All the animals that were hospitalised required fluid treatment. The cat had a blocked bladder which was relieved but unfortunately the condition had been left too long untreated and despite i/v drips for 3 days died due to kidney failure.
Lucy is a little apricot coloured poodle which had severe diarrhoea and vomiting after being fed chicken bones. It was seen at midnight when I believed it was within minutes of dying due to shock and dehydration. Fortunately i/v drip fluids pulled it back from the brink and it survived. The saga went on for about a week with the dog hospitalised and needing late night and early morning visits to check in the clinic. It also involved sending her to Corfu for an X-ray as I thought she might have a bone stuck in her intestine. Fortunately she did not and has now made a full recovery.
The other animal which needed i/v fluids was a little Siberian husky puppy just bought from a mainland puppy farm. He developed extreme diarrhoea and vomiting after 4 days and I suspected Parvo virus infection. Luckily 24 hours on fluids put him right and he and the owners were very happy – eventually - but it was touch and go for a few hours. Surprisingly the owner thought buying a dog from a puppy farm was the correct procedure and it cost him a small fortune to buy.
Another highlight was a trip to Anti Paxos to treat a Corsican Mastiff called Duke with a septic wound. It is a young very large and potentially aggressive dog which had to be anaesthetised to be treated. Once asleep and the wound cleaned and treated I said that it would be a good idea to castrate him at the same time. To my amazement the owners agreed and it was job done! We all stayed the night on Anti Paxos in Faye’s villa and it was a magical experience sitting out in the warm night, drinking Anti Paxos wine and watching the stars and satellites go by while being bitten to bits by mosquitoes.
I examined and treated an owl which had become entangled in a net in an olive tree. It was very tiny Otus scops which the Greeks call a Koukouvaia. Despite the rescuer thinking it had a broken leg or wing it turned out just to be exhausted and a few hours peace and quiet allowed it to recover well and it hopped then flew away early evening when I closed the clinic for the night.
We had two away days to Mongonissi where the feral cats were proving a real headache to the Taverna owners. We neutered and spayed 12 cats in total. Theo was very pleased with the outcome as all the cats stopped hanging about and pestering the diners. Excellent result!