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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Saturday Free Vet Clinic Day Selfies

Free Clinic Day Sponsored by 

Check In: Silvia with Mama Cat and Four kids
The all day SCART event took place on Saturday, March 11 at Wichita's Interfaith Ministries with a makeshift clinic set up in their basement.

SCART in cooperation with Inter-Faith Ministries hosted the bi-annual pet wellness clinic event, which also function as practice drills for animal response volunteers while offering free pet wellness exams, vaccinations and city license information for pets whose owners are experiencing or have recently experienced homelessness or poverty.  

Exams were provided by Skaer Veterinary Clinic and services were free of charge.  Information about no cost spay and neuter options was also available. The event was limited to dogs and cats. Proof of low income was required, by appointment only set up several months ago.


Cold day yesterday. Mostly dog owners came to event. The outdoor receiving and registration area was cordoned off to help keep loose doggies from running away.  All the tables were covered by canopies.

Silvia's four kids are seven years old. Mama Cat is about eight.

After filling out paperwork for each kitty, carriers were tagged to correspond with each kitty's paperwork. Then Silvia, a volunteer and I carried the carriers over to a covered semi-circle waiting area of chairs covered by a large canopy before going in the building.
The Cat exam room was actually the women's restroom.  

Natasha was first to be seen. She watched Mama Silvia a lot to know what to do. She was very good and wasn't scared. Every kitty had their teeth checked, bladder and abdomen checked, overall health. Then received distemper and rabies shots, and topicals for deworming and fleas. 


Guero, who had been having diarrhea problems this last week, was thankfully well enough now to get his vaccinations. Dr. Christen Skaer checked both Guero and Gordo's surgeries. Gordo PU surgery, only a few weeks ago, was healing well. (PU = perineal urethrostomy).


Sometimes Mama Narcisca gets a brown discharge. Silvia asked Dr. Skaer about that and she suggested that Mama be checked for crystal problems in her urine since two of her boys had to have PU surgery for crystal blockage. 
 
Two of the flea products they had on hand were Frontline or Cheristin. Had not heard of Cheristin before. (Cheristin FAQs) Cheristin is apparently safer for young cats and kittens. (FAQ page states, "Low-volume dose is effective for all cats 1.8 pounds or greater")

Vet Exam Kitty Selfies:
Natasha

Gordo
Guero
Ronnie

Mama Narcisca

After examinations, Kitties were checked out at the "Reclaim" Table. Silvia was told by Dr. Skaer and SCART that if any kitty seemed to be having a reaction, take to ER to be checked and treated and treatment would be paid for.  Every kitty received paperwork and a rabies tag in an envelope.
 
Review of the event: 
One little dog got loose and happily ran around excited. The volunteers were calm and easily helped the little dachshund return to his Mama.

Two of the topicals were placed too low below the cat's collars. When Silvia got her kitties home, they started trying to groom each other and began gagging and drooling. If the topicals had been put just above the collar line, would have been harder for the siblings to get it in their mouths during mutual grooming.

Natasha did not take to all the vaccinations and topicals as well as Mom and her littermates. She curled up in a ball and refused to eat. She also staggered to the litterbox. We took her to the ER for a checkup. At ER, Silvia was told that only the checkup would be covered and not any treatment if needed. After some discussion (heated), Natasha's treatment was also covered (Benedryl shot).

In Conclusion: Event went well and very organized. Plenty of volunteers who were professional and calm - very good with animals. However I will be contacting SCART to find out why ER said that treatment was not covered, only the exam if needed.

We're joining Cat on My Head for the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop: http://thecatonmyhead.com/snoozy-sunday-selfie/ 

 

11 comments:

  1. Mee-you Katie Kat, Mamma Narcissia an her kittss are so healthee lookin!! Mee wishess them a good life. They are inn grate paws there fur sure...
    ***nose rubsss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxx

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  2. This is very, very, VERY WONDERFUL, for sure. PURRS.

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  3. Overall that was a good thing, poor Natasha though. We hope she is all better now.

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  4. So glad your community had this event. but that must have been really scary with Natasha :(

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  5. It is so good to see these events happening, and it does encourage good ownership and help those most in need too. It was sad to hear about Natasha and hope she will be better very soon. Purrs ERin

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  6. eye noe this commint haz nothin ta due with this post
    but eye wanted ta say thanx 777 bazillion timez for
    yur kindnezz two me & me familee last week
    sorree for de message paste type for mat…….lovez all wayz
    boomer ♥

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  7. Poor Natasha. Send Healing Pawkisses and hope she feels better soon❤❤❤

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  8. I am glad Guero is holding his own.

    These events are so important especially if your income is limited. It is wonderful the people care a lot, maybe wires got crossed along the way. I hope things are OK now.

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  9. Awwww guys, mew are so pawesome fur taking care of these sweet babies, and we are sending many gentle purrs fur Natasha!

    Sweetest purrs

    Basil & Co xox

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Dearest Furry Friends, Thanks so much fur visiting and leaving your paw prints. Love and Purrz from the Katie Katz