By Ishani Chakrabarti
This one’s for all the animal lovers and of course the pet owners out there (read: everyone).
Yes, but these pictures are followed by an urgent appeal we all must pay a heed to.
Animal lovers are being urged to donate baby socks to the Blue Cross hospitals in Merton, south-west London, Hammersmith, West London and Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
Anesthesia is an exceptionally delicate time for creatures since they effortlessly can become distinctly hypothermic, putting them at danger of contamination and deferring their recovery.
Pet owners, please take note. During treatment, animals tend to lose a lot of body heat through their paws, especially when under anesthesia.
It’s different for humans as we shiver in order to keep warms, but under anesthesia, animals are not able to that. In addition to that, their brain loses its ability to settle at the point which keeps the temperature normal. Their less metabolic activity also leads to decrease in body temperature.
Research supports the same and shows that hypothermia is a complicated medical condition in cats and dogs. Out of an anaesthetized 1525 dogs, 86% represented this condition while in case of humans it ranged from 30-60.
But research also suggests remedies which include provision of an air-circulating blanket and draping the patient which can keep it warm during anesthesia. It is also a good idea to use electric blankets, hot water bottles and IV saline solution to regulate their body temperature.
Blue Cross has been facing the same problem since quite some time. For this very reason, Blue Cross has come up with this innovative solution of providing their little patients with miniature socks. It’s a lot more than cute. It helps in the insulation of heat, thus keeping the tiny warm( so wa-aaww-rm).
The pioneer of this meow-velous idea? Carol May, an animal lover who’s taken the responsibility to keep their paws warm(in her hands, literally). She takes time to knit socks in a bulk for them to keep them warm.
This ardent dog lover has two Yorkshire Terriers called Benny and Buddy to herself. She believes that knitting the socks has kept her occupied since she lost her husband to terminal cancer in 2016.
This is her way of thanking the little ones for gracing her life with their presence. What’s yours?