25 Jan Emergency of the Week – Bones
Adorable Bones was playing a game of fetch when he accidentally impaled himself in the shoulder with a stick. His owners noticed a large wound on his shoulder following the incident, which caused him to favour his leg when walking. They decided to bring him to Mountainside to have the laceration assessed.
Bones was sedated so that the laceration could be inspected more closely. The laceration was approximately three centimetres long and two centimetres deep. Bones’ shoulder did have some mild bruising on the skin, but luckily he suffered no damage to the underlying muscle tissue.
The wound area was clipped and sterilized, then flushed with a sterile saline solution to remove any potential debris from the area. The laceration was then sutured closed. Bones recovered well from anesthesia and was sent home with pain relief and antibiotics. After two weeks he was able to have his stitches removed and his owner reports that he is doing very well since his accident.