Let me tell you what….

There was absolutely NOTHING in my 10 year experience as a Paramedic that could have possibly prepared me for the ordeal of changing fixator bandages on a 9 1/2 week old puppy. NOTHING. Of course, I had to do this by myself, which added a whole new layer of impossible. Getting the old bandages off proved a bit of a battle, but getting the new ones on was much more than that. I needed at least 8 hands, possibly more. The red headed child was not going to have anything going on that her little beady black nose wasn’t going to be right in the middle of. Gauze pads went on at least three times, only to be snagged in sharp puppy teeth and pulled off. Vetwrap? Well, now we have something that is not only fun to grab, but sticks to itself as well. And then elasticon went on over that. And that stuff is in a class of its’ own for sticky. And the final layer is anti-chew gel, to keep the little monster from removing her bandages. Now, for those who are interested, here is a video that was taken today, as you can see, she hasn’t slowed down a whole lot.

http://www.youtube.com/v/qAdj1Vo-wsM&hl=en_US&fs=1&

Warning, surgical site photos below. Not graphic, but might upset those with weak stomachs.


And for those who are curious, here is what is under those bandages. Now, the pictures are not gory, but if you have a weak stomach or are squeamish about medical hardware, you might want to skip these pictures.

This is the outside fixator. Her hock is to the left of the photo.

And this is the inside fixator. Obviously, her hock is to the right in this photo.

Sorry for the quality of the photos. My good camera was in the other room, so I just snapped these right quick on my iPhone.

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