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    A dog's life

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    I will hopefully be on the island in jan 08 (not the vet program). I am bringing my St. Bernard and wanted to know what type of dry food is available on the island? I saw the post about Hills food program and assume it is only available to vet students. I was under the impression that Hills food quality and reputation has declined over the years? I currently feed my pup Nutro lamb and rice. Are there times when dog food is in short supply? As far as vet care on the island I assume that I can bring him to the school? In addition we recently had a scare when I thought he had bloat, so I took him to an emergency vet at 4 in the morning. Is there any sort of 24 hour emergency help for pets? Sorry about the barrage of q's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefwannab View Post
    I will hopefully be on the island in jan 08 (not the vet program). I am bringing my St. Bernard and wanted to know what type of dry food is available on the island? I saw the post about Hills food program and assume it is only available to vet students. I was under the impression that Hills food quality and reputation has declined over the years? I currently feed my pup Nutro lamb and rice. Are there times when dog food is in short supply? As far as vet care on the island I assume that I can bring him to the school? In addition we recently had a scare when I thought he had bloat, so I took him to an emergency vet at 4 in the morning. Is there any sort of 24 hour emergency help for pets? Sorry about the barrage of q's.
    Whoa...St. Bernard.

    Yes, Hill's food is only available to vet students and vet faculty. Foods I have seen available are usually Iams or Purina types. I am not sure how frequently, if ever, they run out. I can almost promise that something will always be available, but if you buy 1 or 2 40lbs at a time and stay on top of it to purchase again before you're close to running out, I bet you can maintain some consistency.

    Hills is still a pretty darn good food. To be honest though, I can't back this up with independent research studies or anything. I had small animal nutrition back in 1st year, and don't remember those kind of details.

    Vet care at the SGU Small animal hosp. (aka veterinary teaching hospital = VTH)is very good. They can offer a nearly full range of services there with the exception of some "high-end" surgeries (i.e. ophthalmic) and even then some of the visiting professors for the vet school can perform even these types.

    The VTH phone number is: 473-435-2900 which, after hours, will give you the 24 hour emergency # which is: 473-409-0215.

    The products are also available down here, but make sure you bring heartworm, flea, and tick preventative. The incidence of HW in unprotected animals approaches 100% in Grenada. Lots of fleas which can transmit several things and ticks which I have had lots of problems with (on my dogs) may transmit ehrlichia.

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write me back. I will save the phone numbers. I heard that heartworm was prevalent in Grenada. Fleas never seem to get him that bad. Thanks again

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    I am planning on staying on the island for the duration of my education. I want to fly my pup there and back, no more. Simply cause he is a big guy and I don't want to torture him (although he is easily adaptable to any situation). I am planning on bringing some supplies for him e.g. flea and heartworm. Are these meds available on the island? Can I order online or have a family member ship it to me? I am still a little nervous about stray dogs as my boy doesn't know how to be mean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefwannab View Post
    I am planning on staying on the island for the duration of my education. I want to fly my pup there and back, no more. Simply cause he is a big guy and I don't want to torture him (although he is easily adaptable to any situation). I am planning on bringing some supplies for him e.g. flea and heartworm. Are these meds available on the island? Can I order online or have a family member ship it to me?
    Several different flea, heartworm, and tick preventative options are available through the VTH and often heartgard is sold at many hardware and grocery stores (but check the expirations). You can probably still order online and have someone bring the meds to you, but I would just get them here (but bring a few months treatment with you).

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    I am still a little nervous about stray dogs as my boy doesn't know how to be mean!
    You probably won't live in a place where you can let your dog out unsupervised anyway, so keep him/her on a short leash for awhile until s/he has met any dogs in your area. Dog fights with pothounds (the local dogs) are somewhat common, but pothounds aren't generally very large and are usually somewhat timid. I have had 2 dogs here for nearly 3 years now and the only fights which occurred were with other student dogs.

    I have always meant to make a wikipedia entry on pothounds, but have never had the time. I have heard the term originated in Trinidad and refers to people feeding their dogs the leftover meals from the kitchen pots. There is some variation in size and definitely coloration, but they generally follow the same body plan and are deep chested with short hair and generally range from 20-35 lbs. They are literally everywhere in Grenada and other islands I have visited.

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    Lets say for example I am taking my dog for a walk. Will they approach us? I heard that they inhabit the beach as well? Like I said before, he has no instincts of a dog and will not defend himself (it is weird).

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    Usually the pothounds will just charge and bark, not bite. But keep an eye out. They are pretty timid with people, so if they charge and you yell at them they will usually run or at least stop to continue barking.

    We used to walk our dogs past a particularly intimidating dog and I would grab a stick or rock just in case. Never had to use them though.

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    I was accepted yesterday morning and will be on the island in jan. Just look for the St. Bernard.

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    Congratulations! I, however, will be gone.

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    I posted a thread on the med board about taking dogs to various places and never got a good response. I wanted to know the rules on taking dogs to restaurants? bars? bus to campus? And if anyone could suggest places that are dog friendly? Thanks

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