Sunday, 10 June 2012
Interesting facts regarding dogs in Cyprus
All dogs in Cyprus must be registered and licenced. Any residence that includes a dog must have a visible "Beware of the Dog" sign posted
The island is free from all serious contagious animal diseases.
Be aware of the summer heat can be a danger to some dogs. Swimming pools pose a real danger.
There is a danger of chemical poisoning, especially near farmland, to dogs that tend to scavenge. Poisons may include carbamate pesticides Lanate (Lannate) and Nudrin (Methomyl), which can be highly toxic to a dog. If it is suspected an animal has ingested poison seek immediate help from a vet.
There are three types of venomous snakes found in the wild in Cyprus, the most dangerous being the Vipera lebetina or Blunt Nosed Viper. It is a fat, front-fanged snake, identifiable by the "blunt nose" and dull grey/brownish shade. It typically reaches 130 cm in length and is most commonly found near streams and in shaded areas under rocks or shrubs. All snakes are most active during the summer. If a pet receives a snakebite, seek immediate help from a veterinarian.
There is a Facebook page dedicated to notifying people of poisonings: https://www.facebook.com/SkippyKit
All the above information has been gleaned from the internet.
Whilst most people in Britain focus on the huge welfare issues ( welfare problems we are indeed suffering from ourselves) there is more to Cyprus than just cruelty. This of course does not mean we should ignore it but of course I am sure there is much to learn from looking at other countries way of living with dogs.