Returned from 10 days in Tulum last Thursday. We stayed at the Posada 06 which I highly recommend (except for the tortuous mattress). Trip report to follow.
As we returned to the hotel one day, we encountered a puppy in the road trying to eat rocks. When I went to check her out, her deplorable condition was quite evident. The poor little thing had a large open area on her forehead where her skull was visible. It was caked in blood and dirt.
Her eyes were completely encrusted (glued closed) as a result of an untreated eye infection. She could not see anything at all.
She had an ear infection as well as a severe case of ear mites. The poor little thing was anemic from fleas and ticks. As a matter of fact, we pulled over 75 ticks from the poor little thing.
On the recommendation of a friend in Akumal, we went to see Dr. Juan at the Clinica de Veterinaria in Tulum (just past the basketball courts). He cleaned and sutured her head wound which required 8 sutures.
She got a flea and tick bath. She also received a frontline spray. We had to be very careful because ticks were abandoning ship for 24 hours after that.
Her ears and eyes were cleaned up. And Dr. Juan started her on ear drops, eye drops, two antibiotics and a dewormer (she was filled with worms). He gave her a health certificate for travel and a rabies vaccine. For all of this her charged me only 420 pesos (about 30 dollars). Dr. Juan estimated her to be 5 or 6 weeks old.
I called the Peanut Pet Shelter and Jen helped with advice about what is required to bring her back to the US .... her advice was spot on. Went to the new pet store in PDC to get a carrier ... boy that place is EXPENSIVE.
The first few days home she was very quiet. A few good meals and she started to perk up and, as it turns out, is quite fiesty. We have taught her to come to both her name and "come". She also speaks on command. She has not had any overnight accidents and only one accident in the house over the last 48 hours. All at only 6 weeks.
She weighed 2 pounds on the day we found her. Her ribs and spine were clearly visible. She has already gained over a pound and looks like a normal puppy now.
Oh, yeah .... I named her TOPE which I though was appropriate given where we found her.
When we first saw Tope.
Tope after we cleaned her up a bit.
Tope with dad in her new home.