Golden Retriever Leo
Leo is a lovely eight year old male Golden Retriever who
is training to be a PAT dog.
He was having a walk one evening when he was attacked by
a bull mastiff. His owners brought him into the surgery and
he had some puncture wounds on his left shoulder and some
soft tissue swelling around his elbow but otherwise seemed
none the worse for wear. We put him on course of broad spectrum
antibiotics and pain killers.
Three days later, on re-examination, he was worse. A large
blackish area of dead skin had developed behind his left shoulder.
Leo was admitted, sedated and about a litre of pus was drained.
The wound was flushed copiously with antibiotics and saline.
Three drains were inserted to prevent it filling up again.
Leo's owners did sterling work. Cleaning the wound three
times daily with saline flushing, various creams, two different
antibiotics and painkillers.It was mid summer and hot and
they came up with the good idea of fitting a loose cotton
shirt around his chest to prevent flies or dirt getting into
After five days one of the drains was removed and two left
as there was still a lot of discharge. Four days later these,
and the dead skin, were removed. This left a large wound about
15 by 10 cm where there was no skin.
This was cleaned three times daily and antibiotic cream applied.It
gradually reduced in size and after about three weeks reached
a stage where a hole was left which was not healing.
Leo was admitted for an anaesthetic. The dead tissue was
removed. The whole area cleaned up. The clean healthy skin
was sutured together. Two weeks later the stitches were removed
and the wound healed well.
This was an interesting case as it appeared as an insignificant
incident but ended up with something quite serious. Fortunately
Leo's owners had pet insurance.