Once admitted and radiographed the cause
of his discomfort was all too plain to see.
A gun pellet injury had shattered his
lower limb below the knee and had become embedded in the
Surgery was required to remove the offending pellet and
restabilise the leg.
The pellet had driven a significant
amount of skin and fur deep into the wound setting off a
very marked inflammatory reaction contributing to the pain
and increasing the likelihood of a complicating infection
Once removed an external/internal fixator
was applied to the inside of the tibia to fix the bone fragments
in position until they have healed.
Fortunately, this expensive procedure
was more affordable since "Charlie" was insured;
unfortunately with all his reconstruction and medication
the limit of £500 was comfortably exceeded.
A point worth bearing in mind to all
those owners who are buying their pet "health insurance"
for Christmas this year.
Like so many other things available
to-day check to see what you're spending your money on!
If it looks unbelievably cheap there's
probably a good reason!