Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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Buttercup was hit by a vehicle on 11/26/13. He was stabilized at a nearby emergency center and was then referred to SLVS surgical section for repair of two severe fractures. One of the right humerus and one of the radius (two major bones of the front limb). Buttercup was very painful and fearful, which made him aggressive with the staff and difficult to work with. He received pain medications and sedation drugs so that he could be handled without causing him extra distress. He underwent 10 hours of anesthesia for the repair of the two fractures by one of SLVS’s ACVS board certified small animal surgeons, Dr. Meghan Kruse. The fractures required internal implants as well as external fixation to stabilize the fractures due to their severity. Unfortunately, having external fixation also meant he would have to come in weekly for bandage changes. This was very stressful for him and his owners due to his aggression. They would give him drugs to sedate him some for the ride to the clinic and then he would receive more medications before he was removed from his kennel to have the bandage changed. SLVS’s surgical section technician coordinator, Robyn, worked directly with Buttercup for his bandage changes since he required special care and handling. Over the weeks Buttercup developed a trust for her and she was able to get him out of his kennel without drugs and even do his bandage change without any medications. He would wag his tail and become excited when he saw her. He has even started to allow other staff members to work with him now! But he holds a special spot in Robyn’s heart. After many weeks of care at SLVS and at home his fractures have healed and his external fixation device was removed on 2/6/14. He only has a few more weeks with a splint/bandage until he is released to go back to his fun life outside the kennel with his family!