Summer 2019

What's New at KVC
Welcome Portia

portia.smlPortia is new to nursing but finding her feet quickly, nursing all of our adoption kittens as well as our very friendly clinic cat Darcy. Portia is especially interested in surgical nursing and caring for wildlife.



Georgie - looking for his forever home


Georgie is a very shy, sweet 6 month old boy who is looking for a new home. He has been desexed, vaccinated and treated for parasites.



Case of the Month
Skin Cancer in Cats
"S" is and 8 year old white cat who has recently developed non healing bleeding scabs, and some curling at the tips of his ears.
Cats are prone to a particular type of skin cancer - squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) - on any part of their skin that is unpigmented and has little or no hair coverage.
The most common spots are on the bare skin of the nose and on the tips of the ears.
Precancerous change can start early in life and may not become obvious until later.
SCC starts with small non healing scabby wounds on the skin, and progresses to large ulcerative lesions.
They cause local irritation and can bleed profusely.
These cancers tend to invade locally and will eventually spread elsewhere in the body, but not until late in the course of the disease.sweetie.sml
The best treatment is surgical removal if possible, or small lesions may respond to freezing. Very large lesions may also respond to radiation therapy.
Sweetie had surgery to amputate his ear tips and has made a full recovery with no sign of retrun of the cancer. He is very loved and his family now call him the white panther.


Heat Stress in Companion Animals
With the run of hot weather we are having lately it is important to remember to look after our furry companions.
As well has having a fur coat some of our pets may be predisposed to suffer from heat stress due to obesity, difficulty breathing (as in some short faced breeds such as pugs and bull dogs), medical conditions such as heart disease or thyroid disease, and excessive exercise.
Dogs and cats cannot lose heat by sweating as effectively as we can, and lose a lot of heat by panting. High humidity will decrease the amount of heat animals are able to lose by panting so it is important to take the humidity into account as well as the temperature. Even temperatures in the low 30's can become a problem on very humid days.

Heat stroke affects all organs in the body and can rapidly lead to death.
Animals suffering from heat stress will open mouth breath, may be weak or wobbly and can seizure.
Here are some basic rules to follow: -
Do not exercise your dog on hot or humid days
7541475 sAlways have plenty of shade available for your dog and plenty of fresh water to drink. Consider adding an ice block to the drinking bowl before you go out to help keep the water cool
A small wading pool is ideal for those animal that love to swim
Consider given your pet a summer hair cut if their coat is thick or long.
If you pet has any medical problems then consider leaving them in air conditioning on very hot days.
Do not leave your pet in the car unattended. Temperatures in a closed car and be double those outside.

If you have a dog with a short nose, be very careful, as they will have more trouble reducing their body temperature with panting than dogs with a normal length nose.

If you think your pet is heat stressed then try to cool them as soon as possible by wetting them down in a hose or a bath and seek immediate veterinary attention.