Where When How — Summer 2017
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Kathi Barrington


A distraught potcake owner brought his puppy, Buggy, into the April TCSPCA Wellness/Spay/Neuter clinic. The pup was lethargic, unnaturally hot, and presented with a skin condition. He also smelled weird and was greasy to the touch.

His owner initially told us that he had bathed him in the sea and that's what had caused the patchy coat and skin condition. Because the little guy’s temperature was high, the vets suspected Parvovirus, but he tested negative for that deadly disease, which is so prevalent on Provo.

Further questioning of his owner revealed that because Buggy had fleas and ticks, someone had told him to bathe the dog in engine oil to remove the parasites. As sad as this was, we knew his actions resulted from misinformation, and that the owner had not deliberately put his pet in danger.

Buggy received the full TCSPCA ‘spa’ treatment, including several baths which gently removed the engine oil. Once he was clean, and had cooled down, we gave him his first (of three) vaccinations to prevent him from getting Parvo. The grateful owner took Buggy home.

But four days later, Buggy was back at the TCSPCA, and he looked terrible. He had lost a lot of weight and showed many other symptoms of Parvo.

Director Susan Blehr administered fluids to the dangerously dehydrated Buggy, and we sent he and his owner home with medications and instructions on how and when to administer them. We wished him luck, as this pup looked bad.

Daily calls to check on Buggy proved our prognosis pessimistic. Buggy hung in there. A week later his owner told TCSPCA volunteers that he had gained weight and regained his ‘inner puppy.’ Buggy was one of the lucky 50% of pups treated for Parvo with the TCSPCA’s treatment protocol, which survived.

The owner was thrilled and volunteers at the TCSPCA were too. Buggy’s ‘dad’ had learned how to safely treat his pet for fleas and ticks, and the importance of puppy vaccinations. Ideally he will pass this information onto his friends. The TCSPCA will follow up with reminder calls to bring Buggy in for his remaining puppy vaccinations. Puppies are not fully protected from Parvovirus until several days after the final vaccination.

Eighty animals were spayed or neutered during the April clinic, and many pet owners, including Buggy’s, learned how to better care for their animals. Education on responsible pet ownership, affordable spay/neuter clinics and foster adoption is the foundation of the TCSPCA’s mandate to be a voice for those who cannot speak. If you would like to support this wonderful organisation, please visit the website at www.tcspca.tc to see how you can help.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR RESCUE, FOSTER, ADOPTION, DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS AND COURIERS OF POTCAKE PUPPIES AND KITTENS TCSPCA - Turks & Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Providenciales 649-231-3052 - 941-8846 - susan@tcspca.tc - www.TCSPCA.tc - Grand Turk 241-4378

TAKE A POTCAKE FOR A WALK ON THE BEACH, 10AM-1PM, CLOSED SUNDAYS Potcake Place at The Saltmills - 649-231-1010 - mail@PotcakePlace.com - www.PotcakePlace.com