rabbits are free to adopt, and very straightforward. You have to produce ID and sign some paperwork.

Big beautiful grey cat at Natura ParcIf you are looking for a cat then please consider going to Natura Parc first and seeing if any of them catch your eye. There were a couple that really stood out for me, including this beautiful grey girl, and a very chatty ginger tabby boy! Adoption of the cats and dogs is relatively cheap. They are chipped and vaccinated and provided with a passport for 30€ per cat and 56€ per dog.  The pound is open Monday to Saturday. Call for opening times 871 719 772. Natura Parc is close to the village of Santa Eugenia, on Ctra Palma Sineu 15.7km. The cattery isn’t so easy to find, but go to the main building and ask for directions.

Medication exchange

If you use Facebook then I urge you to join this new group online which is coordinating the exchange of medications for animals. It is being overseen by several vets and a chemist and is a great initiative in these times of financial crisis. Well done to the originators! Search for: Intercambio de medicina para animales solo en Mallorca. Perhaps you have some medications that you no longer need which you could donate?

Come!

10923191_616671161800336_4763828779924400813_nIf you want to work on some obedience skills with your dog then get yourself over to the Dogs For U workshop this Sunday. You can book by calling 626 919 312. This time it will be a “Recall Workshop: Learn how to motivate your dog to come back when called”.

 

 

Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

Yacht Crew Giving Back

by petprojectmallorca

There’s a big gang of animal lovers living in Palma who have no real chance of adopting a pet because of their work: they work on superyachts and during a contract they can be onboard for months on end and far, far from home. Which is why when they get the opportunity they seem to jump at the chance to help out the animals.  Recently they have started to go to Son Reus (just north of Palma) on Saturday mornings to walk the animals that are held there. I caught up with Ashleigh Stuart-White who gave me a report on their outing. “Yesterday was a good day at Son Reus with lots of people volunteering to walk the dogs. I found it to be better than what I had expected; the workers were helpful, and it seemed to be quite clean. The dogs were also mostly friendly, and socialised well! What saddened me was the fact that the bigger dogs were less likely to be walked. It was a positive experience on the whole, and I will definitely go back.”Some of the Saturday morning PYC gang walking the Son Reus dogs

It seems likely that if the animals are not walked by volunteers then they don’t get much exercise or interaction at all. The dogs can spend up to three months in the cages at Son Reus, and if they are not adopted or claimed then they are put down to make room for more. If you want to get even more involved then you can contact a new group called Asociacion Peluditos de Son Reus either via email: Peluditosdesonreus@gmail.com or by phone on 619 366 518. This new association is trying to work with Son Reus to improve the standards of care for the animals by offering the assistance of volunteers and also to try to facilitate the adoption system which can be prohibitively expensive by offering assistance with the costs of medication.

Ieuan Jury (pictured) has been getting involved with the Association: “Me? I’m just an animal lover who was sucked in by the system at the poundIeuan and friend and wanted to help out and spend some time with the dogs. So I started offering on the Facebook Group: Palma Yacht Crew to take people with me to help walk some of the dogs. Somehow it has snowballed and the association found me and now I’m trying to help them to help get dogs off of “Death Row”. We saved our first dog last week, Tanke.” It looks like this new association is really trying to build a good relationship with the Director at Son Reus and Pet Project wishes them all the luck in the world! If you want to get involved then do what Ieuan and Ashleigh did and just volunteer.  Thanks to Ashleigh and Ieuan for the great pictures, it certainly seemed to be a really positive and fun morning.

Ashleigh and friendOr if you prefer to go it on your own, you can go directly to Son Reus and walk the dogs there. Just pick a dog you want to take out, go to a worker (they wear blue jackets) and ask them to bring you the dog. And then you can walk them the dog on a big grass area. You can find Son Reus at Carretera Soller km 8.

 

 

Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com