San Pedro Animal Foundation Saves Locally Owned Pet with Emergency Surgery











Last Sunday Lupito arrived at San Pedro Animal Hospital at about 3pm after being hit by a car.  His owner was distraught.  Both his front legs had been injured.  After an examination it was found that his right front leg had only superficial injuries.  His heart and lungs were normal and he was amazingly stable considering what had just occured.  His left front leg had been stripped of all skin, muscle, vessels and nerves.  Only the bone remained.  He was, of course, in extreme pain.

Lupito was given powerful pain killers while we discussed the situation with his owner.  The left front leg needed to be amputated…as soon as possible.  The owner was very upset at the thought of her puppy with only 3 legs.  She also was unable to afford the surgery, which is very expensive.  After much discussion we came upon agreement.  She would pay what little she could afford.  I would donate the surgery time and the San Pedro Animal Foundation would pick up the tab for the anesthesia, medications and supportive care.  But there was a catch – she had to allow us to amputate the leg.  It would be inhumane to take the puppy home in this condition.

Reluctantly, the owner finally agreed.  At 10pm that night the surgery was complete, and Lupito slept off the anesthesia with continued administration of buprenorphine, a potent morphine derivative.

At a 8am the next morning Lupito looked at me with a sad face, but he was already sitting up in his cage.  He ate some canned food and took his oral antibiotic.

Lupito at 8am the next morning.












Then it was time for more buprenorphine for pain, so that he could sleep comfortably and allow his body to begin the healing process

Lupito back on his pain medicine at 9am, resting.












At 5pm that same day, less than 24 hours after his amputation, Lupito was already coming back to life.

Lupito recovering after less than 24 hours.

It has been a week now, and Lupito’s family is so happy that they decided to go ahead with the amputation.  Lupito is already running and jumping and playing.

Many people think that their pets are like us, that they cannot be happy after an amputation.  But this is not the case.  Our pets are much more resilient than we are, and readily adapt to their new situation with no bitterness or sense of loss.

This is just another quality in our pets that we can only admire, and do our best to emulate.

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