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Gunturians have more than 5,000 pet dogs

10-15 per cent growth in small animal population, says official

Broken femur bone fixed for a two-month-old Lhasa Apso pup

GUNTUR: Innovative treatment procedures, unique surgeries on human beings are commonplace these days with the advancing technology and medical know-how, but Kothapeta District Animal Husbandry hospital had been performing at least 5 surgeries a week on different animals - both small and large.

Guntur city has a pet dogs population of 5,000 to 6,000, about 200 to 300 cats, and all of them at some time or other land in this hospital for some treatment or other. Also there is a 10 to 15 per cent growth in small animal population according to Assistant Director Animal Husbandry O. Narasimha Rao. Explaining about a recent surgical procedure done on a two-month-old Lhasa Apso pup, told The Hindu that an external fixation was used.

The femur bone (at thigh) was broken in an accident, which the veterinary doctors - Y. Kaspa Reddy and Ch. Srinivasa Rao first tried to set right using intra-medullar pinning, but that procedure was deferred as it was prone to loosening of the pin leading to improper setting of bone. An external fixation was used for the purpose. A Shanz pin and a proximal pin were inserted into the bone and clamped from outside connecting both the pins to restrict their movement even if the dog moved its legs. The pup is back on its feet now.

The doctors at district hospital with minimal infrastructure facilities were taking up complicated cases also, said Kaspa Reddy. All the veterinary doctors have only one large room to share for out patient clinics and surgery theatre.