This is Olly, and his mom believes that he's the cutest little 3-year-old Jack Russel Terrier ever! (And, we know she's not wrong.)
Olly's morning routine is to go outside and do his business, while his mom got her first cup of coffee. He then comes back inside to enjoy time with his mom (and coffee) before they started the day. Then one morning he wouldn't come in, and when his mom found him, his leg was badly torn up. His mom rushed him to the vet because she knew he needed to be seen immediately.
Olly's mom is a single mom who just lost her job, and was worried that she wouldn’t be able to afford this emergency veterinary visit. She applied to Fur Kids Foundation, and we were happy to help.
After examining Olly’s wound, the vet said the wounds were consistent with either getting his leg stuck in a trap, or getting attacked by a larger dog. Luckily for Olly (and his mom), the vet was able to close the wound, wrap Olly's leg and put him in the dreaded cone of shame.
Olly’s mom called animal control, who did a full examination of the apartment complex, and could not find any trap in the area. So, the best guess is that Olly had a run-in with a much larger dog.
Dog bite wounds are a fairly common procedure for veterinarians; however, they shouldn’t be seen as easy to treat. Even the smallest of puncture wounds carry a high risk of infection. You can read more about what to do when another dog bites your dog in this PetMD article.
Fur Kids Foundation strongly recommends that all puncture wounds/dog bites to your pet are examined by a veterinarian.
Unfortunately, Olly’s story doesn’t end there... A week after we helped Olly, his human brother felt bad for him because he was wearing the cone of shame, and he decided to take it off of Olly. Olly, not understanding why he needed the cone, just knew that his leg itched, chewed off his leg wrap and re-opened his sutures, so his mom had to take Olly in for another emergency visit to close the wound up again. While we know pets may look uncomfortable in their cones, it's best to follow your vet's advice and pass that information along to all the family members. We know Olly's little brother meant no harm, but it was no benefit to Olly to have the cone off.
About Fur Kids Foundation
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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