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It doesn't seem that long ago
that I was wandering home from
primary school with stray cats and
crunching across the frost-covered
lawn in my tiny gumboots to feed
two guinea pigs called Elizabeth and
I can never quite remember how I got those cats home
and it makes me wonder if the homes on my route
from school were depleted of their pet cats.
The years have flown past and I have had many funny,
different and sometimes sad moments along the way,
and met some fantastic people
that enrich your life.
Rex is the most amazing-looking,
two-year-old ocicat with his
smooth, exotic and athletic look
and amber eyes. He lives with four
other equally athletic cats that
have won many shows. When
they came to see me they looked
awesome all together. And they
couldn't have more caring and devoted owners. They
rushed Rex in to see me one afternoon after finding
him outside the house in distress. Rex, as boys do,
had to try a little more adventure
and wormed his way out a tiny
window but then came in contact
with a four-wheeled monster.
A full examination found some
facial grazing and unfortunately
a broken back leg. We
immediately set Rex up on IV
fluids and treatment for shock with
pain relief intravenously, while
we closely observed him for any
signs of internal injury over the
first 24 hours. He improved well
and his chest X-rays looked good.
I wish we could say the same of
his leg (check out the case of the
week at vetz.co.nz). The fracture
wasn't going to be easy to fix and
would require a plate and some
well-placed screws to bring it all
together. So out with the power tools and with Rex
sound asleep we carefully realigned the broken pieces
and held it all together with stainless steel.
Several days later Rex was off home to quietly mend
in his own little room where he couldn't get up to
mischief. Our patients
aren't too good at listening
to our advice about staying
in bed and not running
We expect Rex's leg to
be well healed at the end
of six weeks and we will
re-X-ray him then to check
before letting him have free run of the house.
During the warmer months of the year we see far
more road traffic accidents involving cats and dogs.
But most importantly, 90 per cent
of car accidents we see are in the
Some simple rules that will hopefully
save some of our furry friends:
* Turn your car around when you
get home so that you can drive out
* Always walk around the back of your car to get in
* Check where the children or pets are before backing
out of the garage or driveway.
* Slow right down before turning into your driveway to
check for a sleeping cat, dog, or child.
* Slowly back, or preferably drive forwards, out of
driveways to check the footpath.
Others for pets include:
* Try to keep your cat inside at night during the warmer
months if possible.
* Put a reflective collar on your cat or dog (with ID and
* Have your pet neutered if you don't intend to breed
* Make sure your dog is not able to escape from home.
If the unmentionable does
happen, give us a call on
357 9993 anytime.
Have fun and enjoy the
summer, from everyone at
Anderson's Vet Hospital.
Come in and see us at the SPCA!
Cnr of Napier Rd & Keith St, PN or phone our friendly staff on 06 357 2516
So many colours, shapes and sizes -- Come and choose your favourite
Female, 2 years old
SUPER TOM 3448
Ex Male, Domestic Long Hair
Very friendly & fluffy
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Contact Brian Pincott 021 142 8054
Open: Monday-Sunday 10-3pm • Closed Public Holidays
We can't wait to see you!
Bull Terrier X Male 1 Year
I'm an energetic fun loving boy.
I love all dogs and people. I need a
stay-at-home family to play with.
By Malcolm Anderson
Huntaway X 5 Months
I'm sweet and affectionate
and want some cuddles
Single white female
20 THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 11, 2012
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