Bloodsuckers in San Pedro

Rubi

At the beginning of this week we noticed that our big dog, Rubi, was occasionally bleeding a little from her month. We thought she might have a dental problem, gum infection or had bitten her tongue,  so we took her to the vets in Campohermoso. Rubi obligingly allowed her large jaws to be held open while Sara, the vet, examined her mouth carefully.  At first, she could see nothing, but when she used a torch to peer into the darkest recesses, she discovered a leech attached to the lower part of the gum. The 2cm long bloodsucker was extracted with a pair of tweezers. She noticed that Rubi had several pale marks, one of which you may be able to spot in the photo, on her gums where the leech had attached itself.

The spring at San Pedro

This was the first time the practice had encountered a leech on an animal, so Sara asked us if Rubi had been drinking near a river or spring. We told her of our walk to San Pedro on Sunday morning and said that Rubi had drunk from the spring there. The  vet had heard reports of this particular type of leech in San Pedro, so obviously that was where Rubi picked up the parasite.  The squatters in San Pedro seem happy drink and wash in this spring. We would urge caution though.

 

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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