Antibiotics and anti-inflammatories were prescribed and
initially "Meg" made excellent progress. The wound
appeared to be going well when "Meg" set us back
to square one by traumatising the area with her back leg.
It was clear that more direct action would be necessary.
Whilst "Meg's" owners were very concerned at
the prospect of their prized "old timer" going
"under the knife" I was able to reassure them
that with modern techniques and available drugs risks would
be kept to a minimum.
The fact of the matter is that, whilst there is always
some degree of risk in anaesthetising elderly patients,
with the right investment in both equipment and expertise
these risks are worth taking if the patient has a clear
benefit from the procedure. That is certainly the view I
will be taking when my own mother (not quite in Meg's age
bracket!) will be undergoing surgery next week.
"Meg" was running around as normal within a few
days of her operation and now looks quite proud of her 9
inch scar, a credit to her owners and an inspiration to
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