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February 05, 2007

Portugal Notes

If you should happen, while out walking your own dogs, to come across one of the neighbourhood dogs that has been hit by a car, yes, the correct thing is to go back and get your phone and call the Vet. They will come out, pick it up and take it away for treatment. You might also get a phone call from the owner thanking you for looking out for said escaped pet on a Sunday afternoon.

If, while waiting for the Vet, you are stroking the dog, this is fine. He's injured and frightened and will probably welcome the attention. However, not knowing that said animal has a broken hip, trying to turn him over to see how badly he is injured is incorrect.

This results in the Sunday evening drive to the Centro de Saude where you are charged the very reasonable sum of €3.30 for a thorough cleaning (mmmm, lovely, hydrogen peroxide and salt water mixed, syringed into the bite holes then iodine as a chaser) and eight stitches is one's left hand.

Just thought I'd pass on that little piece of advice.

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Did that price include the anti-rabies vaccine?

Tim adds: Fortunately the vet was the one that regularly treats the animal: he's had all his shots.

Posted by: MarkS | Feb 5, 2007 11:09:38 AM

Of course, your readers will want to know if the animal suffered any harmful effects from the bite :-) Seriously, hope your hand heals well.

Posted by: MarkS | Feb 5, 2007 3:37:16 PM


But remember, in the UK you'd have been prosecuted for cruelty to dogs AND probably assaulted by the owner.

So you got off light, really.

Posted by: andrew duffin | Feb 5, 2007 4:17:30 PM

Touching or moving an injured dog was imprudent, to say the least, Tim; but sincere commiserations.

Once, I saw a lorry hit a dog on a country road near Evora, leaving it in agony. I stopped and reversed over it. Seemed the most compassionate thing to do in the circumstances.

Posted by: paul ilc | Feb 5, 2007 5:21:34 PM

Well done for giving a damn, Tim. Many people would have walked on. Shame about the hand, though :(

Posted by: sortapundit | Feb 5, 2007 6:03:37 PM

Had your rabies shot yet?

Posted by: Thon Brocket | Feb 5, 2007 7:45:35 PM

Had your rabies shot yet?

Posted by: Thon Brocket | Feb 5, 2007 7:45:41 PM

Had it been an injured Toni Blair, what would you have done? Gone and got the car?

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 5, 2007 10:56:43 PM

If it had been an injured Tony Blair I wouldn't have called the vet... I would have called Gordon Brown!

Posted by: MarkS | Feb 6, 2007 6:29:37 AM