We Need a Bigger Cat Hospital!
Cypress the rehab bobcat is doing great, but she still isn’t scheduled to go outside until March 3, so she has half of the West – Boensch Cat Hospital to herself. You can watch Cypress the bobcat, LIVE on DropCam here: http://dropc.am/p/qYsjoW
Banjo the 23 year old bearcat was spotted limping last week and, upon physical examination, Dr. Wynn found a wound on his hip that was covered in fur and invisible to the casual observer. She said his X-rays showed spondylosis of the spine (fusing) and very bad arthritis in his knees. The would was debrided, flushed and stitched, so Banjo has to be kept inside until it heals.
He is in the other half of the West – Boensch Cat Hospital and hating it. He hasn’t been confined to a small space since being rescued from being one of the unfortunate animals to be used in “edu-tainment” whereby animal abusers haul wild animal cubs out to schools, civic centers, fairs and such and use them as props. It seems Banjo remembers that life and is terrified that it could happen again. We will move him back outside just as soon as his wound heals over.
In this hour long walkabout you will see Cody the Cougar going to and from the vet, Nairobi Serval going to and from the vet, Big Cat Rescue being honored as one of four finalists in the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce’s Non Profit of the Year awards, Honey relaying the circle of life involving the rescue of a snake and a from from each other and a tiger, and Banjo the Bearcat going to and from the vet along with our quarantine protocols.
Amazing Grace the 22 year old ocelot began limping, which has been an intermittent thing for her for many years, but this time her paw was swollen. On January 30th, Gale, Honey and Jamie rescued Amazing Grace from a rabid raccoon that was attacking her cage. No contact was observed, so Grace was put on strict quarantine to watch for signs of rabies and the poor raccoon was sent off for testing. The test came back positive for rabies, so we were fearing the worst when we saw her swollen paw. We couldn’t help but wonder if she had been bitten by the raccoon before we netted him.
To make matters worse, it was cold and raining and Amazing Grace was shaking out of her skin. We called Dr. Wynn and she was able to see her on an emergency basis if we brought her in, but we had to catch her first. Gale got her into lockout with the help of Rich, BethAnn and Jocelin . Gale netted Grace and then Honey and I helped get her into the squeeze cage and off to the vet.
Gracie quit shaking once she was inside the clinic, but it took over 50 minutes, and four tries, to sedate her. She just wasn’t going to give up and go to sleep and we couldn’t risk handling her, in case she was exposed to rabies, until she did. It was a very stressful hour for us because at her age we knew that the drugs could kill her but we couldn’t use gas because if she had been exposed to rabies then it would contaminate the equipment for any future animal. She never did completely go to sleep but using those great, welder gloves that someone donated via our Amazon wish list we were able to draw blood, do X-rays, open, drain and flush the wound and look at her teeth.
The X-rays showed that her feet had just been butchered by who ever declawed her before she arrived here. Some bones were just cut in half and jagged, one was broken and healed crooked (thus the intermittent limping) and all of the toes had little spurs of calcium that must be awfully painful to walk on. Like having sandspurs in your shoes. Her spine too was fused from spondylosis and her hips are beginning to protrude. She looks to be in great weight and coat, but underneath the glam she is showing the signs of being an ancient cat who’s body is beginning to shut down. She eats anything and everything you give her but her old body just can’t assimilate it. 22 is ridiculously old for an ocelot and may even be a record.
She was giving antibiotics, pain meds and sent home with a prescription for more and will be treated for her arthritis as well. Surgery on her calcium spurs or broken tooth are just out of the question due to her age and her recent potential exposure to the rabid raccoon. Thankfully she doesn’t act like the tooth bothers her as she is eating fine.
She too needs to be kept indoors for a few days for the paw to heal, but we are out of space in the Cat Hospital, so we had to refit the foster kitten cabana and put it under strict quarantine. Once Gracie heals and goes back outside we will have to disinfect every square inch of that space before kittens can go in there again. Thankfully we don’t have any foster kittens right now that need that space, but spring isn’t far away.
ROYAL OAK, Mich., Feb. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Royal Oak veterinarian is letting area pet owners know about an advanced form of healing that uses electrical voltage to relieve pain and induce healing in animals. Dr. John Simon of Woodside Animal Hospital employs biomodulator/transducer therapy to treat both acute injuries and chronic conditions safely and non-invasively. “I am convinced that this technique will eventually supplant drug therapy, and possibly even laser therapy, as a preferred method for relieving muscle spasms, inflammation and other causes of tissue pain. We are very excited to offer this new form of treatment,” says Dr. Simon.
The veterinarian describes biomodulator/transducer therapy as a method of pinpointing and correcting irregularities in electrical voltage within an animal’s soft tissues. The areas of unnaturally low voltage, he explains, correspond to areas that are suffering from injury or disease. “These areas tend to experience low pH levels, meaning that
they become overly acidic. This acidity forces cells to lose oxygen, creating an anaerobic environment that fosters inflammatory toxins and microorganisms,” he says. Dr. Simon adds that because tissues must receive adequate amounts of oxygen and other nutrients before they can
produce the amounts of ATP necessary for cell repair, the low voltage in the injury or disease site can prolong or prohibit full recovery even as it contributes to acute or chronic pain.
Dr. Simon uses the specialized technology to detect these low voltage levels and then raises them to a state that promotes tissue healing and pain relief. He notes that the biomodulator does not touch the skin or apply any pressure to do its work, which makes it an attractive option
for pets experiencing severe pain. Once an area of low tissue voltage has been confirmed, he says, the transducer supplies the necessary micro-current to add electrons to the tissues, thus raising voltage by a tiny but significant amount. The veterinarian adds that the
transducer therapy is not only painless but can also penetrate to a greater depth than laser therapy, another popular option for stimulating cell repair and relieving chronic pain. “We can apply the transducer to any point on a pet’s body, which makes it possible for us treat even the most hard-to-reach organs and tissues,” he adds.
Dr. Simon underwent special training to learn about electrical conduction as a healing modality and the use of the biomodulator/transducer system. He currently prescribes it for conditions including post-surgical recovery, muscle damage, osteoarthritis and other chronic pain conditions. While the veterinarian expresses excitement over the benefits of this form of therapy, however, he points out that it can also provide support to other therapeutic techniques as part of a larger holistic healing strategy.
In addition to biomodulator/transducer therapy, Woodside Animal Hospital provides wellness evaluations, vaccinations, surgery, x-rays, nutritional counseling and other veterinary services for Royal Oak pets.
CONTACT: Woodside Animal Hospital 1-888-667-5235
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