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Pet Of The Month – August

8 August 2016

Ailsa is a 3 year old Labrador who was hit by a car in May.

When she first arrived here she was very painful and in shock. We suspected that she had fractured her right front leg, and our initial plan was to monitor her and give pain relief overnight before sedating her for x-rays the following day. Unfortunately Ailsa became unstable and urgently needed to be anaesthetised for chest x-rays.  This showed a pneumothorax, which is an abnormal collection of air between the lung and the body wall. This is very painful and makes breathing difficult. The pneumothorax was drained.

X-rays of Ailsa’s leg showed that she had a spiral comminuted fracture of her right front leg. This means that there were multiple small fragments that were no longer correctly aligned. She also had multiple small skin wounds.

The supracondylar fracture before repair

The supracondylar fracture before repair

 

Two days later, once Ailsa was stable, Vet Nazim performed surgery to stabilise the fracture. A long pin was placed through the centre of the bone (intramedullary pin) and an external fixator was built.  This involved drilling bolts into the bone, which were then attached to an external frame to hold the fragments in position.

Post surgical repair, showing the bone pin and external fixator

Post surgical repair, showing the bone pin and external fixator

Ailsa recovered well from her surgery, and coped well with the external fixator. The pin and frame were removed a few weeks later.  Ailsa has been a model patient, and despite everything she has been through she has developed a great fondness for Naz!

Ailsa and Naz