Animals

Before picking up a puppy from the street, read these recommendations

If you are an animal lover, you will surely have faced some time when their abuse or neglect can become almost a pain of their own, since situations like that of stray dogs become so sensitive to a human being that even these beings have an international day that seeks to raise awareness about its condition.

Its about International Street Dog Day, which has been observed every July 27 since 2012, promoted by animal organizations that point out that it is not a holiday itself, but a day to call attention to the treatment of these animals.

With the observance of the day, the activists ask to do something for these dogs in a street situation, whether to feed them, take them to the veterinarian or decide to adopt one.

HOW TO HELP

If you are interested in joining the rescue of a stray dog, the first thing you should do is find a way to remove it from the harmful environment in which he is, but with special care in the way you approach him, so that he gradually gets used to you.

Because most non-governmental organizations and shelters are saturated, the World Society for the Protection of Animals indicates that good advice is to take it home with youAt least until you find another home.

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If you do not have the opportunity to keep it in your home, the suggestion is Give it in adoption, but you must ensure that the animal is castrated, and whoever takes care of him, comply with your care.

Finally, in terms of your health, regardless of whether you stay with or give it up for adoption, it is important take it as soon as possible to a veterinarian to verify your health status and complete your vaccination schemeLikewise, you should place special emphasis on your diet, because due to your previous eating style, you can't start giving concentrated food immediately, but you must start with homemade food, until your digestive system is ready to process the ideal food.

Activists ask to do something for these dogs in a street situation, either feed them, take them to the vet or decide to adopt one. (ARCHIVE)

Veterinary

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Puppies receive part of the defenses through breast milk in their first days of life. But nevertheless, those animals whose mothers have been abandoned or on the street may be more exposed to diseases as the immune system of the parent is usually compromised and diminished by inadequate sanitary conditions.

This time the expert José Manuel Lasso Delgado, a member of the Small Animal Clinic of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the National University of Colombia, gives some useful advice on vaccination for people who see as an option to be a place of passage or take a street puppy for adoption.

Vaccination is an important process within the health plan of dogs, since it allows the generation and strengthening of the immune system against some diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.

It is the veterinarian who must guide and individualize the sanitary recommendations according to the specific conditions of the animal, such as origin, age, area where you will live, health status, among others. According to this, a vaccination plan should be created according to the puppy.

It's recommended that the first vaccine is applied at 45 days of age starting with triple canine vaccination, which will protect the puppy against Parvovirus, Distemper (known as Moquillo) and Hepatitis.

The following vaccines will be a reinforcement of these previous ones adding some other agents that can cause diseases, so sand will carry out the reinforcement every 2 to 3 weeks until completing the entire puppy vaccination plan and according to the evaluation made by the veterinarian. It usually begins with 1 or 2 separate doses of Pentavalent vaccination, which promote immunity against other agents such as Parainfluenza and Leptospira.

Finally, the reinforcement of these added to Rabies, which is the Hexavalent or Sextuple vaccine, will be applied. It will also be necessary to apply it as an annual reinforcement in the adult life of the animal.

It is important to clarify that Rabies vaccination is not recommended in puppies under 12 weeks old.

Some important guidelines that should be taken into consideration may be:

• On the recommendation and supervision of the veterinarian, it is recommended that the dog be previously wormed before starting its vaccination schedule.

• It is not advisable to join it with other animals until it is checked by a veterinarian, thereby avoiding possible contagion of part and part.

• In some cases, laboratory tests such as hemograms and coprology in puppies are indicated before starting the vaccination process.

JOSE MANUEL LASSO DELGADO
Veterinarian
Small Animal Clinic
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBIA

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