Friday, October 22, 2010

Cats! Help urgently needed

We have just been notified of the existence of a large colony of cats who may need to be moved because the site where they are living is due to be re-developed.

We'll have more details when we've had a change to speak in depth to the person who contacted us, but it's likely that we will need:
  • Suitable sites (e.g. stables, barn, large garden) for pairs of neutered adult cats who have been used to living outside.
  • Foster homes for kittens needing socialisation.
  • Volunteers willing to help with trapping cats and transporting them to the vets for neutering.
  • Help with funds to cover the costs.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If anyone had doubts that there are problems with some pedigree dogs

Take a look at this news article about a Shar Pei who needed surgery to cut back the folds of skin which meant she couldn't see. This dog appears to be a very extreme case as the more common problem is that puppies have eyelids which "don't fit properly" and cause the lashes to turn in and rub against the cornea of the eye. The writer seems a little confused about the distinction between problems like this, where the fault lies in the breed requirement for excessively folded skin, and those caused directly by the process of inbreeding between dogs who are too closely related.

There's more information about the procedure known as "tacking": stitching the eyelid so that it rolls away from the eye, and, as always, sensible comment from vet Pete Wedderburn.

What is the sense of paying £500 for a puppy who is going to need nearly £1,000 of surgery in less than a year to correct the genetic defects for which you paid your £500 in the first place?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Branch animal welfare statistics for September

During September our clinic treated 272 dogs, 125 cats, 9 rabbits and 3 miscellaneous "small furries." We rehomed 2 dogs, 7 cats and 2 rabbits. Neutering figures were down—only 11 dogs and one cat—which may be a danger sign that people are trying to economise by waiting longer to get kittens neutered.

In the year to date we've provided a total of  3,258 low-cost veterinary treatments and rehomed 88 animals.