Emergency & Critical Care

Emergency & Critical Care

Meet Wilbur; he presented to us first thing in the morning after he was hit by a car. Upon his arrival, our first assessment determined he was in shock and his breathing was laboured.

Our priority was to stabilise him, and then once we were satisfied he was stable, we were able to perform diagnostic imaging including Radiographs & Ultrasound.

Wilbur sustained some very serious injuries including 3 fractured ribs, Pneumothorax (a collapsed lung, which occurs when air leaks into the space between your lung and chest wall), Haemothorax (a collection of blood in the pleural space) and Brachial Plexus injury due to the trauma.

Wilbur stayed in our hospital to receive the necessary care. After 72 hours of intense treatment, monitoring and close observation, our vet was happy that he could go home with supportive medication and a home care plan.

Wilbur needed lots of rest and controlled exercise to ensure his smooth recovery; and once we were content with the healing of his injuries, we were able to add physiotherapy to Wilbur’s rehabilitation programme.

We are glad to report Wilbur is doing very well today.

Even if your dog/cat appears to be fine and there are no outward signs of injury, internal bleeding or ruptured organs; bruised/punctured lungs and broken bones can cause problems that aren’t always obvious first-off.

Animals often will go into shock. We can stabilise this using intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy and medications, including pain killers. Another immediate risk is swelling of the brain due to head trauma – this is easier to treat if caught early.

  • Date: January 24, 2017
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