Monday, 13 January 2014

Finding a needle in a haystack

Mr Li made the responsible decision to get his cat spayed, but unfortunately the wound got infected when his cat wouldn't stop licking the sutures.

Mr Li came up with what he thought was an ingenious plan of making (cat's name) a dress out one of his old jumper sleeves.  Unfortunately the cat's compulsive tendancies didn't stop there as she licked up the needle &thread and swallowed it whole! 

Mr Li desperately tried to retrieve said needle from the back of his precious pet's throat, with no success.  He rushed the cat to the LSPCA where she was immediately anaesthetised and x-rayed.

Luckily needles show up clearly on x-rays and it was localised to the stomach. Our resident Vet was able to retrieve it from the stomach, after a few mutterings about " finding a needle in a haystack"!

The cat is doing well & back home with Mr Li, thankful she has a buster collar not a dress to wear! 

The needle after it was removed from the cats stomachs

Our Vet, Sophie carefully removing the needle from the cats stomach

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

LSPCA amputates leg to save dogs life

It was around 6 o’clock on a Saturday evening, when one LSPCA Vets got an urgent call from one of our supporters informing her about a dog that had been involved in a hit and run accident in area 3 the night before.

Due to the accident, the dog had suffered severe injuries that included a badly shattered front leg.

To add insult to injury, many passers-by had been throwing stones at the poor animal, believing it was rabid, despite its obvious friendly nature.

Such incidents are unfortunately common in Malawi; a lot of people prefer stoning stray or injured dogs to death than reporting it to the relevant authorities.

Such acts clearly demonstrate the lack of compassion and understanding that some people have for animals in the country. This is one of the reasons for LSPCA intensifying its Humane Education lessons in schools and communities in Lilongwe and the surrounding areas.

By the time the LSPCA had arrived in the area, the dog was helplessly lying in a storm drain needing urgent medical attention.

Surprisingly, despite being shamelessly victimized, the dog was genuinely friendly to the humans, once his pain relief was administered.  A muzzle was only used as a precaution for staff when transporting the dog.  For this reason the team believes the dog has previously had plenty of interactions with humans and a strong possibility that the dog was not stray but instead was a missing dog that had an owner.

In a rush to save his life, the dog was immediately taken to LSPCA emergency clinic. It is through the kind support of our donors and partners that LSPCA managed to perform a critical surgery that resulted in doctors amputating the dog’s leg.

Today, barely a week after his operation, this dog is happily back on his feet. He regularly enjoys dragging his caretaker around the LSPCA compound, when taken out for a walk.

The LSPCA is still searching for the owner or a new home for this lovely male.  Thank you to all our supporters who have made this possible.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Get your pets spayed

Trixie narrowly escaped a caesarean section, after being unexpectedly mated with a larger dog. She finally gave birth naturally on our consult room table and the picture shows her with her large first born puppy.

Although the pregnancy was unplanned, the owners of the dog have gladly welcomed the little ones into their family, but realize the importance of getting her spayed before this can happen again. This highlights the potential risks of unwanted pregnancies to mother and babies’ health as well as financial implications for the owner of not addressing the reproductive status of their pet. 

Look out for follow-up pictures of Trixie and her offspring on the LSPCA facebook site!