How Chevy's life was saved by a microchip

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Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital
294 Lords Place
Orange
NSW 2800

Phone:
02 6360 3071

On April 15, Judith Carney of Mulberry Lane Veterinary Clinic received an after hours call from Cameron Clout, her vet nurse. His cousins, Mitch and Sarah Selwood, had just witnessed a ‘hit and run” which left a Staffordshire Bull Terrier near death in Anson Street, Orange.

Ten minutes later, Judith met Mitch and the wounded Staffy at Mulberry Lane Veterinary Clinic.

On examination, she could hear that his heart had moved to the right side of his chest and, although he looked OK when standing up, if he lay on his left side, he went blue and became very distressed.

Before an owner was found, Judith administered strong pain relief and antibiotics. He was hospitalised at the clinic overnight.

That evening, once he was stable, Judith looked up the microchip number on the  NSW Companion Animal website and traced the owners. She could now call him Chevy. The owners were delighted Chevy had been found but his friend, Gypsy was still missing. The owners had recently moved from Anson Street and both dogs had tried to find their way back to their original home.

Chevy was radiographed and an ultrasound was performed of his chest; a diagnosis of a ruptured diaphragm was made. The rupture had allowed Chevy’s liver, spleen and stomach into his chest.

 (The diaphragm is the lining which separates the chest from the abdomen. When this diaphragm is ruptured organs from the abdomen can end up in the chest, displacing the lungs and heart. It is a serious life threatening condition.)

Both Judith and her associate, Geoff Campbell, operated on Chevy for over two hours, while Elisha, one of the highly trained nursing team, breathed for him (performed IPPV).

Chevy stayed in hospital for a few days, initially in an oxygen tent on intravenous fluids and antibiotics, with strong pain relief, then was reunited with his delighted owners.

At his recheck a few days later, his owners were thrilled with his progress, back to his usual cheeky Chevy self.

Microchipping enabled Judith to trace Chevy’s owners and thereby get consent to proceed with surgery, allowing Judith, Geoff and the team of nurses at Mulberry Lane Veterinary Clinic to save his life.

P.S Gypsy was found alive, slightly bruised, but well the following day by her owners.


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