Hi has anyone had a cat or a dog which has had to have an operation other that for spaying, I am just wondering what the treatment is like. My cat has a suspect lump and she may have to have it removed in the new year. I am aprehensive as to what she is going to have to go through, any feedback please
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Message posted by Graham T-A on 16áDecemberá2011 at 7:49pm - IP Logged
"Lump removals depending on the area of the lump are routine procedures and far more straightforward than eye or limb removal. In the Uk our procedures are to excise the lump in its entirety and at the owners consent send this off for further analysis, to interpret the nature of the lump/mass. Recovery can differ from patient to patient, but is generally speedy and the cat is more resiliant than we think.
Depending on recovery your cat will usually go home the same day/evening. After care is simplistic also, a bland diet initially is fed for a period of 24 hours, with fresh water readily available to aid hydration. Normal food can follow after this time. Strict rest is required for a few days to allow your cat to recover from anaesthesia, normal exericse can resume once sutures have been removed +/- (if applicable). Your vet/nurse will explain dispensed medication with you and times to administer.
I hope this has been helpful to ease your anxiety but get back in touch if you need any more explanation."
This reply is from my daughter who is a Veterinary Nurse in the UK.
Message posted by rosy on 17áDecemberá2011 at 2:36pm - IP Logged
Hi Kath, thank you for the information, my concern here is that if the lump is cancerous, then what is the facility here in Corfu for treatment. Would they send the lump off for analysis like they would in the UK, I am concerned about whether drugs are even available for this sort of thing. I just have no idea,
Message posted by janmanessi on 17áDecemberá2011 at 2:43pm - IP Logged
They can send lumps for analysis in Athens if no faciilties locally.
Sure drugs can be obtained- Corfu is much better than UK for this kind of thing- very unusual in Uk to find a vet in the main square of a town specialising in animal medicines as Papa Georgiou in San Rocco Square does!!
One thing though, Greek cats often require more anaesthetic, more medication etc. as they are much tougher and more resistent to medicines than UK cats (this info came from a UK vet who practised here for many years)
Message posted by Kath Brian on 17áDecemberá2011 at 3:40pm - IP Logged
Hi Rosy, I will pass your thanks on to my daughter. She was responding purely based on her experience as a nurse here in the UK and hoping to allay your fears. My daughter is not aware that Greek cats require any more anaesthetic than UK cats and assumes that medication will be similar from country to country - the vet she works with who is Italian and qualified in Italy has never mentioned anything about major treatment differences between animals of "differing nationalities" in this way. In her experience doseages of medication / anaesthesia is based on the individual weight of the animal.
Hope it all goes well when the procedure does take place.
Very best wishes, Kath.
Message posted by janmanessi on 17áDecemberá2011 at 4:02pm - IP Logged
Only know from a 'customer' point of view, but we had a marvellous English vet who worked in Corfu for ages in the 80s. She said she thought this could be because the Greek cats and dogs were closer to their wild roots than their UK counterparts- anaesthetic that would knock out a UK animal often had little effect on a Greek patient, however it also works the other way- my wild cats were neutered and spayed in Autumn and there was no way I could catch them to take their antibiotics- and they would not take them in their food- and they recovered by themselves- Greek cats are tough.
Message posted by Kath Brian on 17áDecemberá2011 at 9:05pm - IP Logged
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