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Pet therapy the Cuddles,Goldy and Spotty way

CGS Hospital is trying to raise standards of veterinary small animal care.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | Published: April 7, 2013 2:09:34 am

HE HAS just had a surgery to remove stones in his gall bladder and is wheeled into the post-operative care room to monitor his recovery.

He grunts as the anaesthesia wears off. Meanwhile,doctors rush in a buck-toothed hairy patient,who needs surgery for an abscess in the leg.

Conversation drifts to another case,where a tumour weighing nearly six kilos was surgically removed from the spleen of a patient.

It looks like any other state-of-the-art hospital in Gurgaon with operation theatres equipped with laser technology for hassle-free incisions,a colour doppler echo-cardiography machine to diagnose heart ailments,a 24×7 emergency,and an advanced microbiology and pathology laboratory for diagnostics.

Except that the patients that saunter around the 1.25-acre plot are of the four-legged kind,who can only thank their doctors with a “woof” or a “meow”,their tails incessantly wagging.

The CGS Hospital,named after three late pets — Cuddles,Goldy and Spotty — is trying to raise the standards of veterinary small animal care in the country.

Dr Samar S Mahendran,director of the hospital and a specialist in veterinary surgery and anaesthetic services,says,“Our aim is to be on par with the best international veterinary hospitals and also be a referral centre for veterinary science. We want to go beyond the notion of the vet clinic in India and provide an indigenous elf-sufficient hospital with multidisciplinary care.” Today,the hospital caters to not only animals from Delhi-NCR,but also those from Rajasthan,Kolkata,Pune and even Jammu & Kashmir.

Most of them have been diagnosed with serious disorders and have been referred to the hospital for treatment.

The two-and-a half-year journey to establish a hospital for small animals has not been easy,says Dr Mahendran.

He recalls the effort it took to even register an ultrasonography machine for animals under the Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.

“We were made to run between the Veterinary and Health departments in Haryana to just get the machine registered. We had to explain to the officials how the concept of female foeticide does not apply to animals,but with no specific rules for ultrasound machines for animals,this was a tough task,” he says.

Finally,after a lot of convincing,health officers visited the hospital and doctors helped them put together guidelines for registration of the machine for animals. “We hope these guidelines will soon be included in the law,” Dr Mahendran says.

The carbon dioxide laser surgery facility at the hospital is another first in the field of veterinary science in India,doctors say.

“Contrary to traditional surgery,where the nerve endings are often damaged in the incisions,here we use a laser beam to make our cuts. As a result,there is far less blood loss,the anaesthesia dose is less,

which leads to faster recovery in animals,” Dr Mahendran explains.

A wide range of surgeries are performed here,including orthopaedic procedures to correct fractures,Cesarean deliveries,soft-tissue surgeries and some cosmetic corrective procedure — like in the case of pugs,when multiple skin folds create breathing problems for the animal.

A far cry from the makeshift tables used for animal surgeries in many clinics,here two centrally air-conditioned and sterilised operation theatres — equipped with ventilators,autoclaves for sterilising the equipment,a Boyle’s gas system for giving anaesthesia and an endoscopy machine for diagnosis — have been designed by the vets keeping in mind the needs of animals.

The microbiology lab performs advanced blood culture tests,enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests,coupled with a histopathology laboratory to analyse tissue samples.

“Our aim is to provide facilities for accurate and early diagnosis for animal diseases… Earlier,vets had to rely on their assessment of the clinical symptoms,”

Dr Mahendran says.

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