Friday, August 5, 2011

ORA: Heartfelt thanks to Lorne Park Animal Hospital!

On behalf of all ORA’s volunteers, we wish to express our gratitude to Lorne Park Animal Hospital for performing, yesterday, August 4th, a very complex dental surgery on Jasper, entirely pro bono!

The surgery performed by Dr. Memon presented two challenges as Jasper has a heart murmur and a misaligned jaw that is easily fracturable.

Jasper came to ORA two years ago as a stray. He was so desperately hungry at this time he was seen trying to eat gravel. Immediately after his rescue he had three teeth removed. We were told that the unusual appearance of Jasper’s mouth was due to an untreated mandibular fracture, due to either accident or abuse, that had calcified causing an underbite and misalignment of the jaw.

Two years after the first dentistry, performed by another veterinarian, Jasper’s mouth had become badly infected and many teeth needed to be removed.

After extensive blood work, Jasper underwent a course of antibiotics prior to the dental surgery. Given Jasper’s heart murmur, Dr. Memon took precautions and administered a special anesthetics so as not to accelerate Jasper’s heart beats. He also asked his colleague, Dr. Batthi, to be present and to monitor Jasper in case a prompt intervention was needed.

Dr. Memon extracted all the infected teeth (Jasper is left with a molar and the canines) with extreme caution since the misaligned lower jaw presented a high risk of fractures. The surgery went superbly well and Jasper immediately went to his food dish as soon as he came home. He did not show any sign of discomfort. This morning he was running happily throughout the house and his jaw alignment has actually improved.

This surgery, requiring particular specialized skills, was performed free of charge in support of the rescue work by ORA, the Organization for the Rescue of Animals, and specifically to help our Jasper. This is an amazingly generous act considering that the regular price for a similar surgery is over $1,000. Dr. Memon and Dr. Batthi are very knowledgeable veterinarians with many years of experience and a compelling background of achievements, they are also very compassionate and they have done a large amount of volunteer work in their country of origin and in Canada. They practice very high ethical standards, and we are impressed by their kindness and professionalism.

Claudia Vecchio
Volunteer Chairperson
ORA-Organization for the Rescue of Animals

West Lorne Animal Hospital is a state of the art facility set up to respond to all kind of situations and emergencies.

Lorne Park Animal Hospital is located at
1107 Lorne Park Road, #16
Mississauga, ON L5H 3A1

Tel: 905-990-VETS (8387)

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