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Polyclinic takes animal care to a new high

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TESTING TIME FOR CANINE: A pet being treated at the Veterinary Polyclinic in Tiruchi. PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

TIRUCHI: : With a view to creating an awareness of proper health care of animals among people, the Veterinary Polyclinic at Palakkarai here has floated `Citizen Advisory Forum' comprising members of the public. The Forum would meet periodically and work out strategies for preventing ailments.

Cattle and pet owners in this region have started patronising the facility (one among five such clinics in the State), functioning round-the-clock with all facilities, including an operation unit and an X-ray unit. Ever since the century-old Veterinary Hospital in Tiruchi was upgraded into a Polyclinic last year, about 41,000 animals were treated for various ailments, of which over 1,700 were operated on. During the past one year, the polyclinic immunised 10,456 animals against Raniket disease, administered 4,361 anti-rabies vaccines, and carried out 1,483 artificial inseminations.

`In-patients' and `out-patients'

This polyclinic has regular `in-patients and outpatients.' For instance, a cat with a minor injury or a fighting-cock with a fracture would be treated as `out-patients,' while a calf with a tumour on the neck as an `in-patient.' On an average, 180 sick animals, including 25 pets, are treated at the polyclinic on a given day by a team of veterinary surgeons.

"Many ailments have a common symptom and hence we take extra care to diagnose a particular disease. For ensuring meticulous diagnosis, we elicit as much information as we can from the cattle/pet owners, in order to ascertain the age of the animal, and feeding habits. The details in the vaccination card are also checked," said M. Suresh Kumar, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon.

"Against the backdrop of the conventional treatment procedures that the animals had undergone, we administer anti-infection, anti-biotics, anti-histamine and tetanus toxoid, depending on the ailment," said M. Nathappan, Regional Joint-Director of Animal Husbandry, Tiruchi.

Animals become prone to ailments in the event of their owners/masters failing to adhere to annual vaccination schedule. "Dogs brought here mostly suffer from complications such as `Parvo viral enteritis' with symptoms of vomiting and diarrohea; `Canine distemper' which affects nervous system and `Leptospirosis,' a communicable disease," he said.

Citing a recent instance, he said a resident of Renga Nagar had not vaccinated her 10-year-old Pomeranian dog for the past few years, and the pet ended up with the complications of `Nephritis,' a urinary disorder.

Future plans

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs.32 lakhs for setting up an `in-patient ward' and an animal disease intelligence unit this year.

A two-day camp would be held to benefit the field staff, who are prone to various infections while handling animals, from Monday, according to P. M. Ibrahim, Clinician.

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