Horsforth – August 2017
This handsome lad is Toothless, who is the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for August 2017. Toothless was named after the dragon belonging to the main character in the How to Train Your Dragon series.
Toothless came to see us recently after a neighbour found him lying outside his house, unable to move. Due to the location in which he was found, it looks likely that he had fallen out of a high window. While his forelimbs were able to hold his weight, he was unable to use his back legs. Although we were initially concerned that Toothless had fractured his pelvis, x-rays revealed a double fracture to his right hind leg. While this was a more favourable diagnosis than a pelvis fracture, it was still significant. The two options that we were able to offer Toothless. The first was to fix his fractures with an external fixator. The other was to amputate the limb. Because Toothless was in a stable condition, he went home to spend the weekend with his family.
The following Monday, after a weekend of strict cage rest, Toothless came back to our Thornbury hospital. After thinking over the options, his owners had decided that they would like to have Toothless’ fractures fixed. We admitted him and performed the surgery, which required 6 pins, supported by external fixators. After a night in the hospital to recover, we were able to send Toothless home to continue his rehabilitation.
A few days later, Toothless visited us again. He had started to put his foot down and putting a small amount of weight on it, which was a good start. His surgical wounds were looking great, and he appeared to be well on the road to recovery. After another week, Toothless had begun to put more weight on the leg. While the sites of one of his pins had started leaking some fluid, tests showed that there was no infection.
Toothless is now continuing his recovery with his owner’s parents. This means that he has more people around to supervise him during the day. While he still has his pins in place, his recovery is going very well. Throughout his treatment so far, Toothless has been a wonderful patient. Despite his obvious discomfort, he has only been grumpy with our nurses once and has been very tolerant with his regular bandage changes. Due to this tolerant attitude and after such a horrible injury, we think Toothless is a worthy recipient of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Toothless!