Bicky is a 4 year old Lurcher who came to see us after a very serious stick injury.
Bicky was out on a walk when he ran into a stick that pierced his skin and entered his chest cavity. He was admitted to the hospital for a full examination and treatment.
On further investigation we discovered that the stick was still in his chest! Bicky’s breathing became increasingly laboured, causing concern. We took x-rays which showed the stick was allowing air to leak into the space surrounding the lungs (an open pneumothorax). This stops the lungs from being able to expand properly, which is why Bicky was struggling to breathe. This type of injury is life threatening and we had to act quickly.
We performed a ‘thoracocentesis’ which is a procedure that drains the air from the chest. A drain was left in place to prevent further air or fluid from building up in the chest cavity. This dramatically improved Bicky’s breathing and he was no longer critical. The stick was surgically removed and Bicky was closely monitored by our nurses.