Goodbye to Dahab

Our last day of work!

Many thanks to Anna and her husband for supplying the room to work in. Very luxurious. Also thanks to Karin and Nousa, the souls of Animal Welfare Dahab. These people work day in day out looking after the dogs and cats of Dahab. They are truly amazing. Dr Amira, the local Egyptian vet also gives her services throughout the year. And then there are the numerous helpers who bring in cats and dogs for us to neuter or treat. Thank you. We walk away and you just carry on!

Local heroes

It is always rewarding to meet our patients on the street. Leany, a dog we castrated about 5 years ago is still hanging around the best restaurants.

Two days after castration and amputating this dog’s tail we met him back on the beach. Happy as Larry and with no bad feelings toward us.

We also met some of the cats on a walk. We ear tip so that they are easily recognizable as having been neutered. Their clipping in the flank is also clearly visible. The dogs are given a microchip as identification.

Tomorrow we’re back in England – expecting rain…

Karen

 

Dahab, a milestone: 400 animals neutered

This is our 7th visit to Dahab as part of the TNR (trap,neuter and release) programme of Animal Welfare Dahab.

Today we neutered our 400th animal as part of these projects. (That is over the 7 trips and not as Lisa’s daughter thought  – all in one day. She is very proud of her mother!).

Hopefully we have had some effect on the health and well being of these animals. The number of dogs seem to have diminished, but the cat population seems unaltered. We console ourselves with the thought that we have improved the lives of some of the individuals.

We have also amputated a few legs and tails, fixed a few wounds, extracted a few teeth, fixed a few hernias. We also met some dedicated animal friends.

Running for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

For the past 4 years I have run the British 10k in London, supporting the PCRF, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

In the village where Karen & I live, we lost 2 people, prematurely and unexpectedly, to pancreatic cancer.
Wendy and Ken.
When I run I think of them, I carry them with me.

So this year we’re doing it again.
This coming weekend, on Sunday 15 July. And it’s going to be a scorcher.
Just like last year, my cousin, Marieke, is running with me. This time she brings more support from Holland: her dad, Gerard, who is running his first 10k, and her friend, Willemijn.
So it’ll be four of us running in the red-and-yellow shirt of the PCRF

Last year we raised almost £1,700, a total we should be able to beat this year… with your help. Please support us.
You can donate by clicking this link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harrykappen
Alternatively, if you are in the area, you can pop into the Practice and fill out the sponsorship form.

You can read more about the PCRF here: http://www.pcrf.org.uk/

Thank you!

Back from the Caribbean

I am back from the Caribbean, re-adjusting to the cold, while Cabayo, the dog mentioned in the previous post, is still at the clinic in Carriacou. And making great progress.

Talya, his owner, came to visit him one Saturday morning while I was still there and spent some time with her much loved dog. When she left, Cabayo really got quite agitated and tried to climb over the fence in an attempt to follow her. Thankfully he was soon back to his normal, cheerful self and the other dogs seemed to take his mind off his beloved owner.

Cabayo’s degloving injury is healing slowly but surely. The skin on his paw has basically all regrown and we have been able to close the wound more and more every few days.

The biggest problem is the carpal joint, where the joint capsule was damaged during the accident. Joint capsules don’t tend to heal easily, so he will most likely retain a slight limp .The alternative would have been to amputate his leg – so-called “tripods” are not popular in the Caribbean, so on balance, a limp is not a bad result.

Doris

 

Doris returns to the Caribbean

Doris has returned to Carriacou Animal Hospital in Grenada to help out at the veterinary clinic. They have put her straight back to work.


One of her first patients was this gorgeous dog who had been involved in a traffic accident on another island.

Cabayo

The dog, Cabayo, belongs to a school girl who really loves him.  The ferry would not take the injured dog over to the island where Doris was working so the little girl had to get another boat to take him there.

Cabayo had a severe de-gloving injury (basically stripping of the skin) which Doris has cleaned and dressed and the progress in healing is quite amazing as you can see.

Thank you to all who bought tickets in our pre-Christmas raffle so that we could send some funds to the charity. Thank you also to Doris for giving up her time to do such valuable work. We are very proud of you.

Of course it is not all work!! That would make Doris a very dull girl and we wouldn’t want that!

 

A cat called Buckets

Some 10 years ago we were visiting a very good friend in Australia who worked there as a vet. She introduced us to a cat called Buckets, whose unflappable character really impressed us. And when Katie told us his story we were even more impressed.

On a hot day in Cowra, Australia, some children brought in a heat-stressed kitten that had been chased by some dogs. His temperature was 41.8! He was placed in a bucket of cold water to bring down his temperature, but his temperature did not fall, because he was still severely agitated. Katie decided to sedate the kitten and then lowered him into a bucket of ice water. Finally his temperature came down.

Buckets was castrated, vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas. And he didn’t leave, he became the ‘practice cat’, and spent most of his time in the waiting room, observing and interacting with other cats, dogs, sheep and goats.

Karen and I met Buckets when some Blue Heeler Cattle Dog puppies were there too, and the video below gives you some idea of the kind of cat Buckets had become – supremely confident with the patience of a saint.

This story has an addendum, but I’ll keep that for the next blog post.