Over the past 6 weeks the San Pedro Animal Hospital has been diagnosing and treating an increasing number of puppies for Parvovirus infection. While in a normal year the SPAH encounters 2-3 cases of Parvovirus, the number this year has already climbed to five-times this amount. Over the past six-weeks alone, ten cases have presented with more expected to develop.
It is believed that Parvovirus has come to the island through the increasing number of puppies being brought over from the mainland. As the number increases, Parvovirus is likely spreading between the dogs and puppies on the island.
Parvovirus is a very contagious and potentially fatal virus, which puppies are very susceptible to. It can exist for a long time in the environment, and even a brief exposure is enough to make a puppy sick. Parvovirus attacks the gastrointestinal system, and the immune system of the puppy. The infection leads to serious dehydration and secondary infections by bacteria.
The early signs of parvovirus are vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody) and lethargy. Early treatment is the best chance the puppy can have for surviving. Delaying treatment by even 2-3 days very much reduces the puppy’s chances of survival.
Proper vaccination is the most important method of protection owners can take. The Parvovirus is a portion of the DHLPP vaccine, which all puppies should be receiving. The first vaccine is usually given at 6-8 weeks of age, and then repeated every 3-4 weeks until 15 weeks of age. The initial vaccines offer some protection, but puppies are not completely protected until they receive all the vaccines. This vaccine is then repeated yearly for the dog’s life.
Until a puppy has received all his/her vaccines, the puppy should not be going to public places, and interacting with other potentially unvaccinated dogs
The SPAH strongly encourages everyone with a young puppy to get their dog vaccinated early, and to ensure they receive all their boosters. As well, if you have a young puppy, watch for signs of illness, and seek early treatment from a veterinarian. In this way, we can all do our part to rid the island of this deadly disease.
The next poker run which will start at Caribbean Villas Hotel at 6.15 pm on saturday august 1. All are welcome and,of course,no-one actually needs to know the rules of poker,and a capacity for alcohol is possibly far more important.
There are nearly 100 police officers on the island and without a doubt the burglaries have gone down. This is a very promising step but everyone has to be vigilant,and we at the AD still give kudos to the various neighborhood watches which work very well pin conjunction with the police.
The weather is just great and it is just about time to eat my breakfast and go and find out if Charles has put out my cushions on my personal sun lounger. I just need a little breakfast and then a day of being petted by all the guests-tough but someone has to do it.
The boss’s niece has arrived and as she is quite sporty IO hope that she manages to take the riff raff off to the beach. Jambo really isn’t that bad but he loves Jager and copies what she does which is to the detriment of myself.
A very lively disc ussion was held in the hour bar which is in Belize City,and the point made by many that if someone writes a story they should have the balls to say and write that they actually wrote it.
The defendant a certain Peter Lawrence pointed out that nothing would get published as all articles that people did not like would be threatened by lawyers an injunction for libel would be issued and then with the legal system in Belize the case may never get to trial but no-one would be allowed to point out the perpetrators until the year z. The argument for was that it unfairly abuses innocent people and that for the greater good all articles have to have an author.
The Ambergris Daily has had a number of lawyers get in touch with the owner (some bloke in Oklahoma) and he has taken down articles-one was taken down and only a few weeks later this realtor was arrested by the US marshals and is currently doing time courtesy of the US government. He was operating under an alias,another realtor was arrested and imprisoned for burglary and theft and beating up his favourite drug dealer. We have a current one who has threatened legal action for the mis-appropriation of funds of 225,000usd-readers will remember that it was reported but until the clients actually take this miscreant or indeed miscreants to court they are innocent. This event has happened over 18 months ago and one of the couple has died and the other hates Belize-believing that the pressure of having to pay the final payment (which was being held by the agent(s) in their bank account and when it came time to pay there was no monies in the account to pay-apparentle a very successful and very expensive world holiday was enjoyed by both) to the seller contributed to ill health.
Amazingly the money has yet to be paid back and The AD is expecting to hear from the company’s lawyers.
How many times are we as country going to allow people to come to our island and run scams,and then leave -sometimes with the help of foreign police forces or as per normal just leaving with a lot of dish in the proverbial suitcase.
It is a great day,a few puffy clouds,blue skies with some darker ones on the other side of the reef. The breeze is just wonderful and all in all a balcony overlooking the sea is a great place to have breakfast.
The dogs having spent all day,yesterday,eating bar-b-que and running into the sea chasing coconuts are a little tired and have yet to arrive for breakfast.
It is a fabulous day. There is a light breeze with a few puffy clouds in the sky. A great day to go out on the water.
As usual CVH has its weekly BBQ serving the best ribs in town and if you don’t believe us come and try them and then you can argue with Amanda if you don’t think so. There is music by DJ Debbie who plays very great beach side music.
don’t forget that as usual during the slow season Pedro’s is offering 2 for 1 pizza’s (no delivery), from 4pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.