deserves to be patient of the year and not patient of the month
for all that she has been through and she is truly a remarkable
and very brave little dog. She was involved in a serious road
traffic accident on Easter Sunday and brought straight to the
surgery by her owners.
When Chloe first came in she was in severe shock; her gums
were white and she had very poor circulation. She was also
in extreme pain and had some serious injuries. She was immediately
given intravenous fluids and strong pain relief. Over the
next few hours, with intensive care, she made a slow and gradual
The following day Chloe was brighter and her colour had improved.
She was unable to stand up and had extensive bruising. We
were able to take a conscious x-ray which showed that her
pelvis had been shattered into several pieces. What was of
more concern was the fact that she had not urinated all day
despite intravenous fluids. Further contrast study x-rays
of her bladder were taken which showed us that it had ruptured.
It was now touch and go as to whether Chloe would make it.
The owners were informed and they made a decision to go to
After two and a half hours of some very fiddly suturing,
Chloes bladder and urethra were put back together again.
Chloe was still in intensive care and receiving the strongest
She was more settled the following day, had eaten well, but
more importantly she was also urinating well!!
This now left the problem of her pelvis and how to repair
it. A decision was made to put a plate and screws into it
to hold it all in the correct place. The special equipment
was ordered in and surgery was scheduled for two days later.
In the mean time however she had become quite anaemic. It
was felt that she would need a blood transfusion to help her
through her anaesthetic and surgery. The necessary arrangements
were made Ben a Golden Retriever came in
to donate his blood and Chloe was given the transfusion. Just
to add insult to injury an hour into the transfusion Chloe
had a reaction to the blood and the transfusion had to be
Two days later and after five hours of extremely difficult
surgery Chloes pelvis was repaired. She recovered from
the surgery well but was still in a lot of pain so Morphine
was administered for several days after the surgery.
From here on in Chloe has continued to improve. After a few
days she was standing up and taking a few steps and she has
never looked back. She had additional problems along the way
such as diarrhoea and a very nasty wound, which is still being
Chloe is at home now and just coming into the surgery for
daily dressing changes. It has taken us four weeks to get
her this far but it has been well worth it!
She really is a remarkable dog!!
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