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THE TRIBUNE, DECEMBER 14, 2011
For the hospital that thinks
'Outside the Square'
Responsible Homes URGENTLY needed
ADOPT A PET...
I thought I knew a little bit about
fishing from when my father used
to take us to the rivers in the South
Island (yes, I was brought up
across the other side) but I have
recently learnt a lot about hooks
and the ever present appetite of the
four legged vacuum cleaner (Labradors).
Rick was having a blustery day at the beach last
week and was getting ready to come home. With the
back of the four wheel drive open he was loading
everything and by the time he turned around he was
in time to see one of his rods being towed down the
beach by "Odie" his yellow lab. Fortunately someone
else stopped Odie but not before she had eaten the
baited hook. Rick managed to quickly cut the nylon and
free her from the rod but the hook had disappeared
down Odie's mouth.
If this ever happens or if your four legged friend
eats a string like object, try to cut the line at a long
length as it helps us a huge amount to follow it to the
end and find the hook or whatever is at
the other end.
Odie was with us
within half an hour and
we soon had her sound
asleep on the anaesthetic
machines. The hook unfortunately
wasn't in her mouth but the trusty Xray
machine quickly found it a little bit further
down her throat. This is where it gets tricky because
the shape of the hook is all important. Odie's hook
unfortunately wasn't a square shape so the point was
protruding and it was very likely that it had imbedded in
to the tissues. Check out the Xrays at www.vetz.co.nz
on the Case of the Week. Next it was the little flexible
endoscope camera's turn and we had it threaded in
there to so see if we could check out the hook and
possibly retrieve it. It is a really useful piece of kit and
we have used it to retrieve lots of things including a
tinsel covered twisty tie from a cat's stomach. Luckily
we could see the hook clearly but unfortunately as
we feared it was well imbedded in the soft tissues of
Odie's throat after she pulled back from the rod. So
it was out with the stitch up gear and a little incision
on the side of poor Odie's neck. I have in the past
and I guess it is common belief that the best way to
get a hook out of anywhere is to push it thru and cut
off the barbed tip and then easily slide it back thru
the other way. But Oh No! Some hooks are specially
strengthened -- news to me! So there was no way this
hook was coming out easily but with a bit of delicate
dissection around all those vital structures in the neck,
we managed to retrieve the hook at last and within two
days Odie was back looking for food.
But then in came Peti Bree who had
at least waited to get home before
gobbling the fish hook. She had also
chewed through the nylon line and
swallowed that. This time the hook was
little zipper underneath to open up her
stomach and "fish" it out along with the attached nylon.
These surgeries are major both in the procedure itself
and recovery as the patient is not allowed any solid
food for several days so that the stomach can heal.
Peti Bree is a model patient and is back home with a
very relieved family.
Cat's aren't exempt from the list
of patients who eat what they really
shouldn't and we get
at least one call a year
to search for a darning
needle from a very guilty
looking cat with a piece
of thread dangling out
their mouth (there's a good shot of
one at www.vetz.co.nz)
The nastiest object that they eat has to be that
elasticised wrapping around roasts. You see, string
like objects can also cause obstructions because it
attaches to the lining of the bowel in several places
and then as the bowel tries to move it along it just
concertinas the bowel up in to a tight bundle. One dog
eat a whole wrapping once but fortunately it was in
glad wrap and when we made him vomit, it all came
up in a neat bundle (the wonders of glad wrap!). So
please make sure the roast and left overs are in a
secure four legged proof bin!
So when you are fishing in the weekends keep a
close eye on the dog and when you are mending the
kids clothes, hold on to that needle.
Have a fantastic holiday and
Xmas from all of us here at
ANDERSON'S. We are available
every day over the holidays and
open most days. Have fun!
Be A FOSTERER --
We desperately need foster
parents for our kittens & puppies.
We provide all food, bedding,
equipment & medical expenses.
You provide the TIME.
To advertise your business here
Brian Pincott 021 142 8054
Female 18 months
Quiet lady looking for a quiet
Female 4 yo Big
Ages ranging 9 wks -- 14 wks
Variety of breeds and colours
Come in and see us at the S.P.C.A, Cnr of Napier Rd & Keith St, PN
or phone the friendly S.P.C.A. staff on 06 357 2516
Open: Monday-Sunday 10-3pm • Closed Public Holidays
We can't wait to see you!
By Malcolm Anderson
It's In Here Somewhere!
Black 1 yo female,
Tail was removed following injury
Rare long hair full
ginger female 10 months
old & very playful
So many to choose
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