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cherisse
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 02:17 · Edited by: cherisse


A friendly reminder to all owners of livestock, dogs, cats, ferrets, bunnies, etc to check your pets for CHEATGRASS if you live in an area prone to it.

If you think just one grass will not do any harm, think again.

The below pictures were taken today as someone dumped off their "pet" because he was "sick" and they did not want to take care of him.. more like they didnt want to clean up the mess they created for this poor dog..

Sometimes, I cannot understand why people do these things...

It is also important to note that this dog is under anesthesia, we removed all of the cheat grass and he will get a second chance at a good life..

***WARNING NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART***

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joshsterrarium
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 02:32


Oh Cherisse! I think I threw up a little bit. That owner should be ashamed of himself, is this a form of cruelty by neglect? I'm glad to hear you guys fixed him up!


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eos
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 02:57


Some people just arent meant for pets. What a shame. Glad to know the dog will be ok. Good job!


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bschwinn
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 03:00


What is cheat grass and why has it not been rendered extinct!

cherisse
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 03:35


Bill,

this link should provide some good info:

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/diseasesconditions faqs/qt/QT_cheatgrass.htm

Josh,

this would be considered a case of neglect, but due to the fact that the owners have signed over the dog, and the county most likely not wanting to pursue something like this, there will be no charges.. Although I was not alone in thinking that the people that let this happen should have, in the words of one of my co-workers " cheat grass shoved under their fingernails", and every other place the sun doesnt shine.

We found cheat in this guys eyes, ears, sores in his gums, testicles, toes, armpits, etc, etc..

One grass has the potential (if located in the right spot) to burrow down into the chest cavity or into an organ and cause the animal greater suffering and ultimately death if not treated..

The prognosis for this guy is good, but not great. Our vet fears that with all of the open, draining tracks, that more cheat may make its way to the surface of the skin or burrow deeper into the body..

But, we are giving him a second chance to find a good home this time..

When he came in today, he was one solid mat of hair. It took two of us to shave him down in about one hour and then work on the cheat removal.

This guy has a long way to go and will have to be put under anesthesia again to clean any tracks that get infected ( which will most likely happen )

The most common places for cheat to show up are in between the toes, in ear canals and in the nasal cavities..If your animal is constantly sneezing and has been in an area where cheat is located, he may have snuffed up a grass...


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Jay Willis
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 11:57


Sernce the person just "dumped" the dog, I would say He didn't care anymore, but has there ever been cases when maybe Someone had there dog off leash and the dog had this happan?

I't one thing if You do not remove it from You property, but if You didn't know it was on the trail, what do You do?

I only say this because one of Our dogs got into lantana camara at a local park, and We got the worst looks from the vet office We went in.

Who's job is it to remove every bad plant from the world so the little puppies don't get hurt here?

Coda
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 20:57


poor dog


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cherisse
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# Posted: 8 Jul 2009 23:58


A responsible pet owner that takes their dogs for walks along paths that have not been treated or weed managed, will look their pets over after they get home.

This was not a case of "happening over night", this was literally months upon months of cheat grass infestation..some grass had been in the skin so long they were black with rot.

We see it all the time here, where dogs get out for a few days, wander around the fields ( not a big city where I live ) and find their way into some Cheatgrass..






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Sernce the person just "dumped" the dog, I would say He didn't care anymore, but has there ever been cases when maybe Someone had there dog off leash and the dog had this happan?

I't one thing if You do not remove it from You property, but if You didn't know it was on the trail, what do You do?

I only say this because one of Our dogs got into lantana camara at a local park, and We got the worst looks from the vet office We went in.

Who's job is it to remove every bad plant from the world so the little puppies don't get hurt here?



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