Fritz is a sweet 4 year old male neutered indoor/outdoor cat who presented to us with extensive wounds on both of his hocks (ankles) of unknown cause (bite wound vs barbwire vs other trauma). He was sedated and given a general anesthetic to better evaluate the wounds. He had a small degloving injury on his left lateral hock (skin and superficial soft tissue had been removed. He also had an extensive wound over his R medial hock with a large amount of devitalized tissue over an exposed joint with leaking joint fluid. The wounds were clipped and cleaned and flushed extensively.
The wound on the L Hock was treated by placing a bed of granulated sugar over the wound and then placing a soft padded bandage over the sugar. The sugar creates an increased osmolarity which inhibits bacterial growth, naturally removes dead tissue (debrides) and allows for a non painful bandage change. This bandage was changed daily and then every other day until the wound had healed in about 10 -14 days.
The extensive wound over the right medial hock was surgically debrided into two wounds one proximal and one distal and the joint flushed extensively with saline. A 1/4" penrose drain was placed to exit below the wounds and secured with sutures. The drain will allow further d/c and infection to exit the area. The two defects were then closed with sutures and a soft padded non adherent bandage was placed which was changed daily to assess for discharge and skin viability and then every other day until healed. The drain was removed after 5 days when there was little active discharge remaining.
Fritz was placed on 2 different antibiotics due to the severity of the injury and the obvious infection into the joint. He also was sent home with pain medication for several days.
Both wounds healed very nicely, and we are happy to report that Fritz has made a full recovery.
Maizy is a very sweet black lab cross who was found by a good Samaritan in Shorthills Provincial Park, entangled in some wire fencing. She was very weak, cold, dehydrated, emaciated and unable to walk. He was able to free her and bring her straight to Welland Animal Hospital for treatment. She was immediately started on IV fluids and rewarming and her wounds were clipped, cleaned and bandaged. Her demeanor and energy improved over the next few days in hospital and her appetite was excellent.
Her bloodwork revealed a moderate anemia likely secondary to starvation and intestinal parasites. Her wounds required daily bandage changes and she was transferred to a foster care home for continued treatment, socialization and training. She did not have a collar or microchip and as yet, no owner has been found. She is a dog with an absolutely sweet disposition given all that she has been through. She is great with other dogs, her housetraining is doing very well and her wounds and weight are improving daily. She should be ready for adoption in the near future. She is an absolute testament to the nature of a great dog - courageous, loving, trusting, and only looking towards the future - never dwelling on the past. Here are a few great pictures of The Amazing Maizy - we are going to miss her when she eventually joins her new fur-ever home. Thanks to all her wellwishers!
“Seamus” is a usually very energetic, happy 1 year old soft coated wheaten terrier. He presented to Welland Animal Hospital several weeks ago with a history of lethargy, poor appetite and persistent vomiting. He was very quiet on presentation, mildly dehydrated, and had a tense and uncomfortable abdomen on palpation. He had been noted to have chewed some carpet a few days previously. He was admitted to the hospital for abdominal radiographs which revealed a large multi-focal density in the stomach as well as the small intestine. Since Seamus had not eaten in the last 24 hours and had been profusely vomiting we would expect his stomach to be empty. However, his stomach was full suggesting that a foreign body (likely carpet) was present and was lodged in the stomach and potentially the small intestine. A linear foreign body arises when linear material (carpet strands, rope, thread, ribbon, plastic, cloth, sacks, cassette tapes..) is anchored in one spot while the intestine attempts to move the material towards the anus with normal peristaltic muscular contractions. Because the material is stuck and immovable (usually in pylorus of stomach-narrow exit to small intestine, or under the tongue in cats with string) the constant movement of the intestine will result in the bunching of the intestine and a partial or complete intestinal obstruction. Continued peristalsis will cause the foreign material to become taut and eventually to cut into the intestine at the mesenteric border causing leakage at multiple sites and a life threatening infection (peritonitis). Multiple perforations of bowel are associated with high levels of mortality.
An exploratory abdominal surgery was recommended and Seamus was admitted to the hospital immediately, started on IV fluids, antibiotics and stomach protectants. A routine ventral abdominal exploratory revealed a large distended stomach and a linear foreign body extending from the stomach to the proximal -mid jejunum (small intestine). The foreign material carpet was removed through an incision in the stomach (gastrotomy)- see below