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By KATRINE MANGOLD BVSC
Swallowed a sock? Attracting all the local
toms? Broken a toe?
Pets can undergo surgery for all sorts of
reasons, from neutering to a complicated
However, for any of these procedures, the
care your pet gets at home from you, the
owner, makes a huge difference to how well
they recover. Of course, exactly what is requi-
red in terms of care varies from surgery to
surgery. At the time of discharge, you should
be provided with a sheet that details what
care is required. It is really important that
you understand what to do -- if you have any
questions or concerns, just ask.
There are a few general principles that
apply to most surgeries.
While many pets will be a bit quieter than
their usual selves when they go home, if your
pet is off food, dull, reluctant to move, or very
painful, do not hesitate to contact your vet.
Any surgical wounds should be checked daily
until stitches are removed.
The two most common complications of sur-
gical wounds are infection and/or the wound
coming apart. Your job is to check for signs of
these (redness, swelling, discharging pus or
fluid, hot or painful to touch, wound edges
coming apart). If they just will not leave the
stitches alone, they need to be wearing an
Surgical wounds must also be kept dry.
This is because while the wound edges are
still healing, water (carrying dirt from your
pet s coat) can track down into the wound,
setting up infection. Just like human wounds,
casts or bandages also have to be kept dry.
Any medications that your pet is prescribed
should always be given as directed -- to the
very last pill.
Finally, make sure your pet is kept quiet
and rests. Your Vetlife team is also only a
phone call away should you be at all worried
about your pet after their surgery.
Free car seat workshop
SAFE SEATS: Emma Bennison 5, and Liam Bennison 21 months, safely buckled into their child restraint
about child restraints will be
answered next Thursday
night at a free information
evening at the Rolleston Com-
Selwyn District Council
youth road safety advisor
Carolyn Bennison said the
course had been motivated by
concerns that many parents
are lacking important infor-
mation needed to make cru-
Mrs Bennison, a qualified
child restraint technician,
said too often she has seen
children in the wrong type of
seat for their age or size.
Her goal is to inform
parents which child restraint
is appropriate for their chil-
dren and why.
She is encouraging anyone
who holds doubts about what
age and size children should
be when they change car seat
type, whether their child no
longer needs a car seat, or
simply wants to learn more
about child restraints, to
attend the session.
Mrs Bennison said she is
often asked all kinds of ques-
tions by parents.
People often ask me about
child restraints, like, when do
I change seats? , how long do
I need a booster seat for? ,
what type of seat should I
get? , to name a few.
The session will cover off on
the basics of child restraints,
an overview of the different
types of restraints, safety
statistics, when to change
child restraints, and potential
problems to be aware of.
Mrs Bennison will show
video clips of child crash test
dummies that show why chil-
dren need child restraints.
The session will get under
way on Thursday, June 6,
To register or to find out
more about the event, contact
Carolyn Bennison 03 347 2944
Everyone who attends and
completes an evaluation form
goes into the draw to win an
appropriate new child
restraint, valued at $300.
Snow-makers mark winter's return
SNOW WHITE: A snow-making machine in action at Mt
Hutt Ski Area last week.
IN A sure sign that winter is near, the
snowmaking has started at many of
Selwyn s skifields.
Mt Hutt Ski Area manager James
McKenzie said snow-making started
up at Mt Hutt Ski Area, near Methven,
With recent forecasts, many snow-
making teams at skifields had been on
standby, closely monitoring the weather.
Mr McKenzie said snow-making guns
were started as soon as temperatures
dropped to suitable levels last week.
In addition to the snow guns, Mt Hutt
also received 8cm of natural snow on
Thursday night as a cold front passed up
There were more encouraging signs for
skifields on Monday and Tuesday, when
they were forecasted to receive decent
dumps of snow from this week s front.
Mt Hutt has a tentative opening date
scheduled for June 15, but that is
subject to change, depending on con-
ditions as they develop.
Mr McKenzie believed the 2013 season
looked promising, after being aided by
recent favourable conditions.
He said that thanks to a cool autumn
with two snow falls, the mountains had
maintained snow coverage in the lead-up
to the winter season.
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