It’s now 2 weeks since the bushfires ravaged our local community..
During this time we have been run off our feet treating the many animal victims of the inferno.
We estimate to have treated over 250 patients (mainly domestic pets) as well as horses and livestock during these past 14 days.
At any one time over 70 cats and dogs are under our daily care whether it be here at our clinic in Whittlesea, at our clinic at South Morang or boarding at local boarding kennels.
Those still needing intensive daily treatment remain hospitalised at our Whittlesea and South Morang clinics.
Burns injuries are painful and require daily medications and bandage changes. Some of the patients will need to undergo surgery to perform skin grafts in order for the burned areas to heal.
Others will need their toes amputated because the burns are so severe.
Our commitment to these patients will remain ongoing and all patients receive the same level of care and dedication whether they are owned or unowned.
As you can imagine, the financial cost in providing this care has been enormous. The cost per patient varies from anywhere from a few hundred dollars (less severe cases) to a few thousand dollars for those requiring intensive care treatment and surgery.
We estimate overall treatment costs at this point in time to exceed well over $150,000 including lost earnings.
As you can see, without the generous support of the public, through donations of money, time and supplies, this would not be possible for a normal clinic to sustain.