Short Takes

August 2007 Issue

Short Takes: 08/07

A new way to heal wounds; reuniting lost cats and owners; U.K. laws for pets

For some reason, this scientific report made us think of the "whoosh!" sound when a can of coffee is opened: "Use of vacuum-assisted closure for management of a large skin wound in a cat" (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association Vol. 230, No. 11). The relatively new technique pioneered in human surgery cases and tested recently by veterinary surgeons on a nine-month-old cat that was struck by a car calls for wrapping the wounded area in sterile plastic foam. Then a vacuum pump sucks out the air between the skin and the foam blanket so that the animal, essentially, was shrink-wrapped. The treatment pulls skin together until it heals (the cat needed skin grafts for its serious injury), helps keep out infection and stabilizes the body temperature.

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