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Medical Pictures. This folder may include pictures of surgeries, medical lesions, or items identified under the microscope.

Lemon is a duck who presented for being attacked by a raccoon. 

 

We went to surgery to clean up the wounds and evaluate the tissues.  She was masked down with gas anesthesia.  The feathers were all missing on the top of her head and her skull bone was exposed. 

After she was completely under anesthesia, she was intubated to ensure delivery of oxygen and the anesthetic agent. 

 

The technician proceded to place an intravenous (IV) catheter for fluid therapy to increase blood profusion and aid in shock.  The catheter was placed in the right leg.

 The wound was cleaned and healthy skin was closed to protect underlying muscle.  On the top of the head the raccoon did not leave enough skin.  Lemon would have to try and heal on her own with the help of wet to dry bandaging, oral antibiotics and occassional debridement of the wound to stimulate healing.

Applying a wet to dry bandage that the owner can change at home regularly.

Lemon is recovering from surgery, being kept warm and quiet.

 

Lemon is up and moving 20 minutes after surgery

 2 weeks after surgery, Lemon had successfully removed all the sutures that were keeping her wet bandage in place.

So using a little topical anesthesia we cleaned the wound and exposed healthy tissue.  The owner then placed waterproof bandages on the wound to allow for healing to continue.  Notice the back of the head/neck has new feathers and skin.

 

After debridement she went outside the clinic for a walk in the sunshine and a light sprinkle.

10 weeks after surgery and Lemon is almost healed completely.  She might have healed sooner if she hadn’t tried to gather with the chickens.  The chickens decided to peck at her exposed areas creating a little larger area to heal.

 

Foxtails are here and they love to get in the nose, ears, feet, and urogenital tract.  Some of our patients, with a little restraint, will tolerate examination inside the ears or even sometimes the nose.  This patient was violently sneezing at home.   The doctor elected to attempt to examine the nasal cavity awake with some topical anesthesia.  This particular patient was very cooperative and allowed us to remove 2 foxtails. 

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

Patient presented for urinating frequently and having accidents in the home.  Urinalysis and culture revealed a urinary tract infection.  After completing a course of antibiotics, the clinical signs never resolved.  Next step was digital x-rays.  Below is a lateral view (dog is laying on her side with the head positioned to the left and the tail at the right). 

 

   

 

Cystotomy (cutting into the bladder) was performed and all the stones were removed. 

Stones were sent to a lab and determined to be struvites.  These types of stones form due to urinary tract infections, diet, and/or genetic predisposition.  Correction of the urinary tract infection is critical with follow up urinalyses to determine if diet changes are required to prevent further formation of this particular stone. 

 

Below is a fine needle aspirate of a lump on one of our patients.  These particular cells are called adipose cells (fat cells) and the lump was thought to be a benign lipoma.  A needle yields a very small amount of cells that may not be representative of the actual tumor.  Should this tumor continue to grow, further investigation of this mass may require excisional biopsy (removal of the tumor).  This will help us determine the kind of lump (tumor) and whether it is benign or malignant.  Once this is determined, we can educate you as to whether there will be reoccurence, metastasis to other organs, and other changes that can likely occur.

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