UC Davis

Infection delays surgery for collie with gunshot wound

By From page A4 | March 30, 2014

UC Davis veterinarians have discovered an infection in the jawbone of Lad, the collie from Kentucky that was shot in the face in February.

For any potential surgery to be successful, this infection will need to be cleared before oral surgeons can move on to the surgery phase of Lad’s treatment. The treatment of this infection will cause a significant delay in his surgery.

The 9-month-old collie was brought to UCD from Kentucky on March 17 by The Arrow Fund, a rescue group that provides medical treatment for animals that are victims of torture, abuse or neglect. When the group received Lad on Feb. 10, about six days after the shooting, it transported him to Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Louisville, Ky., where veterinarians were forced to remove the majority of Lad’s lower jaw due to the gunshot damage and infections.

Last week, UCD veterinarians ran several tests on Lad, including a general wellness examination, a CT scan, a bone culture and blood tests. These procedures were necessary to determine if Lad was healthy enough for surgery and to help determine the proper surgical plan.

Diagnostic test results confirmed an infection in the remaining portion of Lad’s lower jawbone. An infectious disease specialist at UCD’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital recommended that Lad be placed on a specifically targeted antibiotic for at least the next four weeks, at which time additional culture tests will be performed to determine the state of the infection. Lad may have to remain on antibiotics for six to eight weeks, delaying the surgery even further.

“Since the reconstructive procedure we have planned for Lad entails a complicated surgery, we have to eliminate the bone infection to optimize the chance of success,” said Frank Verstraete, chief of the VMTH’s dentistry and oral surgery service.

Veterinarians hope to reconstruct Lad’s lower jaw using a bone regrowth procedure with which they have had tremendous success over the past three years.

— UC Davis News

Kat Kerlin

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