October 19, 2014 - 26 animals were spayed/neutered by
Dr. Andrés Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed two
venereal tumors, amputated a dog's leg, cauterized numerous papillomas
from a dog, gave a Great Dane 2 liters of fluids IV, and performed four
exams on already-sterilized dogs.
Tello sterilized 16 dogs and 10 cats. Of the dogs, 10 were female and 6 were
male. Of the cats, 9 were female (one was pregnant) and 1 was male.
those of us who participate in the clinics, 26 animals doesn't seem like
many animals to sterilize in a day, but with all the other procedures done
by Dr. Tello we had a very long day anyway.
after the clinic, my employee and I called the woman whose dog had the leg
amputated to ask how the dog was doing. She said her dog was very happy!
you want to see a picture of a venereal tumor being removed from a male
dog and a leg amputation in progress,
I did not include these
pictures in the main album because some people would rather not see them.
Hogan from Boquete brought her rescued dog, Bob, who has been in pain for
seven weeks. Bob was skin and bones when she adopted him. Fran had taken Bob to five different vets in David, a couple
of which are revered by some of the expat community. Some of the vets did
blood work. Everyone had a different diagnosis and Bob was subjected to
seven weeks of different (and unnecessary) drugs. Some of the David vets
said Bob needed X-rays, but of course no one in this entire area can X-ray
dogs and cats. None of the David vets did a manual examination of Bob.
our clinic, Dr. Tello manually examined Bob. It appeared that there was a
problem with his spine, but Dr. Tello took Bob with him to Costa Rica to
X-ray him. He would return Bob to Fran at the clinic in David on October
in the day on October 25th, Fran advised me:
is home! Dr. Tello showed me his X-ray which shows that both hips
are the problem. One is completely out of its socket, the other is not
right either. He has to have surgery on both, one at a time. Dr. Tello
will do the first surgery tomorrow morning at 7:30 in Boquete. 6 week
recovery. Then the other. Dr. Tello says the problem is congenital and
was not a big source of pain until Bob gained weight.
was very glad to see me. And he likes Dr. Tello a lot, even though the
news! Fran finally got a correct diagnosis for Bob, after spending many
hours and lots of money for incorrect diagnosis/no diagnosis by vets in
email from a happy client:
muy complacidos de la operacion realizada a nuestra perrita Margie. Sanó
muy rapido y se ha puesto más bonita.
Gracias por su noble labor. Congratulaciones y bendiciones a todo su
equipo de especialista.
José Fernando González y Familia
very pleased with the operation
our dog Margie.
healed very fast and has
become more beautiful.
you for your noble work. Congratulations
and blessings to all your
team of specialists."
next clinic, #78, will be on November 23rd, which is our final clinic for
who wants an appointment needs to call right away because the clinics fill
sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken
during this clinic.
I now have a personal PayPal "Donate" button. You can use
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assured that every penny goes for the animals. On my web page created
after each clinic, I give a complete accounting of income and expenses.
(See "Income and Expenses" listed below.) Except for our
veterinarian, neither I nor anyone else
connected with the clinics receives any pay or financial benefit. I rent
the building where we hold the clinics, and I buy all the anesthesia,
medications, instruments, supplies, and equipment. I have no offices, no
salaries, no advertising. Every penny goes for the animals.
is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own
other than contributing cash or depositing to my personal bank account,
donating to my personal PayPal account (email@example.com) is the
best way to help
support this important project if you
don't need a tax-deductible receipt.
Thank you in
future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
Claudia Flores served as registrar.
Don Binder weighed animals, gave the anesthesia injections, plus gave the pre-op
injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. He also put mineral
oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, and performed
whatever other duties were needed.
Espinosa, my permanent employee, helps weigh and tag the animals,
provides transportation for animals when necessary, and helps with
various duties. He also takes my car to pick up and deliver animals when
necessary. Then Jose and I go to the clinic site on Mondays following
the Sunday clinics to clean and organize for the next one.
Rosemary Rios, Jenny Rodriguez, and Francia Pinedo assisted Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite.
They dressed the incisions, took the temperature of the recovering
animals, tattooed the ears of female dogs, administered flea and tick treatment,
generally checked the well being of the animals, and performed whatever
other tasks were necessary.
Rios cleaned the instruments.
Again, we had a great
team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly!
We had a lot of
delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone
who contributed: Dana Larson for the main dish, Don Binder for drinks, and Carla
Black for dessert. I took prunes and organic oranges from my trees for everyone to take home.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan (formerly from Texas, now in
donation byPhil Huebner (Volcan)
donation by Lotti
donation by Fran Hogan (Boquete)
The $595.00 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering
only. Payments for other procedures--amputation, removal of venereal
tumors, etc., and any
other services were collected from owners and paid to Dr. Tello
separately. Neither those payments or the charges for other services are
included in the income and expenses above.
Thanks to Susan and Pat Farrell who donated a Furminator (to use on dogs'
coats) and a tube of silver cream to promote healing.
this October 19, 2014 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 16 dogs and 10 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $550 plus $100
for rent of the building, for a total of $650. Income this month was $730, leaving an excess of
$80.00. Therefore, my current out-of-pocket
expenses are reduced to $1,359.94.
heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed
for this clinic, who have contributed in the past, and who will contribute in the future! We need and appreciate your help! Love and thanks to everyone!
Rios tending to a dog after surgery.
other pictures taken
during the clinic, click
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Here in Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 2,683 dogs and cats to date. (And this number does
not include the extraordinary surgeries that Dr. Tello has performed at
our clinics...removal of tumors, amputations, etc.) Added to the
129 animals that Spay/Panama (from Panama City) sterilized in in Volcan
in February of 2005, we have sterilized 2,812 dogs and cats! There are
many more to go, but we are making progress! Our goal is to
sterilize at least 75% of the dogs and cats in the Volcan area, and
thus almost completely solve the problem of homeless dogs and cats, and
the terrible venereal disease suffered by so many dogs--but thankfully, we see a
lot fewer venereal tumors than we did in the past!.
In 7 years a female cat and her off springs can be the source of 420,000
kittens. In 6 years a female dog and her off springs can be the
source of 67,000 puppies. Unless your dog/cat is totally
confined and unable to continue the population increase (AND the spread of
venereal disease), please do the humane thing of having them sterilized!
the health and safety of your dog/cat, however, have the sterilization
performed by a competent vet who is experienced in early sterilization
(eight weeks of age and up) and small-incision surgeries, and one
who closes with stainless steel sutures....like Dr. Tello, who we are so
fortunate to have operate at our clinics. (I do not trust care of my dogs
or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except Dr. Tello.)
Thanks to everyone who participated in
our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized.
remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Dorothy Atwater - 6517-8752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
US telephone: 817-349-6345
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