Pet of the Week – Dala – Adopted!
Our featured pet this week is Dala – a medium sized, white, female, pit bull-mix with black splotches on her coat. She is approximately 2 years old. Dala was rescued by a local family in Colonia Puerta del Sol. She was wandering the streets – hungry and thirsty – without any apparent home. This family took Dala into their home and cared for her for two nights. When no neighbors came forward to claim her, they brought her to the shelter.
Dala arrived at the shelter quite malnourished. She was given flea and tick medication and nutritious food. She is receiving baths to clear up skin issues that are common in white dogs exposed to a lot of sun in tropical climates. Dala will be spayed after her medical issues have cleared and her immune system is stronger.
Adoptions – Nala and Shiva
This week there were only two adoptions – one puppy and one kitten found their Forever Homes.
Baby puppy Nala looks like a miniature Dala. She is tiny and has pink, almost translucent skin. This week friends of Ismael, the shelter manager, asked about adopting a puppy that might be overlooked by others because of health issues. This young couple chose Nala. They will continue her special baths and nutritional treatments at home. We can’t wait to see Nala’s “after” photos as she returns to good health.
Shiva is an energetic, yellow tabby kitten. She was chosen by a young woman who wanted a kitten that is very playful. Shiva likes to run and jump and will love her new home with lots of open space for playing.
Donations – Kibble, Drugs and Cleaning Supplies
This week we received a wonderful donation of cat food and a large fan from Super Supporter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth also donates her time and artistic talents to create artwork that is sold to pay for sterilization operations for the dogs and cats at the animal shelter.
It is nice to find a bright spot among all of the negativity brought about by the coronavirus. It is serendipity that Michele, an internationally known veterinarian who specializes in reestablishing endangered species, and her husband are self-isolating on their boat in the Marina area. This week Michele generously donated bottles of antibiotics and other medications to the shelter. She plans to stay in contact and will continue to help when their sailing travels bring them back to Mazatlán.
Enrique and his family spent the week posting requests on Facebook for donations of cleaning supplies for the shelter. They even set up a donation table outside of the Art Museum in El Centro. Their efforts were successful and they delivered all of the donated supplies to the shelter this week.
Thanks to all of our supporters for their efforts on behalf of Amigos de los Animales.
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
The weather is warmer; we’ve had a bit of rain and the grass and other green plants are growing. When you are out walking your dog, the chances are pretty good that he will try to chow down on some of that fresh, new greenery.
But, why do dogs eat grass?
There is no one correct answer, but most veterinarians consider grass-eating to be normal dog behavior. Eating grass has even been observed in wild dogs and wolves, who are omnivores – meat and plant eaters. Some suggest that dogs eat grass when they don’t feel well in order to make themselves vomit and then feel better. But most dogs that eat grass don’t appear to be sick beforehand. And eating grass doesn’t always mean the dog will vomit. Some dogs graze indiscriminately and never throw up. The majority of dogs aren’t sick before they eat grass and don’t throw up after they eat grass.
Other theories on grass-eating are that this practice improves digestion or acts as a treatment for intestinal worms or indicates some kind of nutritional deficiency, like the need for more fiber, vitamins or minerals in the dog’s diet. Some say grass-eating is simply a sign of boredom – especially in puppies and younger dogs. Another reason why dogs eat grass simply may be because they like the taste and texture of the green stuff.
One study published in July 2007, in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, cited that an 11-year-old, male, Miniature Poodle, while on his daily walks, ate grass and other greenery and then vomited every day for SEVEN YEARS. Medical examinations showed no signs of physical problems. The consulting vet suggested that the owner put the dog on a high fiber diet. The owner reported that from three days after the change to a high fiber diet, the dog had not eaten plants nor vomited. Further follow-up showed that the dog was still not eating grass nor throwing up more than a year after the change in diet. In at least this one case, it appears that there was insufficient fiber in the dog’s diet, which prompted him to eat grass, which caused him to throw up. (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jvms/69/7/69_7_779/_article/-char/en).
Eating grass is not the best snack choice. Even if the grass is not harmful, what is in or on the grass may be very harmful to your pet. Many lawns and parks have been sprayed with toxic herbicides and pesticides. And while munching on the grass close to the ground, your dog might ingest parasites, including hookworms or roundworms. The grass could also be contaminated with the pee and poo residue from other dogs. Again, NOT the best snack choice.
If your dog responds to treats, you can train him to stop eating grass by redirecting his attention and offering him a treat when he stops the unwanted behavior of grass-eating. If your dog absolutely must eat grass, offer him a “clean” option – a part of your lawn that is herbicide, pesticide and poop free.
If grass-eating is not normal for your pet and he suddenly starts this behavior, be observant. If your dog is also lethargic, has diarrhea or has weight loss, it would be prudent to visit your veterinarian to ensure that nothing is physically wrong with your beloved animal.
Thank you for supporting Amigos de los Animales animal shelter.
Please contact the animal shelter during business hours:
Amigos de los Animales
Monday – Friday – 11 am-2 pm and 4-7 pm
Saturday – 11 am-2 pm
Bicentenario Juarez #3
Colonia Francisco Villa (Colonia Pancho Villa)
Mazatlán, MX 82190