Seattle Dog Survives Chest Impaling During Hiking Accident
I was contacted by Seattle Veterinary Specialists regarding a recent trauma case and had the pleasure of interviewing the surgeon who was part of a great team saving a life.
As we are coming upon a National Holiday and summer where we all get out more with our dogs, I felt it important to blog about this case and ask Kirsten Kirby, DVM, MS, CCRT, Diplomat ACVS to list some emergency pointers I could share with my readers.
The Back Story
Kirkland, Wash., May 19, 2011 - Vets at Seattle Veterinary Specialists (SVS), a multispecialty and 24-hour emergency/critical care facility collectively used their talents to help Abby through emergency surgery and post op care. Abby, a 2 year old German Shorthaired pointer came to them after diagnosis and pain management via her primary care Vet. Abby had a stick impaled through the chest while enjoying a day hiking with her human companion. Abby is alive today because her owner and primary veterinarian did not pull the stick mmediately out of her chest.
Abby had been on a typical run in the woods with her owner who was playing fetch with her on the trail. Abby let out a loud yelp from a few yards ahead of him. When the owner found Abby, she had blood on her chest and was trembling.
Her owner took off his t-shirt, wrapped the shirt around Abby's chest, and drove her straight to Redmond-Fall City Animal Hospital in Redmond where the Vet stabilized Abby with pain medication and antibiotics, performed an initial examination of the wound, identified a stick protruding from the dog's chest, and referred Abby immediately to SVS emergency Hospital.
Emergency surgery was performed by board-certified surgeon Kristin Kirkby, DVM who was assisted by Kim Podlecki, DVM. Anesthesia was performed by board-certified anesthetist and licensed veterinary technician Tina Branham.
Abby's chest was opened, and the stick, approximately 7 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, was found to be piercing her heart in two places. The stick was surgically removed and the two holes sutured closed. Abby received a blood transfusion during surgery.
With emergency surgery and ongoing care at Seattle Veterinary Specialists, this German Shorthaired Pointer improved and was discharged. Smart, quick thinking by her owner, excellent treatment by her primary veterinarian, and advanced care at SVS are credited for her survival.
Holiday weekends bring about fun, parties, swimming, driving, hiking with dogs, dog park play and other activities. No one expects an emergency if a gate is left open and a dog runs out and gets hit by a car. No one expects to throw a stick for a game of fetch into a river or lake or on a trail and a dog impales itself on a stick in the process. No one expects a dog to drink alcohol out of a glass left low enough to be consumed by the family pet. No one expects a dog to put paws up on a grill going after some tasty BBQ and receive burns from that behavior. Accidents and emergencies happen quickly. Be prepared.
I asked Dr.Kirby to list some bullet points for emergency care should an incident happen away from home.
The owners are trying to raise money for Abby's medical bills which are substantial. About $1000 has been donated as of our last communication. If you can help please contact Seattle Veterinary Specialists @ 425.823.9111
Have a SAFE holiday weekend.
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC
Published on May 20, 2011.Home » News & Blog » Do You Know Where Your 24/7 Emergency Vet Hospital Is?