The Niles Pond Young Swan, rescued by Lyn Fonzo and Dan Harris on Friday, was taken to SeaPort Veterinary Hospital Saturday morning for a wellness checkup and because it is thought she may have contracted round worm at the shelter from where she originated. Dr. Cahill gave her a complete physical, checking on wings, feet, degree of fat on her bones, took an xray, and drew blood for a blood work up. His assistant also plucked a few feathers to send off to a lab to determine the sex of the young Mute Swan. It will take several weeks for the results of the tests, but based on Dr. Cahill’s visual assessment, she appears to be in excellent health!!
Swans can become very defensive when they feel threatened however, the Young Swan has a relatively speaking mild temperament. Lyn and Dan handled her with lots of tender care and caution and no one was bit during during transport and during the exam.
While we were at the vets, Joel Murnroe, one of Mr. Swan’s loyal caregivers and a fine carpenter, was back at Lyn’s home modifying Lyn’s chicken coop, with a larger entryway door and swan-sized rebuilt ramp.
The Young Swan has had an eventful and productive first day in captivity. With much gratitude and thanks to Lyn for taking on the tremendous responsibility of caring for a wild swan for the winter. Our hope is that the Young Swan is a she, and that she will be re-released to Niles Pond this coming spring.
1) Lyn Fonzo and Dan Harris, 2) Joel Munroe, 3) Dan Harris and the Young Swan
A few days ago we were greeted at the door by a very proud Coconut sporting her “dangling” plastic cone. God only know how she managed to wiggle it loose while we were out! After a few failed attempts, with the sad puppy eye stair down, the cone was successfully refastened around Coconuts neck for the remainder of her recommended recovery days post eye surgery, preformed by Dr. Ray Cahill at SeaPort Veterinary Hospital. Happy to report that our Coconut was finally freed from wearing the dreaded “hard plastic Cone” yesterday and tomorrow she will be off to K-9Kuts for a much need bath and day of beauty with Julie Borge!
Coconut rested peacefully after we finally decided to remove the hard plastic cone from her neck last night after several hours of whimpering caused by her frustration of being unable to get in a comfy position with it on. A friend hand delivered a soft inflatable cone after hearing about her discomfort, but that too was no go for Coconut. As long as I am within reach and or in her sight she continues to rest comfortable by the fireplace and remains uninterested in the stiches in her right lower eyelid. Coconut seems more bothered by the hair shaved on her leg during surgery then her swollen eye. Dr. Ray Cahill continues to check in and warns to keep a close eye on her if she is without the protective cone. This afternoon I fixed her favorite lunch “Grilled Basil Chicken” with the hope that the smell of it cooking on the grill, would motivate her to leave her cozy spot by the fire and draw her over to my feet in the kitchen, where she usually sits when I’m cooking. My plan worked like a charm. Coconut perked right up and enjoyed every last piece.
Thank you for the kind messages wishing Coconut a speedy recovery!
She’s a lucky pooch to be so loved by so many.
For my “Grilled Basil Chicken” click link below
This morning Coconut went in for a scheduled routine dental cleaning at SeaPort Veterinary Hospital. Just prior to her procedure, Dr. Cahill noticed a small growth on Coconuts right eyelid. He immediately recommend removal today while she was already under anesthesia for her teeth cleaning. It’s not easy turning your beloved pet over for surgery. The thought of her being sedated worried us all, but knowing she was under Dr. Ray Cahill’s incredible care we found comfort. He promised to keep an extra watchful eye because he knows how sensitive Coconut can be to medications. We knew he was keeping his promise after his sharp eye this morning detected the mass on Coconuts right eye lid during his throw per surgery exam. We are truly grateful for Dr. Cahill’s loving care he and his staff showed to Coconut and to our family today. Coconut is home resting comfortably by the fireplace and is well on the road to recovery, with pearly white teeth!
Woof…Woof…Dr. Ray Cahill Writes~We wanted to offer to help answer questions and hopefully quell concerns about the Canine Influenza Virus that has now spread to the North Shore. Here’s a primer with a link to some reliable information if you think it’s blogworthy.
SeaPort Vet Hospital
CANINE INFLUENZA HITS CAPE ANN… don’t panic :))
According to the State Veterinarian, multiple cases of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) have been confirmed in dogs on the North Shore. All cases were reportedly exposed at the same day care facility in Ipswich.
The main thing to know is that this is not an epidemic. Canine Influenza is new to our area, and there is no need for alarm. Owners whose dogs go to daycare, boarding facilities or dogs shows are already familiar with the risks of traditional kennel cough and how to help protect their dogs via vaccination. CIV (the symptoms of which mimic those of kennel cough) presents one more challenge to dog care facilities and the pets that visit them. Those facilities may already be considering whether or not to require the influenza vaccine.
The Canine Influenza Virus is highly contagious between dogs but will not transmit to people or other species. Not all dogs become sick when exposed, and serious illness from CIV is uncommon. Also, just like for most diseases, dogs that are sick, immunocompromised or very young are considered most at risk.
Reliable information about CIV can be found at:
Yesterday my son BJ and I snapped a few photos during Coconuts, annual checkup with Dr. Ray Cahill at SeaPort Veterinary Hospital located at 100 Eastern Ave, Gloucester. Dr.Cahill and his staff are wonderful. They specialize in getting to know their pet patients, just as well as the owners who care for them. Our Coconut is a pure breed Conton de Tulear. The Cottons de Tulear is a rear breed that is known to be loyal, happy, playful, affectionate, obedient, and healthy. Dr. Cahill has been treating Coconut for the past few years and is well aware of her temperament and personality. He lovely settles her nerves before he starts her exam, with his clam and gentle ways gaining Coconuts trust allowing him to give her a thorough exam at each visit.
Thank You Dr. Ray Cahill and Staff for the excellent care you give to our beloved Coconut!
For more details about Seaport Veterinary Hospital visit their website below