This holiday season, I’ll be buying some of the adorable Limited Edition Prints and 2011 Calendars for sale from S CAD (Soi Cat and Dog Foundation). The images of different real-life dogs at SCAD Center are humorous and cheerful. For any animal lover, these will surely be a delight. Order some prints, calendars, or cards today and the all the money will go towards the animals at SCAD.
SCAD helps the many homeless cats and dogs on Bangkok’s streets. These animals are called soi dogs and soi cats because “soi” is the Thai word for “street.” Since Thailand is a Buddhist country, the people do not believe in killing animals, but many times the soi dogs and cats can suffer from disease and injuries that can be worse than death. SCAD rescues some of these animals and tries to rehome as many as possible. In addition, they work to provide education about proper pet care and also run sterilization projects. Support the good work done by SCAD by purchasing some of the lovely artwork done by Tul or by giving a donation today!!
Illustrious illustrator and writer of Childrens books in both Thai and in English, Tul, has carried off awards presented for Best Children’s Picture Book at the last two annual Book Fairs. Educated in Thailand, Singapore and the USA, Tul is now a prolific and respected creator of educational children’s books based on animal characters. Tul credits his own SCAD Soi dog, Sesame (December) as the inspiration for his latest book “Ses and Me” which is hot off the press this month!
For any beagle lovers residing in Bangkok and the surrounding areas, there is a website dedicated to you. It’s called the Beagle Gang and it’s slogan is “We all love a little monster.” Mainly there are a few blogs and web board for beagle owners to share pictures, thought and stories about their beagle babies. I saw this group’s gathering featured in one of the Thai pet magazines. This website is primarily in Thai though so that might be limiting for some folks. I look at it as another way for me to practice my Thai reading skills. I registered on this website and want to try to go to one of the next events. A gathering of beagle lovers and their beagle babies sounds like a chaotic and crazy time!
Rabies is a deadly disease prevalent in Thailand. It is a virus spread by bites and scratches from an animal that is a carrier of the virus. Symptoms of rabies are frothing at the mouth, running around wildly and snapping at the air. Any warm-blooded animal can be a carrier of rabies.
All dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated. The vaccine is cheap and readily available from veterinarians around the country. Boosters should be given annually.
Unfortunately, routine vaccinations are rarely enforced in Thailand and it is up to the pet owners to be responsible and ensure that their pet is up to date on its vaccinations. To make the situation worse, the millions of stray dogs and cats who have no owners rarely receive health care of any kind, let alone annual vaccinations.
Thailand is one of the countries with the highest risk for travelers. About 200-300 human deaths are contributed to rabies annually in Thailand with 95% of those due to dog bites (from Medical College of Wisconsin).
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It has been called “a forgotten disease”. Yet, rabies claims 55,000 lives worldwide per year – with most deaths occurring in rural areas of Africa and Asia.
It is a disease that can be eliminated, as has happened in developed countries. But in Asia the fight often faces cultural challenges.
Selina Downes reports from Bangkok.
October 28, 2007
We just dropped off our Thai dog, Tiger, a few days ago at the military base near Viphavadi Rangsit Road (past Laksi) to be trained. The trainer is an Air Force dog trainer who lives on the premises with his wife and kids. Most of the trainers also accept dogs to train privately and use the military facilities. This particular man was recommended by a friend of my father who’s dog he is currently training.
We had discussed the logistics of the training i.e. cost, methods, type of commands, etc. previously. The entire course lasted 3 months would cost 12,000 baht. In that time the dog would be housed in the kennels, protected from mosquitoes with mesh-wire. We provided our own dog food and told the trainer we just want the basic commands, especially off-leash commands, as our neighbors are mostly Muslim and feel threatened by our dog.
The trainer said we could come by to check on Tiger’s progress and see her in a few weeks. He promised to take good care of her and he walked with her away from us. If all goes well, our beagle puppy will be joining her in a month or so to be trained. I couldn’t bring myself to let the puppy go just yet!
In Bangkok, Thonglor Pet Hospital has started a blood donor program with a twist – it’s for dogs and cats. This is in response to the need for blood that can help save critically injured or ill pets. The demand for dog and cat blood is huge and there is a lack of knowledge about this need. The hospital has very few dog and cat volunteers at the moment. Most pet owners, myself included, have never heard of animal blood donors. A huge cause of this shortage is that most people don’t even know that there is a need for it. In other words, a lack of awareness about the problem.
The Bangkok Post has given the Thonglor Pet Hospital’s program some great publicity in their Outlook section. The hospital is trying to educate pet owners about the blood donation process and hopefully encourage more blood donations. The vets claim benefits for the donors as well. Healthy pets will be even healthier post-donation since they will be producing new blood cells. Another added health benefit is that before each donation, there will be a blood test that will help to detect any diseases. Regular blood tests may lead to early identification of hidden diseases or conditions that could go undetected otherwise.
Large dogs, more than 50 pounds, are the best donors because they are able to donate more blood. Just as with humans, not all dogs and cats will be able to donate blood. The blood test will identify any conditions that may make the donor unsuitable. The best donor has a universal blood type, which only 1 in 15 dogs has. Current vaccinations and screening for diseases and blood disorders is also required.To donate your pet’s blood and help those pets who need it the most, contact the Thonglor Pet Hospital at the branch nearest you. Thonglor 02-712-6301-4, Ladprao 02-934-1407-9 or Sirinthorn-Pinkao 02-433-75501-1