If you have a pet, you know they are part of your family. They make your annual holiday card, have social channels dedicated to their activities and often are part of announcing key life milestones (raise your hand if your pet has worn a “big brother/sister” shirt to announce a pregnancy). Unfortunately, our pets are not invincible and can sometimes need medical care in the same way humans do. Did you know that dogs are among the most common non-human patients we see undergoing treatment with our therapies? Whether from an accident or an illness, we are grateful to be able to help these beloved animals recover. Take a read through tales from some of the beloved furry friends we have helped.
Crash, a senior dog, was run over by a speeding vehicle during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. He was then taken to an emergency vet clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Crash’s veterinary team treated him for an infection and went through various rehabilitation activities. Unfortunately, a devastating wound developed on his left elbow, but with the help of our Animal Health team, Crash was treated with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), and within 6 days there was major improvement in his wound.
In 2015 the Indianapolis Fire Department found Cinder in an alley and took her to Every Dog Counts Rescue. She had a massive, infected wound with missing skin on her shoulders and neck and ultimately had her front leg amputated. After the amputation, Cinder’s veterinary team decided to initiate NPWT to protect her incision and help her wound heal. After several weeks, her condition improved, and she is now happy and healthy in her new forever home with one of the firefighters who rescued her.
Harley is a Saint Bernard from San Antonio who had surgery for a large mass on her upper thigh. The mass was bigger than her veterinary team initially thought, and the wound was too large to successfully close with standard treatment. Harley’s veterinarian contacted us for help. After about two weeks of using NPWT, the wound began healing and Harley was able to get back to her normal life.
Months after Harley’s treatment, some of our employees in San Antonio and globally via livestream had the privilege of seeing this furry patient in person. Harley, her owners, and Dr. Jennifer Johnson, DVM, veterinarian and medical director, Health Associates, who provided her treatment, made a special appearance at the office to answer questions about the benefits of having NPWT products available to veterinary teams across the country through the Animal Health team. After the event, employees had the opportunity to meet, pet, and take pictures with Harley and get to know her lively personality.
We are very proud of our Animal Health team and veterinary partners for helping these four-legged friends and ensuring that animals in need receive advanced wound care to help them heal.
To learn more about the role of negative pressure wound therapy in animal health, visit: https://mykci.com/healthcare-professionals/clinical-solutions/animal-health