POTW Candidates for April 16th – April 20th

Patient of the Week Candidates

for the week of April 16th thru April 20th , 2012

 

Review the patient summaries below then vote for your favorite patient.
The patient with the most votes wins the “Patient of the Week” title.

Then the POTW with the most votes in a month will be dubbed Azzore’s Patient of the Month, and will receive an extra special prize package from the Azzore Staff.

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Bojangles is a 12yr old  Miniature Schnauzer. She had a history of snoring, nasal discharge and epistaxis, which turned out to be symptoms of a nasal tumor.  Dr. Evans at Pet Protection Clinic referred her to Dr. Dew for a CT scan and nasal tumor removal . Bojangle’s prognosis is good for improved quality of life and healing of the surgical site.

 

 

 

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Bella is a 4year 3month old Chihuahua. Her veterinarian is Dr. Spencer at Arkansas Animal Care Clinic. She came to see Dr. Dew for a Bilateral  TTT revision. Her prognosis is good for healing, improved function and decreased progression of degenerative joint disease (arthritis).  Nursing care, physical therapy, exercise restriction and the use of Glycoflex will play critical roles in an uncomplicated recovery and optimization of long term function.

 

 

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Rex is a 2year old Domestic Short Hair Feline. Dr. Noble at Bryant Veterinary Clinic, identified a tibia fracture caused by suspected gun shot, and referred to Dr. Dew for Tibial Fracture Stabilization. His prognosis is good for bone healing.  Exercise restrictions must be followed to maximize the prognosis for uncomplicated healing.

 

 

 

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Stella is a 3 year old Pitbull Mix. She had previous hip pain and Dr. McCutcheon at Park Avenue Animal Hospital took X-rays to confirmed dysplasia, then referred to Dr. Dew for a cementless THR (Total Hip Replacement). Stella has an excellent prognosis for an uncomplicated recovery and pain free right hip function.

 

 

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Sadie is a 10 year 2month old Labrador Retriever Mix. Dr. McCutcheon at Park Avenue Animal Hospital diagnosed Sadie with a Right Calcaneal Tendon Avulsion, then referred to Dr. Dew for a primary tendon repair and hock stabilzation with an External Stabilization Fixator (ESF). Sadie has a good prognosis for tendon healing and for soft tissue healing.  Exercise restrictions must be followed to maximize the prognosis for uncomplicated healing.

 

 

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Sonny is a 10 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He has a history of rear limb ataxia and was diagnosed with possible neurological issues by Dr. Ambrose at Hillcrest Animl Hospital, who referred to Dr. Dew for a CT Scan and  Cerebrospinal centesis. The spinal fluid analysis, as well as, his response to therapy, may allow us to give Sonny a more accurate prognosis for recovery.

 

 

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Mickey Mouse is a 13 year old Mix breed. He was diagnosed with forelimb lameness by Dr. Boyd at Boyd Veterinary Clinic. Mickey Mouse had a radius/ulna fracture and was referred to Dr. Dew, who performed a Fracture Stabilization. His prognosis is good for normal osseous healing. Exercise restrictions must be followed to maximize the prognosis for uncomplicated healing.  Maintenance and care of the bandage/splint will play important roles in uncomplicated healing.

 

 

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Gitty is a 9 year old  Domestic Short Hair Feline. Her veterinarian is Dr. Pike at the Animal Hospital of Eureka Springs. Gitty was staggering and had ear inflammation. History of recurrent head tilt and nystagmus. Dr. Dew performed a CT Scan and a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA).  Gitty should recover well from surgery and resolution of the ear disease should be the end result.  Facial nerve palsy can be noted after surgery.  This is normally transient, resolving in 3-14 days.  The chance of complications will be drastically reduced by following discharge instructions and maintaining the E-collar. The long term prognosis will be dictated by the tissue type.

 

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Allie is a 7 ½ year old Terrier Mix. Dr. Brown at Hot Springs Animal Hospital , diagnosed Allie with swelling consistent with sialocele and referred to Dr. Dew. He performed a  Sialocele (Salivary Mucocele). Allie’s prognosis is good for healing and resolution of the sialocele.

 

 

 

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Charlie is a 8 year old Miniature Schnauzer. His veterinarian is Dr. Fletcher at Fletcher Vet Clinic who diagnosed Charlie with melanoma of the left pinna (ear) and then referred to Dr. Dew. Dr. Dew performed a  Tumor removal, dermal, melanoma revision. His prognosis is good for soft tissue healing, the long term prognosis will be determined by the biopsy results.

 

 

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CATARACT SURGERIES:

A cataract is a change in the clear protein of the lens. Normally the lens is clear, but when proteins build up on the lens it becomes crystallized and opaque.

When this happens, removal of the cataract (surgically) is the only method of improving vision in a patient with cataracts. Cataract surgery generally has a 90-95% success rate.

After successful cataract surgery most dogs see close to normal. Post-surgically, a regimen of multiple medications is needed to promote healing as well as an Elizabethan collar for eye protection. The patients listed below received Cataract Surgery last week.

Jasper is a 2 ½ year old Toy Poodle. He has had previous problems with blepharospasm and discharge of the eyes at different times. Approximately 3-4 weeks ago he started developing Cataracts.  Dr. Key at Southwind Animal Hospital sent him to Dr. Hodgson for the Cataract Surgery, and Dr. Hodgson said the surgery went well and He expects Jasper to do fine!

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CRUCIATE LIGAMENT SURGERIES:

The following patients were all seen for Cranial Cruciate Ligament rupture or tear.
This is similar to a football player’s ACL injury.

There are two surgeries that Dr. Dew uses to repair/correct CCL injuries:
TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement)
EFS (external fascial strip)

With either of these surgeries, each of these babies will have strict confinement for the first 2 weeks after surgery, and then gradually increased exercise (controlled with leash) for the next 8-10 weeks after that. Physical therapy and medical therapy, which could include Glycoflex III (joint supplement) and an NSAID called Previcox if not previously on a different NSAID, will play a critical role in the patient’s recovery.

Buddy is an 11 month old ,athletic, Labrador Retriever. He started having acute right rear lameness and was referred to Dr. Dew by Dr. Belt at Benton Veterinary Hospital. Buddy was diagnosed with a CCL ruptured, Dr. Dew performed a TTA. Buddy’s prognosis is good for healing, improved function and decreased progression of degenerative joint disease (arthritis).  Nursing care, physical therapy, exercise restriction and the use of Glycoflex will play critical roles in an uncomplicated recovery and optimization of long term function.

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Moses is a 5 year old Great Pyrenees. For approximately three weeks he was weak in the rear limbs. Dr. Herrington at Wedington Animal Hospital referred Moses to Dr. Dew, who performed a TTA. The prognosis is good for healing, improved function and decreased progression of degenerative joint disease (arthritis).  Nursing care, physical therapy, exercise restriction and the use of Glycoflex will play critical roles in an uncomplicated recovery and optimization of long term function.

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HAPPY VOTING! 

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  1. Bojangles is finally doing much better. She had anxiety issues with the plastic cone on her head, and drainage from her nose. She does not want me touching her nose and I have several bites to prove she is serious about that.

    Thanks to all

    Bojangles mom

  2. Yikes! So sorry, Sue!

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