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This Month at Vetrica

10 December 2004

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This page contains the latest news from Vetrica and Vetrica OnLine. It updates at least monthly, and will also keep you up to date with the latest news about animal care and welfare.

An archive of previous months articles is also available.

Happy Birthday!

As you may have noticed there was no "This Month at Vetrica" last month. My apologies...but my new baby daughter, Katie, was born, quite unexpectedly by emergency caesarian section at the end of October, round about the time I would have started to write it. As a (very) small business, without a large team of web developers something had to give. Hopefully this month's articles will be worth the wait...

Vetrica is now exactly 3 years old. We opened for business on 10 December 2001. Over that time we have grown into a well established company with a secure future. We look forward to serving your needs for many years to come. We are now in a position to announce a major investment in a new kennel facility that will increase our capacity substantially, and hopefully be more comfortable for our in-patients. Full details will appear here when the building work is completed. We couldn't be doing this without the support of everyone that visits Vetrica. Thank you.

Ostrich Twister.

Regular visitors to Vetrica may know that we have a new kind of dog treat. The Ostrich Twister is made from, well, Ostrich tendons. They look a lot like a raw-hide chew, but instead of forming a horrible slimy mess as the dog chews it, they impart a natural flossing effect on the teeth. There's no mess, and most dogs absolutely love them. They are priced at £1.94 each, or buy 3 for the price of 2.

This Month's Interesting Case

Molly is a young samoyed dog. She was hit by a car one morning, arriving at Vetrica a few minutes later in a very distressed state. Initial examination revealed few external injuries, no difficulty breathing, and very little blood loss. However, she was unable to stand, and it was clear that she had a serious injury to her hip or pelvis. We treated her for shock, and gave pain relief. When she had settled somewhat, we x-rayed her hind quarters.

X-ray picture of Molly's fractured pelvis.
Molly's fractured pelvis is easily seen in this x-ray picture. The X marks the location of the two halves of the fracture of the ileum. Surgery was required to bring these parts back together.

The x-ray revealed a fractured pelvis, strictly speaking, several pelvic fractures. The pelvis is divided into many different parts. In Molly there are fractures to the shaft of the ileum, pubis and ischium (although not all these are very easily seen on this particular x-ray). The pelvis almost always breaks in at least 2 areas due to its rigid box-like construction, and this pattern of fracturing is relatively common. Fortunately, pelvic injuries will usually heal themselves if the dog is rested, and the broken pieces are relatively close together. Unfortunately for Molly, the fractured ileum was severely distracted, and would require re-aligning.

X-ray picture taken after Molly's operation.
A steel plate has been applied to Molly's pelvis, holding the fractured ileum in good alignment.

Under general anaesthetic, we re-aligned the two fragments and applied a steel plate to maintain stability. As usually happens, repairing the ileum re-aligned the other fractured parts well enough that they didn't require any further fixation. Molly made remarkable progress, and was able to stand on her hind legs the following day, if a little unsteadily. We kept her as an in-patient at the surgery for a week, by which time she could walk with reasonable confidence. She was allowed to go home for kennel rest for a further week. We'll keep you posted as to how she does, but we expect her to make a full recovery.

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