Monthly Archives: March 2014

Rosie gets Stuck!

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Have you ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place? How about between two fences? Well, recently our Ambulance driver brought in a cat who had found herself in that very predicament. The poor little thing was jammed in the narrow space between two fences upside down, her paws facing upwards. And judging by her condition, it was likely that she had been there for some time.

Vicki our Vet was on hand to examine the little blue cream tortoiseshell cat when she arrived at the Vet Hospital. The cat, now named Rosie, was dehydrated and cold. She also had terrible cuts on her hind legs that were so painful that she found it difficult to stand and walk.

Vicki started Rosie on intravenous fluids and administered antibiotics and pain medication to help ease Rosie’s pain. Rosie was then placed in an intensive care pen so that she could have her temperature closely monitored as she was actively warmed. It took a little over two hours for Rosie’s temperature to rise to a normal value.

Over the next 24 hours, Rosie was intensively nursed. Rosie’s appetite was poor and the nurses’ syringe fed her a critical care diet. Rosie’s wounds were kept clean and her dressings changed daily. The Vets decided to take some blood from Rosie and run a blood test to ensure that there were no underlying issues and thankfully the results were normal. After a couple of days of intensive care, Rosie finally started to show signs of improvement. She started to eat enthusiastically and enjoy a good cuddle!

Rosie is still very skinny and her wounds have not completely healed, but she is now well enough to be discharged into the care of one of our lovely Foster Parents. In foster care she will continue to recover and gain condition and weight.

Rosie found herself between a rock and a hard place, but she survived with courage and spirit! And when she has fully recovered we will find her a wonderful “forever” home.

Update: Rosie has found a new home!


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Gemima’s Donut Treatment

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When I get to work in the morning, I like to walk through each ward and check on our patients. Imagine my delight when I came across this sign on a kitten’s pen; “Can have monitored donut breaks”…

Can have monitored donut breaks????? What?!?@?!? Well, if I ever get sick that is definitely the kind of treatment I want! But, of course, we are not periodically offering our patients cinnamon donuts… the sign was referring to the blue inflatable tube around Gemima’s neck.

The blue inflatable “donut” is a type of collar that is fitted around the animal’s neck to prevent them from worrying at a wound or suture line. If you look at Gemima’s back end, you will notice that her right hind leg has been amputated.

Gemima was brought into our hospital in severe pain with grazes to the face and a leg that was basically pointing the wrong way. X-rays identified the seriousness of Gemima’s situation.

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Gemima’s femoral head (top of her long leg bone) was fractured and sitting out of the hip joint. The second x-ray highlighted the twist in Gemima’s swollen foot and indicated some fractures to her metatarsals (bones in the foot).  The Vets discussed her case extensively and decided that a leg amputation was the best treatment for Gemima.

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Gemima’s surgery went smoothly and her recovery was incredibly quick. This photo of Gemima is only a couple of days post-surgery. Isn’t she gorgeous!

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Gemima’s drain and sutures are now out and she is convalescing comfortably in foster care. Soon enough Gemima will be ready for her forever home… and, in fact, Gemima already has a lovely couple waiting patiently to adopt her.  And they are a lucky couple because she is worth the wait!

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Rohan Hughes

RSPCA Vet Nurse



Klaus the Kitten

Klaus the Kitten

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If looks could kill, hey???

So why are we bathing this little kitten? Because the poor thing has ringworm! And until the ringworm has cleared, he will need twice weekly bathing and some special medication.

Years ago, I had a lovely volunteer who was a professional hairdresser. I asked her to bath 3 playful puppies and she did… but it took her a while. When she was finished, I asked her how she went and she replied: “Well I haven’t bathed puppies before, so I just did what I do with my clients… I gave them a scalp massage and rinsed twice!”

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Rohan Hughes

RSPCA Vet Nurse