Wednesday, 28 April 2010


With spring here and summer right around the corner that means that ticks are out in full force, hidden in parks and other grassy or leafy areas, just waiting for their next meal.

Ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of the animal they attach to. They are found in tall grassy areas, mountainous regions, and anywhere that has a lot of trees and plants. Once they attach to their ‘prey’, they will feed on it until full, which could be several days. They usually attach to areas on the animal that don’t have a lot of fur, such as around the ears, between the toes, or in the crevasses of the legs.

The best way to ensure your dog’s health is to check him or her after walks by running your hands over the entire body, paying particular attention to the areas mentioned above, and to take preventative measures to avoid infestation. This can be done with the following methods:

1. Spraying a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar on your dog’s coat before walks. This is great for the skin and coat, but also leaves an acidic film on the coat that ticks are not attracted to. Also, it is all natural with no chemicals or toxins that can be harmful to your dog, and is in fact great for his digestive system should he or she lick some of it off.

2. Ensure your dog’s immune system is strong. A strong immune system is a deterrent for both ticks and fleas. Feeding healthy foods, vitamins, and minerals all help boost the immune system.

3. Add garlic to the diet and feed daily. Feed about one gram of garlic (about half a regular clove) per ten kilograms of dog every day (so a 20 kg dog would get one clove). The Taiwan SPCA has found that garlic is just as effective at keeping fleas and ticks away as spraying with chemical parasiticides.

(For more information on healthy diets please go to or

If you do find a tick on your dog it must be removed immediately. Please follow these steps for safe removal:

Use a pair of tweezers to remove the tick. Grasp the tick at the base of the skin, pulling slowly and making sure to pull out the head as well. DO NOT squeeze the tick’s body as this could inject diseases into your dog. Once the tick is removed, put pressure on the area to stop any bleeding and clean with warm soapy water. Keep an eye on the area for a couple days to make sure no infection has started. Always remember to keep yourself safe and wash your hands after handling ticks.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Processed Pet Food vs. Raw Food Diet

The junk food and poor eating habits affecting humans is also killing their four-legged pals, say veterinary surgeons and experts.

Allergies and obesity are reducing the life expectancy of Lassies and Mittens nourished worldwide on industrial foodstuffs, said Gerard Lippert, a Belgian acupuncturist for animals who has just completed a study on the diets of 600 dead dogs.

"Pets, like humans, are victims of junk food," he told AFP.

Of the 600 furry corpses he examined "those fed on processed foods died three years earlier than those fed on food made in the home."

Dogs, he added, "originally were omnivores who shared their food with humans."

Rippert said he was increasingly called on to heal skin, motor and digestive problems as acupuncture was an all-embracing method enabling work on practically all organs.

"Dry dog food and cat food croquettes are over-heated, which destroys vitamins, trace elements and other basic nutritional elements," he said.

"We don't know the origin of the proteins in the foods," he added. "And there's an excessive amount of cereal, often genetically modified, and very little vegetables."

"We're turning our dogs and cats into ruminants," he said.

Laurence Colliard, a veterinary surgeon and nutritionist located in the Paris suburbs, estimates that only five percent of French pet-owners cook food for their four-legged companions.

France is Europe's top pet nation -- with 7.8 million dogs and 10.7 million cats, according to a 2008 study by the Sofres/Facco polling institute.

"I'm seeing an increasing number of allergies, diarrhea, vomiting, skin dermatitis as well as cases of obesity, especially amid cats because of the excessively high energy content in industrially-produced cat foods," said Colliard.

Pet owners tend to favor processed foods because of the difficulty of preparing nutritionally balanced meals, which in an ideal world should contain some 50 nutrients as well as meat, vegetables, rice and pasta. An animal's age, weight and exercise routine also need to be taken into account.

The packs on offer on supermarket shelves also claim as a bonus to reduce nasty urine smells and modify the consistency of animal poop.

The pet food industry was born in England where James Spratt produced the world's first dog biscuits in 1860.

Some 150 years later, many Internet sites are calling for a return to natural foods for pets.

BARF or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food is a type of pet diet that consists of raw meat, bones, and organs," says "It is the practice of feeding domestic pets their evolutionary diet as a way of maximizing their health and longevity.

"Dogs should not eat cooked or processed food," it adds. "Instead, your pet should consume foods that are similar to a dog’s wild ancestors. This includes bones, fat, meat, and vegetable materials."

Likewise offers tips for natural home-made meals.

It's only in the last 100 years we have we been led to believe that dogs cannot survive without packaged food. We are told it would be harmful if we were to give them the scraps from our own home cooked meals. This is pure poppycock!"

By Isabelle Toussaint Isabelle Toussaint

Monday, 12 April 2010

感謝所有參與這次機智問答活動的來賓以及贊助商﹐ 我們幕到了很多幫助動物的金費﹐謝謝大家的支持與鼓勵!

A Trivial Pursuit Pub Quiz fundraiser for the Taiwan SPCA April 11th, 2010. Special thank you to all the generous sponsors贊助商: 

The Brass Monkey, HTC, Costco, Coolframes Animation, Palais de Chine boutique hotel, Grandma Nitti's, Sababa's, Forkers, The Diner, Peacock Restau...rant, AlleyCats, Toasteria, Manchuker, Coolsilly.

The SPCA raised a total of close to $150, 000 NT from raffle sales, 50/50 sales, registration fees, merchandise sales, and 10% of all tabs on the night donated by The Brass Monkey!

Money Raised幕款金額:

Registration Fees: $23,900
Raffle Tickets: $99, 626
50/50: $8900
Merch: $4260
10% of Brass Monkey tabs from the night
= Close to $150,000 NT raised!!!

Proceeds will be going towards paying off outstanding vet bills at various hospitals and also towards the opening of a Taiwan SPCA Re-Homing Center in the near future!

*Congratulations to Dr. Yeh, veterinarian and long time supporter of the Taiwan SPCA for winning the HTC Desire phone!

*Special thank you to Dora for donating her 50/50 winnings back to the Taiwan SPCA! 


Prizes Won獎品得獎名單﹕

Manchuker Concert Tickets x 3: Tina Shu

CoolSilly CD and Autographed Poster: Corey

Bbq Grill - Connie and Carlos

Lawn table and chair - Scott Chen

Kid's Scooter - Connie and Carlos

Palais de Chine Hotel Package - 陽晴

HTC Desire Phone - Veterinarian Dr. Yeh

TOP 3 Team Winning Prizes前3名團隊: 

First Place 1st: 

-Bucket Party @ The Brass Monkey

-Manchuker Concert Tickets x 6

-Toasteria Coupon Package

-Peacock Restaurant $1000 coupon

-Grandma Nitti's $1000 coupon

Second Place 2nd:

-The Diner $3000 coupon

-AlleyCats $2000 coupon

-Manchuker Concert Tickets x 6

-Sababa's Dinner for 2 

-Grandma Nitti's coupons

Third Place 3rd:

-Forkers $2000 coupon

-Peacock Restaurant $1000 coupon

-CoolFrames Animation Gift Bags

-Grandma Nitti's Coupons