9575 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422

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Bay is a loving and social one year old Labrador retriever who enjoys chewing, riding in the passenger seat of the car, taking long walks on the beach, playing at the dog park and having new adventures.

Bay presented to the Atascadero Pet Hospital & Emergency Center on the evening of April third 2011. He had been inadvertently run over while in his own driveway. Considering the severity of Bay’s injuries, he was relatively stable upon arrival to the hospital that evening. After an examination and extensive radiographs it was determined that Bay’s injuries included: a fractured right femur, right femoral head and pelvis. He also sustained a bruised bladder and multiple abrasions.

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Bone fractures are classified as open, closed, simple or complicated. The fracture is also ranked on the degree of splintering (communication). In Bay’s case there was a skin puncture over the fracture and a piece of the femur was missing, classifying it as open/complicated fracture.

The medical team at the Atascadero Pet Hospital & Emergency Center and Bay’s owner elected to repair the femur fracture with an IM (intramedullary) pin/plate fixation and perform femoral head ostectomy (removal of the femoral head). The excised femoral neck was then used as a bone graft in the femur repair, since there was a piece of femur bone missing. Bay’s bladder was badly bruised and had formed blood clots from the trauma. Bay was hospitalized on intravenous fluids, a urinary catheter, pain medications, antibiotics, bed rest and TLC for 5 days. With the assistance of a sling, Bay walked out of the hospital, to finish recovering from his extensive injuries with his loving family.

Bay has recovered very well and has close to full function of the fractured limb.

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