Saturday, October 17, 2009

Red Tailed Hawks

We are surrounded by Red Tailed hawks in the ward right now. Our case load has begun to slow down as the weather has gotten cooler, but we currently have 3 Red Tailed hawks in the ward. Two of them have ulnar (wing) fractures and one has a fractured tibiotarsus (leg). Each of their fractures is being managed differently, which is really interesting for us veterinary students.

Team 1's RTH with a tibiotarsal fracture
09-1051 RTH L TT fx

Team 3 giving their hawk an IM injection
RTH l ulnar fx

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snapping Turtle

Godzilla is a Snapping Turtle that presented to the clinic on September 28th with a fractured carapce (the top portion of the shell.) The team decided to get radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate the fracture and the possible lung damage. (A turtle's lungs sit right up against the top of their shell.) While looking at the radiographs, the team found another problem with Godzilla. He had a fish hook somewhere inside his body! Godzilla had surgery to remove the hook, and his shell fracture is beginning to heal. Hopefully, he'll be able to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility soon.
Godzilla's Radiograph from September 29th
Snapping Turtle Surgery
Godzilla Sx
Gozdilla sx
The Fish Hook Removed from Godzilla
Godzilla Hook
Gozilla with Members of his Team
Godzilla post op
Godzilla on October 14th (You can see his shell fracture in this photo.)
Godzilla 10/14