Fresh drinking water vital for puppy power

Friday January 10, 2020 Written by Published in Local
These puppies are lucky to be alive after their mother stopped feeding them and they were left with no shade or drinking water. 20010922. These puppies are lucky to be alive after their mother stopped feeding them and they were left with no shade or drinking water. 20010922.

Cook Islands SPCA manager Deb Ramage says they will assist dog owners to find homes for puppies if they aren’t in a position to take care of them.

“We always have folks looking for puppies, so we are happy to help.”

It comes after SPCA rescued a little of dehydrated pups and took them to the vets at Te Are Manu for emergency care.

And that is a message the SPCA wants to push among pet owners during the heat of summer: all animals require access to clean drinking water. 

“Just like humans, dogs, cats, goats, cows and chickens all need water to survive, especially in the heat of the summer,” Ramage said. 

The puppies pictured are lucky to be alive, she added.

Earlier this week, the puppies’ owners contacted the SPCA to ask for assistance to find homes for them. 

When the SPCA visited on Tuesday, they were all bouncing bundles of joy. 

“Granted, they needed flea and worm treatment, so we arranged to visit on Wednesday to treat them,” she said. 

When the team arrived the following day, the puppies were unconscious but still breathing. 

“We took them to see our amazing vets at Te Are Manu who told us they were severely dehydrated and in need of food,” she said. 

These puppies had a nicely shaded area, however the mother dog had stopped feeding them and they didn’t have a bowl of water to drink from.   

One hot day nearly killed them, but thanks to some tender love and care, they are now back to their bouncy selves and looking for new homes.

“We are lucky that water is freely available here – it costs nothing to give an animal a drink and it may save their life,” Ramage said.

“Please, think about our furry and feathered friends when you are feeling hot and thirsty.” 

  • Katrina Tanirau

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