⭐ Christmas came early this year for the dogs at Carriacou Animal Hospital! ⭐🌟
Last Thursday we received an extra large barrel full of dog food (5 bags of 30kg food each!) and more goodies! We received this very generous donation from Kevin James Harvey from Multimenu / Paws & Friends in Durham, Canada! Thank you very very much!
A very special thank you also goes out to Mike & Gwen from Sup CarriacouGrenada, who referred Kevin to our organization! They also donated collars and leashes as well as transportation and clearing for the shipment!
Thank you all for your amazing support!
written by Dr. Nadine Cerny
Heartworm disease is a disease that we see – unfortunately – rather frequently in our patients at Carriacou Animal Hospital. As this severe and potentially fatal disease is easily preventable with a monthly medication, we’d like to raise awareness and give some background information with this article.
The disease is caused by a worm-like parasite called Dirofilaria immitis and it is transmitted to dogs – and occasionally to cats – by mosquitos (Culicidae).
Over the next 3 to 4 months the worms grow immensely in size. Adult female worms are about 30 cm long, the males are about 23 cm. Eventually they are ready to mate and the female gives birth to live young worms (microfilaria, larval stage 1; L1), which distribute in the dog’s vascular system. Now is the time, a mosquito gets infected again with young heartworm larvae, when it bites the dog and feeds on its blood. The young larvae need the mosquito as a host in order to evolve into the second and third larval stage. Once the larvae reached the third larval stage (L3), their life cycle is closed and they are ready to infect another dog.
Due to global warming, export/import of goods and traveling/moving with pets, the disease is distributed in other countries as well and occurs at least seasonally. Within the Caribbean, heartworm disease is highly endemic in mosquitos and dogs on all the islands. If your dog lives here or if you travel in this area with your dog without taking preventative actions, it will get bitten by mosquitos and therefore – very most likely – get infected with heartworm larvae.
Initially, the heartworm disease in dogs is often unnoticed by dog owners, as in the early stages of the disease, the dogs usually don’t show symptoms. The symptoms reflect the adult worm burden, the duration of the infection and the individual reaction of the dog to the parasite. In moderate to advanced stages of infection, the dog owner may notice symptoms like exercise intolerance, fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath, breathing noises and decrease in appetite. In very severe stages of the disease the dog may even cough up blood or worms.
The „season“ is coming up in Carriacou and many of you are returning to Carriacou!
Some have asked us what they can bring back for Carriacou Animal Hospital and what we need at the clinic. First of all, we are blown away by your support and immensely value it!!!
There are a few things, which would make working and living at the clinic for our volunteers a lot more accommodating. If you are cleaning out your closets and cupboards, or if you come across a nice sale in your area, it would be great if you can think of us. Even the smallest contributions can make a difference!
We would greatly appreciate the following:
1. New or gently used bed sheets (flat and fitted), sizes TWIN (38“ x 74“ = 92 cm x 187 cm) and FULL (54“ x 74“ = 137 cm x 187 cm)
2. New or gently used standard pillows and pillow cases
3. New or gently used bath towels
4. Bathroom mirror for above the sink (approx. 3’ x 3’)
5. Throw rugs
6. Toaster or toaster oven, 220V
7. Coffee maker, 220V
8. Glasses, mugs and dinner ware
9. Skillets and sauce pans
10. Tupperware / containers
11. Red dog collars, size 10“-16“
Picture source: thelabradorsite.com
Hello to everyone, and especially near-future volunteers!
We're most fortunate to have a good stock of supplies thanks to all of you! Every once in a while we run short on things and since many of you ask what they can bring, here's a list of what we need the most.
At the moment, we are in desperate need of the following:
1.) Clipper blades!! We have several Andis AGR(+) clippers, but all our blades are broken (or blunt and no service available in Carriacou). We would need the size 40 or 40(SS) as those cut short enough for surgery sites.
2.) Green needles, 21Gx 5/8".
3.) Hibiscrub® (Chlorhexidine scrub)
Further on our wish list are:
- PGA (polyglycolic acid) braided absorbable sutures (e.g. Vicryl®), size USP 2-0, 0 and 1, on cutting needle (or spool)
- PDS (Polydioxanone) absorbable monofilament sutures (e.g. PDS® II), sizes USP 2-0 and 1
- PGCL (Poliglecaprone) absorbable monofilament sutures (e.g. Monocryl®), sizes USP 3-0 and 2-0
- Sterile surgical gloves, size 6.5
- Gauze squares (Swabs)
- Blue needles, 23Gx 5/8"
- Orange needles, 25Gx 5/8"
- Syringes, 1ml and 2ml
- Spiral giving sets and extensions
- Fipronil spot-ons or spray
- Simparica® / Nexguard® / Bravecto®
- Doxycycline tablets or capsules
- Malaseb® shampoo, (or similar/generic product with 2% miconazole nitrate and 2% chlorhexidine gluconate)
- Empty medicine bottles
- QuickSplints, forelegs and hind legs, all sizes
- Buster collars (20cm or bigger!)
- (Old) collars for small to medium sized dogs (5 - 15kg)
- Cat transport box
Our Saturday morning in Windward was a big success! Within 2,5 hours 37 dogs and 3 cats were examined and treated!!
A big thank you to Sunrise Disco for hosting us and many thanks to everyone involved, especially the volunteering team Charlie, Michael, Lorraine, Katherine & Nadine! And last but not least, a special thank you to Holly, who spent the last hours of her stay in Carriacou tirelessly seeing patients! It was great volunteering with you!
We are planing to do an out-reach clinic in different villages once per month on Saturday! If the community in your village would like us to set up by you one Saturday, please contact us.
Two weeks flew by and we had to say goodbye to Dr. Gemma and VN Catherine, yesterday. As we are sending them off with many thanks, the best wishes and a hopeful "see you soon!", we'd also like to grab the opportunity to introduce our remaining volunteering veterinarians, staying at the clinic, a little better. Holly, Charlie and Michael had all arrived last weekend!
Thanks again to WVS, which was sending us most of the current team!
CAH was happy to welcome Dr. Gemma Satchell and RVN Catherine Smyth!
They both work in the same practice at Attimore Veterinary Group, where Dr. Gemma started working after she graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015. Catherine started her career as a qualified veterinary nurse at Attimore Veterinary Group and has been working there before as a receptionist and during her time as a veterinary nurse student.
We are excited that they are volunteering with us for two weeks and would like to thank them as well as Attimore Veterinary Group for their donations.
We’d like to catch the opportunity to thank our volunteers James, Huw and Aimee for their great support and their big enthusiasm in veterinary work and spending time in Carriacou in general.
We are happy to have them with us for another week and would like to share some insights about them.
Dr. James and Dr. Huw are both registered members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) in the UK.
Dr. James Barton from Hurst, Berkshire, in the UK, did a Bachelor degree in Bioveterinary Science before he started his studies in Veterinary Science. He graduated with distinction from the University of Liverpool in July 2015. He has since worked in two different first opinion small animal and exotics practices. James enjoys conservation work and has previously volunteered in the capture and movement of wild game in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
Dr. Huw Fletcher currently living in North Yorkshire, did a Bachelor degree in Bioveterinary Science and added a Master in Veterinary Parasitology on top of that. His Master thesis was about a diagnostic test for bovine neosporosis. Huw also studied Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool and graduated with distinction in July 2015. For the last two years, Huw has been working in a mixed practice in Knaresborough.
Huw’s partner Aimee studied History at the University of Manchester and graduated in 2008. She’s a teacher and works for Teach First. At CAH she’s stepped into animal care and welfare, and is a very supportive member of the team and by helping out, wether it is packing up surgery kits, holding patients or cleaning up after the boys.
After their time in Carriacou, Huw and Aimee are off to the next adventure in New Zealand, where they are hoping to work and live, soon!
CAH welcomes Dr. James Dr. Huw and Aimee, our new volunteers for the next 3 weeks! We are most thankful for their support and the huge donation of supplies from them and their practices Natterjacks Vet Bournemouth and Forest House Veterinary Surgery, Knaresborough, .
Welcome to Carriacou and enjoy your stay!