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Arenal Report

The Arenal area is blessed with many people who care deeply about animals. Judy Reisman, Dr. Josué Rivera at Supervet and Gloria Dempsey have offered this advice to pet owners in the area: 

All pet owners should keep activated carbon on hand at all times. Activated carbon absorbs toxins and poisons in the gastrointestinal tract. If your pet is bitten by a poisonous snake, is intentionally poisoned, or licks or eats a poisonous frog or toad, the activated charcoal may be the difference between life and death. However, as Gloria noted, pets bitten by poisonous snakes require snake anti-venom as soon as possible. 

Supervet sells a sachet, to which you add water. You can also get a version sold in pill form for humans at the regular pharmacy. You crush the pill and add some water, and then drip the mixture down the throat using a syringe.

Another trick for ticks is smearing the affected area with lard. It can be a vegetable lard, but not butter. If the ticks are in the ear canal, where they often hide, you can gently insert a Q-tip. The grease will suffocate ticks and they will fall out.

If you are looking for a dog or a cat for your home, consider adopting a stray. Many of the vets in the area keep stray animals looking for good homes.  You can also contact Michele Glenn at

-Lynn Farris

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