Our patient of the month is Kitch, the 13 year old Terrier cross. Unfortunately, Kitch and his owner have had a very difficult month as they lived in Kinglake when fire devastated the town on Saturday February 7th. Kitch's owner lost her home and some of her pets. Kitch was lucky enough though to escape without sustaining any injuries.
Kitch was placed on an intravenous fluid drip prior to his surgery. The intravenous fluid drip is beneficial to patients undergoing an anaesthetic as it maintains normal blood pressure while the patient is anaesthetised and helps to flush the anaesthetic drugs from his system.
Nurse Lauren monitored Kitch's vital signs throughout the surgery, which included checking his blood pressure like they do in human hospitals. Dr Suzanne performed Kitch's surgery. Kitch recovered well from his surgery and was bouncing around his hospital cage thirty minutes after it was completed. Kitch remained on his intravenous fluid drip until he was discharged, and once Nurse Sommer had removed his drip he was more than happy to snuggle in for cuddles from her.
Our thoughts are with Kitch and his family as well as all the people who have been affected by these devastating fires. The team at Reservoir Veterinary Clinic have been assisting veterinary clinics closer to the affected areas in all ways that we can.