Fun Project!! But there is a reason why we give very specific instructions after surgery about allowable exercise levels!!!
So we had a very nice German shorthaired pointer come in the other day. His yard buddy is in the habit of jumping the back fence and going walkabout every once in a while. Well this dog decided to tag along this time. They hopped out one evening, yard buddy comes back later that evening but our GSP is nowhere to be found, even after a diligent search by his owners.
The next morning, he comes limping, 3 legged, home with a broken femur. His regular veterinarian called and asked if we would be willing to handle the surgery for this case and, of course, we jumped at the opportunity. A 10 hole dynamic compression plate was placed using screws in 9 of the holes. Our patient actually was toe touching on that leg when he went home. The owner was instructed to keep a tight control over his activity level because this is an energetic dog and we don’t want him to disassemble the nice work we did to put him back together.
And now, for the rest of the story (with apologies to Paul Harvey!)
So not quite 2 weeks later, the owner calls the regular vet saying ‘something doesn’t look right with the leg and he doesn’t really want to walk on it all of a sudden.’ The regular vet sent them immediately down to us for evaluation. If you compare the first photo with the second photo, can you see what the dog did?
Yup, he got away from the owner’s wife once and went ripping around the back yard for a bit before she could get him corralled. In that one short little spree, he managed to bend the plate (which, trust me, is hard to do because I have to do that sometimes to get them to lie flat on the curved surface of a bone!) Luckily, he didn’t pull the screws out of the bone, nor break the plate, either one of which would have necessitated redoing the surgery, much greater expense etc. Thus we see, there really is a reason why we tell people to restrain their pets activity for a specific time period, just so we don’t have to re-do everything we’ve already done!!!
Dr. Pearson thinks he may have discovered a new species of porcupine!
It was just a normal, moderately busy day when the evidence of the new species of porcupine came in the front door. If you look at the photo carefully, you will note that there is a dog’s face and mouth hiding under all those quills! Since all the quills are in the dog, I’m pretty sure there is a bald-butted porcupine running around loose up there!!!!
This poor dog and his 2 buddies apparently ran into the porcupine. Two of the dogs got tagged once and backed off saying, in essence, ‘all yours!!!’ The third dog yelled, ‘I’m all in!!!’ and really committed! Chomp, ‘ow, that hurt, I’m going to bite you for hurting me! Ow! That hurt again, I’m going to get even with you by biting you!!! Ow!!!’ And on and on it went apparently.
We always anesthetize these animals to extract the quills. The quills have barbs on the pointy end of the quill that makes them hard (and painful) to extract. After we had place the IV catheter and given the drug used to get them asleep initially so we can intubate them and hook them up to the anesthesia machine, my poor tech was trying to figure out how to hold the mouth open without getting a quill in her finger too. I reached in with a pair of thumb forceps to get the tongue to pull it forward and had to pull it up and unpin it from the bottom of the mouth. Quills had passed through the tongue and into the gum tissues, trapping it to the bottom of the mouth. It took an hour and 40 minutes to pull all the quills out of this dogs face and mouth. Luckily, none of them penetrated the eyeball (close, but not in!).
Home in antibiotics and pain meds and he is doing well now. What a project just to discover a bald butted porcupine!!!!