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Kamfinsa Veterinary Surgery
PETS OF THE MONTH-JUNE
Herewith the winners of the Pet of the Month award from Kamfinsa
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
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
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!
A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS.........
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
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
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
~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
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
He's a labrador cross and we luuuuvv him to bits!!!!
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