Vet Diary - A Pain In The Neck!
Some of the issues we see here at the Animal Welfare Centre take more than just veterinary skill to put right. I need to warn you that some of the images are quite graphic, but the best way to understand the work that we do and the problems we have to deal with.
When this Rottweiler was brought to the centre, the smell alone alerted us to the fact there was a serious problem. A piece of blue rope appeared to be tightly wrapped round his neck but he was not prepared to let anyone near it for a check-up. He must have been in so much pain.
Under anaesthetic, the extent of the horror was revealed. The blue rope was attached to a metal chain lead, which had been clipped round his neck as a make-shift collar. This was far too tight, but once on it would have been impossible to undo. The dog must have been left like that for many days, because the chain had dug into the flesh and a severe infection had set in.
First things first, the chain had to be removed. Our centre manager used a grinding wheel, plus a lot of patience and great care, to cut through the thick metal chain. The sparks were quite literally flying.
We all heaved a sigh of relief when the chain came off, and went about the business of fixing the dog. The dead and infected tissue had to be removed, creating a fresh wound, which we were then able to stitch. When he woke up he was certainly much happier! It was a few weeks before we were able to put a lead on him but he thoroughly enjoyed his walks on the harness.
Thankfully he made a full recovery and was subsequently rehomed. We are often surprised by the sights we see here at Stray Aid. If you would like to support the vital work we do, please visit the Support Us page on our website, www.strayaid.org.uk