his treatment is still on going Freddie deserves to be Patient
of the Month for all that he has been through.
Freddies story started in mid July. He was brought
into the surgery after having been involved in a road traffic
accident he had been hit by a 4 x 4!
He was in a tremendous amount of pain and was showing signs
of shock. It was apparent that he had damage to his hind quarters
he was unable to stand and had diminished reflexes
and nerve function.
The first thing we did was give him warmed intravenous fluids
for the shock and administer pain killers. When animals are
in the degree of pain that Freddie was in we give a combination
of drugs administered intravenously via an automatic syringe
pump this ensures a continual dose of the drugs and
keeps pain to a minimum.
When Freddie was stable we x-rayed him. These revealed the
true extent of his injuries he had numerous fractures
to both sides of his pelvis which would require surgical repair.
Surgery was planned. We ordered the appropriate implants.
Freddies general anaesthetic and operation lasted nearly
eight hours and his fractured pelvis was painstakingly put
back together again. Although there were complications during
the anaesthetic he coped reasonably well with them.
His recovery was deliberately kept slow we still had
him on the intravenous painkillers and a sedative so that
he was not able to try and do much. For the first few days
Freddie was closely monitored and kept as comfortable as possible.
We catheterised his bladder so that he would not soil himself,
prevented pressure sores developing, managed his wounds, kept
his medications going and provided him with lots of TLC.
A few days after surgery - and the real hard work began.
We had to teach Freddie to get up and walk again. We enlisted
the help of a chartered physiotherapist who came in and assessed
him and created an exercise regime in order to get Freddies
hind legs working again. This involved lots of passive manipulations,
stretching, flexing and massages. We had a TENS machine. Used
three or four times a day this sends a tiny electrical current
through the muscles which makes them contract. This aids the
muscles in regaining some strength. Eventually we got Freddie
up with the aid of a towel and he started to take a few steps
and move his legs better.