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SPA News: Pet Food Money Bank Matching Offer Plus July Dental Discount

By Megan Gabel


Terrific News: Anonymous donors have agreed to match every donation in July to the SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank up to a total US$2,500!! Please help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to double July contributions. All money raised will be applied to the annual cost of feeding our resident animals and those in foster care (about 100 cats and dogs), as they wait to be adopted. Our 2019 goal is 250,000 pesos (about US$13,500). At this point, we have a long way to go, so please donate today! We don’t have storage space for food so we are asking our supporters to help us with this basic expense by donating to our Pet Food Money Bank, our big fundraiser of the year. The SPA relies upon donations and does not receive any government support. For details about the Pet Food Money Bank, please see our website at or call our office at 152 6124 to find out how to contribute (cash, check, PayPal).

July is Dental Discount Month at the SPA. For the entire month of July, our normal price of 700–1,000 pesos for teeth cleaning (cats and dogs) has been reduced by 20 percent. This includes proper anesthetic, professional cleaning, and an antibiotic. The SPA has an ultrasonic scaler and polisher, which will be used to remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. Good dental care is not only vitally important to your pet’s teeth and gums but also to her overall health.

SPA residents Mitzy and Bailey, mother and daughter, recently had their teeth cleaned at the SPA. Lovely dogs, these two are inseparable. They are playful, friendly, and easy to walk—our “starter” dogs for new volunteers. On top of that, they now have bright shiny teeth. No bad breath to deter potential adopters. Come to the SPA to meet them (Monday–Saturday, 11–2) and see for yourself!

Proper dental care contributes to a longer life. Periodontal disease, an inflammation of a tooth’s deep supporting structures, causes the buildup of plaque on the teeth. It is the most common ailment affecting cats and dogs and is preventable. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease may cause problems in the mouth and teeth and also “be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age.” It is often not treated until it is too late and has already done extensive damage.

Your pet can’t tell you about tooth pain and will instinctively hide illness or weakness. It is up to you to be vigilant. Here are the signs to look for that indicate oral or dental disease:


•Bad breath

•Loose teeth

•Discolored teeth, yellowed from tartar

•Chewing from only one side

•Drooling or pawing at the mouth

•Avoiding your contact with their face

•Loss of appetite or weight


Improve your pet’s dental health, quality of life, and overall well-being by making a dental cleaning appointment today at the SPA, 152 6124, Los Pinos 7.


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