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Dear Clients,
Herewith the winners of the Pet of the Month award from Kamfinsa Vet.
Before we start this month, please if anyone can notify Mr Mwenje that Saashe was the winner last month (May) we would be grateful. We are battling to get hold of him and he still needs to collect his food and brush for Saashe. Thank you.

This month we have 2 winners and a tribute.

The winners are Molly Dollar and Mimi Vickery.

Molly Dollar is a black Labrador puppy, only a few months old. She was unfortunately run over by a large vehicle and arrived at the vet with a severely smashed hind leg. As we had no ZESA on the day Ant had to operate without the guidance of an X ray but once the leg was open we could see the extensive damage done to the bones. The femur was fractured mid -shaft and required a pin but the knee joint was totally destroyed at the growth plate where the end part of the femur had broken off and rotated around. Molly has had 3 long operations to date to re-align the bones with pins and wires. At this stage she has grown enormously and her leg has formed enough callous on the bone to heal the severe fracture.She is using her leg but cannot bend it at the knee. At the end of July she will undergo her 4th surgery to try and rotate the distal femur back into position with a screw to try and give her some flexibility of the knee joint.
Molly has been the perfect patient. Despite her young age and the fact that she must have been in considerable pain after each procedure she has never once cried in the kennel. She comes in for her surgery, is happy and bouncing and after surgery she lies quietly and recovers with not so much as a whimper. The Dollar family have been wonderful pet owners, doing absolutely everything they can for Molly and helping her every inch of the way. Well done to all the Dollars and well done to Molly for putting in such an effort to get up and use that leg. We hope that we are clever enough to get it back to as normal as possible for you at the end of the month. Molly wins a bag of Pedigree food and a brush.
Please find attached a photograph of Molly with Chantelle Dollar taken last week after her final X -ray. The photograph was kindly taken by Caroline Dean whom we hope will do all our future pet of the month pictures for us. Thanks Caroline. Anyone wanting beautiful pet portraits done, please contact reception for Caroline's numbers.

Our second winner is Mimi Vickery, a 9 year old domestic short haired cat. Mimi is a white cat with patches of grey tabby and was brought in a totally collapsed state, almost dead. Mimi had been missing for a few days and when Claire found him he was giving a "death yowl" ............she raced him up to the vet and he was immediately put onto emergency treatment for shock. We gave Claire very little hope for his survival. We strongly suspect that Mimi had been poisoned by rat poison, but he was struggling to breathe as well. Unfortunately he was in no state to move to the X- ray room for radiographs and instead we decided to do an in-kennel blood transfusion to try and stabilise him. The blood transfusion was supervised by our daughters Jessica and Courtney who transported their fat ginger cat "Naartjie" up the surgery to donate blood. Naartjie was duly sedated and sucked dry to get enough blood to save Mimi's life, with Jessica and Courtney each in charge of monitoring the state of the cats during recovery. The blood seemed to give Mimi a new lease of life and by the next morning he was slightly stronger.After a week of intensive care and encouragement to eat, he went home as if nothing had ever befallen him. Naartjie also bounced back and has been pampered by the girls with extra food to build him up until the next blood donation. We,at the clinic,all admired the will this cat had to live. Totally collapsed, white as a sheet and almost dead and yet he never gave up. Well done Mimi. You have shown us what a difference a blood transfusion can make. And thank you Naartjie for your blood.
Mimi wins a food bowl and a packet of Whiskas biscuits.
Unfortunately Claire was away at time of the photographic session but we shall have a photo of him next month. Possibly with Naartjie.

This month we also pay tribute to Luke Rossiter, a 9 year old Akita who was very badly injured and rushed in after hours after being run over. Luke underwent a total of 6 and a half hours of surgery during 2 lengthy procedures to repair 2 severely smashed bones in his hind leg as well as a ruptured bladder. He put up an enormously brave fight for a week and we thought he was rallying around and would pull through the ordeal, but very sadly the trauma was too much and he died quietly one morning when we were least expecting it. Well done Luke for the fight you put up and thank you for the gentleness of you nature. During the entire ordeal Luke was gentle and sweet, licking our hands when ever we took him out for a breath of fresh air and some sun. To Mark and Leigh, we are terribly sorry that Luke did not make it. Thank you for being such attentive and caring owners and for continually coming to visit Luke and for continually enquiring about his progress. We wish we could have saved him for you.
As a token of appreciation please collect a bag of Pedigree food to share with your other dogs.

May I take this opportunity to relate a tale of cruelty and request that people report these matters to us.
A couple of dogs were left behind by their owners who left for over seas. The dogs were abandoned with very little food at the property. We happened to come across them by chance and started taking food out for them. The female dog was heavily pregnant and subsequently gave birth to 8 puppies but they never really had enough to eat and all the pups and the 2 adults were thin and starving hungry each time we went there. As the pups grew we decided to go and fetch the bitch and spay her. However, we arrived at the house to find that the bitch had been spayed on that day by a "mobile " vet. She had been given no premedication and was coming out of the anaesthetic very badly. She was outside, on a freezing cold day, lying on a concrete slab with not even a sack to keep her warm. She had been thrashing around and had bashed her head and there was blood everywhere from where she had bitten her tongue open. We bundled her into the car in a blanket and took her to the clinic where we gave her pain relief and cared for her for the next 3 days until she was strong enough to return. The caretaker of the property was extremely grateful for our help (although they are not his dogs) and he paid us for our input. The bitch has subsequently been re-homed and we have collected the male dog and some of the puppies and they have all been placed in good homes after being fed, dewormed and vaccinated.
It is this incident that has stimulated us to do a sterilisation promotion this month. If that bitch had been left out on the concrete in the freezing cold weather that night I doubt she would have survived the night. Please use this promotion to help anyone who may want their animal sterilised but cannot afford it. We would like to to try and get as many animals sterilised as possible under good surgical conditions without the poor animals having to go through what amounts to abject cruelty.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Yours in pet care
All the Vets and staff
Kamfinsa vet Clinic

Brutus, is a military K9 at McChord. He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture. Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did. Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'. The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus. He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened. He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honor. If he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats.

K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner

Thought you'd find this interesting. Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans!

Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if
something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch.
Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters
~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

This is Ruffles, my 5 month old Jack Russel. He is my little angel but my little terror too. He definantly keeps me on my toes.

One incident for example, I love to bath him and try keep him clean and smelling nice so one morning I had bathed him with his special shampoo, dried him with my hair dryer while brushing his coat and finally i put baby telcom powder on him to make him smell nice which some people might be thinking that im a little crazy, anyway, I was so proud of how he looked. He then disapeared and i didnt take much notice. After a while I decided to call him to see where he was, just then in came Ruffles absolutely covered in red mud litterally from head to toe, I stood in complete shock and horror as he proudly walked past me with a bit of a skip in his step, and i knew he was probably having a good old giggle!!!!!


This our little Levi the day we brought him home - is he not the cutest
puppy ever!!!!!

He's a labrador cross and we luuuuvv him to bits!!!!


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