INFORMATION ABOUT MRI JUMPERS FOR THE AHT


Many kind people are offering to knit squares for MRI jumpers. The Animal Health Trust (AHT) uses these jumpers to help keep cats and dogs warm when they are under anaesthetic and in the MRI scanner, as they can get very cold. Most heating devices, like hot air blankets, can’t be used as they can’t be taken into the MRI room, which contains a very strong magnetic field.


By using these knitted jumpers, we are able to keep animals warm during their MRI scan, which helps to avoid many of the problems that can be experienced when patients get cold, like slow recoveries from anaesthesia, increased risk of infection, and heart problems.


Many of the AHT’s patients that require an MRI scan are scanned for back problems, and many patients with back problems have long backs – especially Dachshunds. We have quite a good supply of jumpers for small dogs with short backs, and for cats, but we need more for long-backed dogs, and especially for larger dogs.


We have asked that people either send us squares (made by casting on 24 stitches on 4 mm needles and knitting a square) which can be made into jumpers as and when stocks run low or, for the more skilled knitters out there, we would welcome people to stich the squares together into jumpers if they wish to do so.


MAKING A COMPLETE DOG JUMPER


On the following page are instructions for making the squares into a dog jumper. Please bear in mind that this is only a guide, and is only one way of doing it. Different designs and sizes are very welcome, and if you have a better way of doing it, please do so!


These jumpers are for practical use only. They do not need to be pretty, so feel free to use up any yarn that you have, and don’t worry if the colours don’t go together. Our patients really won’t mind!


Sometimes owners see their pets in these jumpers and want to buy one to take home. At the moment we have to say no to this, as we have a limited number of jumpers and need the jumpers we have for our patients. However, if you want to do pretty ones that can be sold and raise some money for the Animal Health Trust, and we have enough surplus jumpers, we will look into selling them. Please let us know if you’d be willing for your donated jumpers to be sold. Otherwise they will be kept strictly for our patients.


These jumpers will be washed and dried often, so please use yarn that can cope with that.


Thank you in advance. Your interest is most appreciated and our patients will really benefit from your kindness.


TEMPLATE FOR AN MRI JUMPER


www.aht.org.uk/skins/Default/pdfs/MRI_Jumpers.pdf


• 17 x squares, knitted or crocheted, approximately 11 cm square, or cast on 24 stitches, using 4 mm needles, and knit a square.

• 2 x L shaped squares, basically an 11 cm square with a quarter missing.


Stitch them together like this:


• The squares for the neck look bigger, but they’re the same size; they’re just stretched as they’re stitched together, so that the jumper is smaller at the neck.

• The two L shaped ones are placed together as shown. Stitch all the squares together. Do not stitch along the dotted line.

• Finally stitch Side A and Side B together and you’re finished.

• You could also do a design with an extra four squares at the bottom, for dogs with extra-long backs.


Now, to get your knitting to us you can do so by post.


You can print off the below address, and fill in the contact form, to save you time:


Kathy Challis,

Animal Health Trust,

Lanwades Park,

Kentford,

Suffolk,

CB8 7UU 


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