A.P.S. clinic news for 2016
Our volunteer vet, Andy Postles, has had his assignment at A.P.S. extended by V.S.A. (Volunteer Service Abroad) until the end of June 2016. Andy returned to Samoa this week from his holiday in New Zealand and has brought back essential drug supplies for the clinic, as well as those much-needed vaccinations and flea/worm treatments for dogs and cats.
Ava, our head vet nurse, is leaving Samoa this Saturday for a well-deserved, month-long holiday in New Zealand. In her absence, the clinic will keep normal opening hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm) and will be staffed by Andy, Miri and Setu. Please phone the clinic (22403) during clinic opening hours if you have any questions, or if you need to make an appointment for your animal. If you have an emergency with your dog or cat after-hours, please phone 7777277.
Worms – A Big Problem for
our Dogs and our Families
Dogs have a number of different types of worms that live in their stomach and their intestines. Some are long and round and look like noodles, while others are so small we can hardly see them.
In dogs, the big noodle-like worms are called roundworms. They fill up the intestines and use up the energy from the food that the dog eats.
These worms can make puppies very weak, can cause diarrhoea and in bad cases can block up the intestines completely and kill the puppy.
In people, roundworms cause all sorts of problems. People are usually infected by accident, if they don’t wash their hands properly after playing with dogs or digging/playing in the garden near dog faeces. The worm eggs get into a person’s body when they eat food with dirty hands. As the worms develop inside a person, they can cause all sorts of problems in the liver, lungs, brain and many other important organs in the body. Young children are most easily affected by this type of infection and can become very sick.
There is another much smaller worm in dogs called the hookworm. This worm digs into the lining of the dog’s intestines and feeds on blood. Hookworms make puppies very sick by sucking too much blood out and also stops the puppies from growing. Sometimes this worm causes itchy skin around a dog’s feet.
Hookworms produce larvae (baby worms) in the dog’s faeces. These larvae survive very well in moist areas where there are lots of dog faeces in the dirt. People become infected when the larvae burrow through the skin, usually in the feet. When people are infected by hookworm larvae they get itchy, red, wriggly lines on their skin which keep moving as the larvae move in their body.
The best way to prevent hookworm is to deworm all your dogs and puppies regularly and to try to wear footwear as much as possible in areas where there are lots of dogs.
A.P.S. recommendations for worm treatments:
• Treat adult dogs every 3 months. Pregnant bitches should receive treatments one month apart if possible
• Young puppies often get infected with worms directly from their mother. Start de-worming treatment at 2-3 weeks of age and treat every 2 weeks until 3 months of age
• Puppies between 3 and 6 months of age should be treated every month
For humans, especially children, it is important to wash hands with soap and water before eating. Also, if possible, encourage children to play away from areas where there are lots of dogs.
Back to School for the A.P.S!
It is time to go back to school, so it is also time to book the Animal Protection Society’s free education program, for your class! The APS educator, Setu Timoteo, runs a half hour interactive program that is ideal for primary age children, though can be tailored for any age. Children learn a song, participate in activities with pictures and props, and at the same time students learn about animal welfare and empathy towards animals. Call APS on 22403 to book your class in!
Education in animal welfare has been one aspect of outreach that APS has facilitated and funded in recent years. Setu visits schools, to try to spread the message of the “five freedoms” for animals. These “five freedoms” that Setu teaches are central to animal welfare. These are the basic requirements that all animals should be provided with. We at APS believe that anyone responsible for the care of animals should try to provide them with food, water, ensure that they have the right kind of environment including shelter and somewhere to rest, that they have good vet care if they become injured and have the opportunity to behave normally.