Vet Diary - Bran's Post-op Complications
On arrival at the kennels, it was immediately clear to our Animal Welfare Supervisor that the stunning young lurcher we now call Bran was in need of urgent veterinary attention. He was clearly lame on his back right leg, and the muscles had wasted. She took Bran straight to the charity's vet who, on closer examination, noticed a small scab on the skin which, once removed, revealed the end of a piece of surgical wire!! Further investigation was required and as the charity does not have the necessary x-ray equipment, we put out an urgent appeal through our veterinary contacts, to get the help Bran needed.
Our vet nurse, who works part-time for Sheriff's Highway vets in Gateshead, contacted their orthopaedic vet Graeme Armstrong, who kindy agreed to x-ray Bran's leg at NO cost to the charity! They used their state of the art equipment to produce a digital image, pictured above, and the problem became immediately obvious to Graeme. The x-ray showed a previous injury, known as tibial crest avulsion, which had been surgically repaired using a pin and wire. Whilst Bran was anaesthetised, Graeme was able to remove the pin and wire as they were now part of the problem rather than the solution. Stray Aid is extremely grateful for the help and advice freely given by Graeme and the staff at Sheriff's Highway Veterinary Group. Bran is currently doing well in Stray Aid's Animal Welfare Centre, on strong antibiotics and pain relief, being cared for by the charity's veterinary team. Any donations towards the cost of his on-going treatment as we try to clear the deep-seated infection from his bone, and save his leg, are of course always appreciated!