What We Do
The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre was founded in 2004 as a charity to provide emergency veterinary treatment and population management for the tens of thousands of dogs on the streets of Kathmandu.
As a charity, some of the problems that we at KAT see and treat on a daily basis are:
- Bite wounds, infected or infested with maggots
- Skin disease – mange (sarcoptic and demodectic)
- Road traffic collisions – broken and fractured bones, paralysis
- Viruses – rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus
- Human violence – traumas, acid wounds, blindness
- Cancer – canine transmissable venereal tumors (CTVT) and other cancers
- Starvation and undernourishment
The majority of these ailments can be treated but the prognosis varies widely depending on how quickly treatment is found for the animal.
For example, spinal damage and paralysis, although extremely serious, can be potentially reversed if appropriate steroid treatment is administered within eight hours of the initial incident. After that point the damage will be irreversible. Similarly, although the three viruses listed above are often fatal, all of them can easily be prevented with vaccinations.
In fact, fatalities can be prevented across the board by increasing awareness and ensuring that early warning signs are not ignored.