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  • 1.  Veterinary opthamology

    Posted 05-12-2022 04:38 AM
    Hello all!  Kotor Kitties has been given a unique challenge by one of our partner vets in Montenegro, and we need help making a connection to a vet school opthamology professor.  Montenegro would be considered an "under-resourced" country; Kotor Kitties is the first HQHVSN and TNR program in the country, and the first for cats in the Balkan countries.

    Our vets are doing spay-neuter surgeries with injectible anesthesia and nothing is put in the cat's eyes to prevent drying out.  Based on observations of the cats, our new contract asks that the cats be given a drop of lubricant, such as corn or vegetable oil, in each eye, as part of their prep for surgery.

    One vet took exception to the idea, and ask that we provide a written opinion from a veterinary opthamologist on a vet school faculty that this would be safe for the cats.  I've tried 3 times, unsuccessfully, to connect with the Koret School at UC Davis, but wondered if any of you has a connection who wouldn't mind doing this?

    Thanks for any connections you may have for us!

    April King
    Volunteer and Board Member
    Kotor Kitties

  • 2.  RE: Veterinary opthamology

    Posted 29 days ago
    Hi April:

    Eek! I can't imagine not putting a protective coating over a cat's eyes during surgery.  Sigh. If the ophthalmology department at UC Davis hasn't gotten back to you, I'd call the Ophthal. department at Cornell and see if you can speak to one of their residents. I don't know if Dr. Tom Kern is still with the department, but if he is, he's a real sweetie, and I'd be surprised if the people working with him didn't talk to you. A good number to start with is: (607) 253-3060.

    Lynne Swanson, DVM
    (Cornell '86 grad)

    Lynne Swanson
    Safe Harbor Farm K9