The reality of canine CPR… (and equine wound healing)

Marie - Was adopted today yay!

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Well today was another 8am start with the Equine service with wound checks for the hoof injuries and bandage changes. This has been fascinating for me as I have attended some very interesting lectures on equine wound management with The Webinar Vet which talked about the different treatment options. This has given me the theory, however experience is very important here, and so being able to see the healing progress is very interesting.

Equine wounds can look extremely nasty especially when covering large areas, and as owners seeing a wound each day the differences are miniscule so it is hard to believe that it is in fact getting better. Something that we as vets are recommended to do with the advent of camera technology is to take photo’s to compare the wound to – personally I think this should be extended to owners as well so you can remind yourself just how much better it is with each week. Now wound healing comprises different stages, however one of the most important factors is contraction which is where the wound gets smaller as it heals. This means that a large wound may eventually (months or even years later) leave a little tiny scar.

After this I then ended up in the Small Animal Clinic again, this time was going to be different however I discovered that Marie (aka Monkeycat) was being adopted today which I think is really cool as she is such a cutie (really struggled not to adopt her myself!)!

Marie - Was adopted today yay!Anyways there was routine stuff happening until I am about to leave at around 5:30pm when I get asked to help bring a emergency in. Now this is a neuro case and I was working with one of my favourite doctors who really can explain things so that they are understood. I cannot say anymore about the case however monitoring the patient during stabilisation the heart stopped. Luckily I had both the the doctor and a senior student in the room with me when this happened who both swung into action immediately. Whilst I started chest compressions a ET tube was placed into the trachea to keep the airway open and emergency drugs were administered. Sadly the patient didn’t make it despite our best efforts – it’s the first time that I’ve been involved in a patient dying this way so was a new experience. The thing that got me the most was that the owner had stepped outside just before it happened, and returned halfway in… Though I couldn’t understand the words I could understand what they were feeling, yet because of my lack of Slovak couldn’t say anything to her.

I’ve learnt several lessons from this, including some of the more important words in Slovak that are used within a veterinary clinic!