More Beer on holiday !
Well I just had to say that, maybe someone searching the internet seeking a boozy vacation will find it & decide to visit our shelter, hopefully sober though.
More = Dr in the Thai language and the regular veterinarian I see on a Monday at Purpoon Clinic is Dr Beer. This week she is on holiday, she does work very hard & always seems to be at the clinic.
Today Dr Artron was the vet most luck/drew the short straw or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The vet recommended we should leave it another 7 days to make it a month of R & R at the shelter before sending her home.
After all, she has undergone a big operation to screw her pelvic to her spine. Not being so young and indeed being slightly plump from so much ‘love’, she is still not strong enough to be trusted to take it easy at home.
Poor girl is behaving quite home sick, she is a very affectionate little thing, I am sure she misses her family a great deal.
Last week, it was found that she was limping on both back legs due to a condition known as ‘ luxating patella’. This photo was taken of her relaxing at the shelter during the Chiang Mai International School visit last Friday.
Today she will undergo surgery to have one patella (knee cap) remodelled (a deeper groove put in the rear face of it) and then following an appropriate amount of recovery, she will have the other knee cap refined and improved.
It does look horrific and she spends a lot of time licking the wounds but the reason for the visit today was to assess if there was anything else we could do for her or indeed was she suffering from her condition.
After a good examination and a long discussion, it was agreed that she is not in pain, she is eating well, even looking ‘portly’ and her energy is typical of a dog her age. After all she still trots around and even enjoys a good debate & ensuing argument about a particular spot in the shade or maybe a tasty morsel still remaining in a food bowl.
She is not giving up yet & nor are we.
Next up for examination was Thong Sua, a dog that had come to the shelter during this last week, with a massive open wound on his front left leg, almost looking as if it had been half chewed by a ravaging wild animal. Talking of wild animals, Kh Tay the veterinarian assistant, was happy to help out today, despite the injured hand she sustained last week from Magnum, no broken bones, just badly punctured.
Initially Care for Dogs considered that Thong Sua might have TvT but today Dr Artron diagnosed that the injury we see now, is the after effect of maggots eating the area of rotting & dying flesh and the original injury was probably a road accident.
Dr Artron removed some stubborn little maggots (seen in the tray on the right of the photo) with the aid of torch & tweezers and after a thorough clean, Thong Sua was bandaged up and prescribed some medication to help him heal his wounds.
Last but by no means least, little Jo Jo made it onto the table and let the vet take a look at her plaster cast. She had been found wandering helplessly and in obvious pain at a temple in Chiang Mai and then rushed to a local vet for treatment. But that’s all we know. How she sustained the fractured leg, how long she had limped around with no help, we will never know.
Weighing heavier than her own body weight, the bandaging, the cotton padding and the ridged plastic cast, must have been a terrific burden to her, these last 3 weeks.
The xray showed that her young bones had knitted together & calcified albeit slightly misshaped and the cast could be removed.
Immediately she put her weight on the leg and was relieved to be able to move about freely.
Today’s trip is a fairly simple one to describe and quite light and refreshing to have experienced. My shirt was covered in Sheena’s blood but that didn’t matter, we cuddled and got chatting, I think you could agree, she has a lovely smile 🙂 Here are a couple of photo’s taken a while ago.
Category: Vet Trips
Tagged as: broken bone, clinic, help, lymphoma, maggots, purpoon clinic, road accident, Sheena, surgery, temple, TvT