Monday, August 30, 2010

Muki part 1

Last year, Muki was presented at early in the morning due to limping of both hindlimbs. He was practically  dragging his hindlimbs similar to dogs with hindlimb paralysis due to vertebral dislocation.

The owners are uncertain how things came to be and palpation of the limbs and back  showed no signs of swelling, pain or possible dislocation. however, something caught my eye: there was a blood clot forming at the end of the prepuce. Retracting the prepuce revealed an excoriated glans penis with the bone os penis exposed. This might also explained his "lameness". Since his os penis is causing trauma to his prepuce and due to pain during walking, Muki is minimizing the use of his hindlimbs in order to decrease pain and further trauma.

Now in cases like this, there are several possible and questionable scenarios how the penis turned out to be like this: 1) self trauma or mutilation, 2) someone hit him 3) dog fight (?), 4) infection, 5) and any other possible accident. I haven't really found the real cause since there were no other wound or lesions to point to violence or accident.

There were several recommendations I gave: 1) Penile amputation: The Penis will be amputated more proximal to the body with the os penis as the distal reference. 2) scrotal ablation: muki will have no use for his testicles and scrotum so we might as well remove them and also to give was to 3) urethrostomy at the scrotal area where Muki's urine will go out.

Muki was then sent to the Main branch for Surgery and after 48 hrs, he was back with us.

Now, since I am unable to locate the pictures post surgery, I will make a new entry for that later. Muki had a quality life after the surgery until He came down with Leptospirosis and Kidney failure earlier this month.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Watch this link: This is entitled VETERINARIAN VS. MD. This was shared through Facebook from

This goes beyond what this blog should be about but I just want to share this.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Is it me or do i see her smile?

poor whippet!!!

Thursday Morning: May 27, 2010. A limping Whippet (forgot his name) was presented for check up. Apparently this dog was run over by a car (theirs) on monday and was presented to another practitioner for initial treatment. He was then taken home and was put on medications.

Radiography was recommended to further investigate the damage to the bones and the surrounding soft tissues. Fracture of the 2nd phalanx of the 2nd digit of the right limb was emminent, damage to the carpal bones were also seen (not clear on photograph), with too much tissue inflammation.
The bandage covering the damaged limb was removed to check the status of the limb (Apparently, the first and last time that the wound was cleaned was on Monday) Here's a few of those pictures:
There is severe damage to the soft tissues of the limb as well as the bones and they are not viable anymore. Putrefying stench also filled the room during the examination. The fractured phalanx is sticking out of the damaged tissues, carpal bones are visible as well as the tendons.
Amputation of the affected limb was recommended but they never returned. I wonder what happened...
In trauma cases like this, the wounds should always be kept clean. The trauma, aside from inflicting severe physical damage, may cause for the inoculation of contaminants and bacteria that can further cause damage and complicate the case. Some limbs may be saved from amputation if the affected area is still viable/living and may require intensive care and time to recover. Some may be recommended with amputation. Still others, even if the area is still viable but management of the wound is poor, may still result to amputation.
Accidents do happen, but sometimes, they can be prevented.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Remembering Barnie.

A few months back, Barnie, a 13-year-old Basset Hound was presented due to sudden enlargement of the abdomen. I suddenly remembered Lucy (one of my earlier posts). Bloat was my diagnosis.

I had to pass a stomach tube in order to release the trapped gas and then flush the stomach with saline solution. Blood results were unremarkable and she was declined for surgical treatment, thus we had to modify her diet and keep her under confinement. A week later, she was discharged but was returned due to the same condition three days after her release. Her recovery this time was slower but we were able to keep her stable. Days later, she went home.

I haven't heard from her owner until last month when we bumped into each other inside a mall. Barney never had another bloat episode after her 2nd release. However, since she was old and her liver was compromised, she deteriorated about 2 weeks after.