Zander is a very lively, 6-year-old, Boston Terrier. We first met Zander after he had been in an altercation with another dog. He had severe bite wounds on his chest and neck. He was in a lot of pain. Radiographs showed that his wounds were mostly superficial and thankfully, did not penetrate into his chest. When a dog bites, there is often more damage below the skin than you can see from the outside and damage to the subcutaneous area. If this is left untreated, an anaerobic infection from the bite will fester under the skin causing an abscess which can lead to sepsis (infection leading to organ damage in the body). We immediately gave Zander pain medicine to help control his severe pain and started him on antibiotics. Once he was stable, we were able to sedate him to debride and flush the wounds and surgically place drains to help clear the infection. His drains were left in for several days while he was on the antibiotics to allow the infection to clear. Zander was a real trooper through all of his many visits to the vet. We are glad to report he made a full recovery and that is why he is being highlighted as our canine Pet of the Month!
Stinker is a 16-year-old kitty who first came to AHS a couple months ago as a second opinion on an ear issue. Her left ear proved to be infected with significant odor. On further examination, we discovered an ulcerative mass originating deep within the ear canal and growing outward toward her ear canal opening. The infection was almost surely due to the mass which caused debris to build up. The odor and sensitivity followed. Stinker’s age caused concern for her owner as anesthesia would be required to deal with the problem. We performed a full blood panel and several heart tests on Stinker. All indicated that she was in good health and was a good candidate for surgery. The surgical approach to the mass was difficult due to the location deep inside the ear canal. A total ear canal ablation was considered, but the owner decided this procedure was more aggressive than the owner wanted to put Stinker through. Once sedated, we were able to better assess the mass and clean the ear. Normal surgical instruments would not work due to the lack of access to the area. With the use of our electrocautery, video otoscope and carbon dioxide laser we were able to remove the mass and maintain a normal ear canal. Stinker smelled much better when she went home and, with the owner providing flushing at home, the ear has healed very well. The tumor proved to be a slow-growing carcinoma and likely will recur at some point, but Stinker’s owner was very happy we were able to restore his quality of life. Because of her remarkable response to this surgical procedure, Stinker is AHS’s feline pet of the month.
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