Oakley is an 8 year old Irish Water Spaniel who suffers with nail bed infections. These infections usually respond well to antibiotics. Unfortunately for Oakley hers continued despite good antibiotic cover, it eventually caused a condition called osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone).
After a long battle it was decided that amputation of the toe was the best option for Oakley.
She was admitted in to our hospital one morning for our veterinary surgeon Marie Arkell to perform the surgery. She was given an anaesthetic which was monitored by a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Her whole paw was clipped and prepared for surgery, she was then transferred to our sterile operating theatre where Marie performed the operation to amputate the toe.
Afterwards a bandage was applied to the paw. Regular dressing changes were needed to monitor the wound and keep the operation site clean.
Poor Oakley could not go for a walk while the wound was healing and had to wear a plastic covering over the dressing when taken outside.
Once the wound was healed Oakley was so much happier without her toe and could return to normal, her missing toe does not seem to bother her in the slightest and she can now enjoy life once more.
We feel Oakley has coped tremendously well during her long battle, that is why we have crowned her February’s’ Pet of the Month.