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Nor'West News: April 17, 2018

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4 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at News NOR’WEST NEWS McMaster & Heap Veterinary practice A week of orthopedics pAtients Last week was a busy orthopedic week at the clinic. I love an orthopedic challenge and as a young veterinarian I would have loved to have studied and specialized in orthopedic surgery. Steve and I went to the UK early on in our careers and Steve studied Ophthalmology. I didn’t think seriously about doing a surgical residency back then as Steve and I were desperate to get home to our two dogs, Chief and Tobias. Thinking back it would have been valuable for our Practice, considering how fast we have grown and how many surgical cases we see. I know my limitations and often we need to refer these cases to orthopedic specialists for the best outcome, as long as our client can financially afford this option. First up was Pluto, an adorable 5 month old grey tabby who suddenly came home lame on his right hind leg. No injuries, bruising or swellings were noted, although his stifle felt odd. Pluto was given an anti inflammatory injection and sent home on room rest. He returned a few days later having shown no improvement so I radiographed his pelvis and right hind leg. What I saw took me by surprise. Pluto had completely fractured his patella (knee cap) in half! I tried to splint the leg but cheeky little Pluto got that off in no time. He was cage rested for 1 week and then rexrayed. As you can see the gap has widened between the patella fragments. Currently Im seeking Pluto Baghera advice from a referral surgeon as to what is the best approach for little Pluto. Baxter is the cutest, calmest 6 month old Beagle who presented to me initially 4 weeks ago just sore and stiff in his hindquarters. He had leapt out of the car and yelped and cowered, as if he had Open 7 days Cnr Hoon Hay & Coppell place phone 338 2534, Fax 339 8624 e. pain somewhere. On examination his left hind leg had limited movement. Baxter was otherwise well, had been fed a premium puppy kibble but I was slightly worried that Baxter may have a degree of hip dysplasia. When Baxter was neutered I xrayed his hips. I noticed a left sided femoral neck stress fracture. We have strictly rested Baxter and the rexray taken one month later showed the fracture was slowly healing. Luckily this will come right with time, premium nutrition Baxter and taking it easy on the exercise front. Baghera, a 6 year old black DSH, was bought in by the SPCA one weekend after being found on the road, unable to move. Luckily he was microchipped so we found his very worried owner that day. He came in very cold, in shock and not able to stand at all. We immediately placed Baghera on intravenous fluid, warmed him up with hotties and a heating pad, administered pain relief and xrayed his hindquarters. He had suffered 2 pelvic fractures – an acetabular fracture to the left hip and a sacroiliac fracture to the right side. Both these prevented him from standing, therefore he couldn’t use his litter tray. He was hospitalized for a few days to make sure he had bladder function and to stabilize his condition. All the surgical options were discussed ( one being referral) with his loving owner and it was decided that we do surgery at the clinic, performed by Dr Steve Heap. So far Baghera is home, mobilizing, tioleting and doing well. Thank goodness for microchips! As you can see we often need to consult the specialists for the best option and outcome for our patients. We have digital xray so can easily email the images to the referral veterinarian and we will often get a report back in a few days. Steve and I are in the early stages of building a large new addition that will join our existing Practice ( we are just waiting for council consents). We are very excited as this will allow us to offer more services to our clients and to employ more vets with specialized skills in particular areas, and a specialized soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon will be on that list. Dr Michele McMaster McMaster & Heap MCDONALD’S IS planning to open a restaurant on Marshland Rd near Prestons Rd. It has applied to the city council to convert the former Raeward Fresh site at 410 Marshland Rd into a restaurant with a drive-through. It is one of three restaurants McDonald’s wants to set up in Christchurch. Others include one on Woolston’s Ferry Rd and one on Yaldhurst Rd. It comes after parents, schools and NEW: McDonald’s is considering opening a restaurant on Marshland Rd at the site of the former Raeward Fresh. McDonald’s for Marshland Rd? doctors pleaded with the city council in 2016 to introduce a bylaw to stop fast food outlets opening close to schools. The restaurant would also feature a Mc- Cafe and a playland area for children. 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NOR’WEST NEWS Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday April 17 2018 5 Work to bring Papanui Bush back to life starts next week •From page 1 During this time, most trees were felled over a period of five to six years. The project will be split into two phases with two planting areas at the north and south ends of the reserve. The city council has offered $11,000 for the first phase of the project. At its meeting on Friday, the board approved $7000 for another planting day on June 5. Deputy chairwoman Emma Norrish said this would come from its discretionary response fund. Once complete, it will make the reserve the second native bush in the city, along with Riccarton Bush. The trees may be sourced from Trees for Canterbury and the Wai-ora Trust, and may include totara and kowhai. City council ecologist Antony Shadbolt said some parts of the reserve are suitable for smaller areas of native forest planting. “While these areas pale in comparison with the original Papanui Bush, they nevertheless provide significant sections of native forest within the urban area, and function as part of a LAND: John Stringer and his dog Holly at Bridgestone Reserve on Langdons Rd where native planting is expected to begin next week. PHOTO: LAURIE THIEDE much wider bush network across both the city and the Canterbury Plains,” Dr Shadbolt said. “The new plantings will play an important role in improving the ecological functionality of the city, assist in the return of bush birds, and provide a unique opportunity for the community to be involved in the creation of a much treasured natural environment.” COMMUNITY GROUPS will be able to use rooms in Avebury House in Richmond for free this winter – in exchange for a hug. The initiative is part of the Avebury House Community Trust’s new three-year plan to reestablish itself as a community development organisation and social enterprise. “Avebury House knows how tight budgets are for community organisations, so we are offering meeting spaces for free to reduce a little bit of financial stress,” said community trust social enterprise manager Michelle Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Richmond’s Avebury House offers meeting space for hugs Whitaker. Special conditions apply, including hugs being “expected, but not mandatory.” The plan will be carried out over three months, starting next month and ending in July, she said. “It is also a way to support the well-being of staff and volunteers in the midst of winter. ‘A change is as good as a holiday’ from your desk to a tranquil, beautiful heritage house nestled in nature, and hugs are proven to be good for well-being too.” The rooms will be available in a first-in, first-served basis. Beautiful Teeth Meet the Owner Ryan Carlton Natural Smile Free Consultation, No Obligation • Full Dentures • Dentures Repaired • Implant Assisted Dentures • Injection Moulded Flexible Partials • Relines • Mouthguards • Additions/Repairs • Purchase cleaning and care products from our website. All dentures personally designed and created to ensure a comfortable natural fit. DENTURES PLUS (2014) LTD Denture Clinic and Laboratory 396 Innes Road, St Albans. Phone 385 5517. Email: it’s time to gear up! toboggans now in stock Orbiter Bus stops Innes Road OPEN 7 DAYS DRESSMART HORNBY, MAIN SOUTH RD | PH 03 344 5304