Dogstar in action…..
Since the last update, it’s been a very busy time for the team in Sri Lanka…..nothing new there then!
On 2 December we visited Beragala Temple just outside Kegalle where we regularly supply food and keep a check on all the local dogs. Beragala is the home of lovely Peggy, originally a street dog, who had a large leg tumour and mammary tumour removed earlier this year. She was then adopted by a lovely local and remains fit and well – she certainly isn’t thin any more!
This is the inside of the lovely Temple at Beragala….so always a pleasure visiting.
While Mo was away in Galle over the first weekend in December, the rest of the team dealt with more than 20 patients – including a bird who had been attacked by a cat. We think that prompt veterinary attention means he/she has lived to twitter again….
Our local Temple in Randeniya is now being visited every day - to give extra food to new mum Cleo, and medication to Bumpy (see later). Here’s Cleo looking very well. She’s still quite timid but allows both Mo and Paula to touch her which is certainly progress.
Sadly Cleo lost one of her two pups but the other (a boy) seems to be making progress. Dr. Manjula will be visiting us again later this week and we’ll make sure she checks him over.
Much of our time seems to be spent visting Temples at the moment! On a recent visit to Kalugalla, we noticed that lovely Harvey was looking far from well – apart from his obvious skin condition, he had lost a lot of weight. It seems that the more dominant dogs at the Temple are getting the lion’s share of the food so the team are walking up twice a day to give Harvey additional food and supplements. He’s also on antibiotics and antihistamines and after 4 or 5 days of intensive treatment seems to be coming on well. Again, Dr. Manjula will have a look at him later this week and decide if he needs any further tests.
When well, Harvey is really a handsome boy with his lovely golden eyes – we can’t wait until he’s back to his usual photogenic self!
Back in Randeniya, blind Temple dog Bumpy had to have another visit to the vet on 8 December for treatment of an abcess on his face. Dr. Abeyrathna lanced this (ouch!) and Bumpy was cleaned up and given antibiotics. He now looks forward to the team visit every day for his cheese and medication.
Here he is earlier this week looking much better, relaxing in the sunshine.
Finally, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster with pup Fudge who is currently a patient at Dogstar HQ. Initially dumped with litter mates at MEF, Fudge was then moved by agreement to a local Temple. However, by some miracle 3 of the pups then found their way back to Dogstar’s garden….. Fudge’s 2 sisters were sterilised and vaccinated during our November clinic and quickly rehomed, but as Fudge was far weaker and suffering with a persistent tapeworm infection she was put on the December op list…. Sad to say, last week she ate something which really upset her system so it was a couple of vet visits then and over the past couple of days she has been far from well and we are almost certain she has contracted parvo…..
Here she is earlier this week in better health having found a comfy spot on Mo’s washing bag…..
We’re doing all we can to continue supportive therapy for Fudge and praying and keeping our fingers crossed that she comes through this dreadful period ….will update soon.
That’s the current round up from here – we’ll keep you in touch with all the news!