Veterinarian reprimanded in cocker spaniel case

Peter MacMahon, a British veterinarian in Hampshire, was reprimanded and warned by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for “disgraceful” conduct. The case involved a cocker spaniel named Wilfred who had swallowed broken glass.  The RCVS found MacMahon had failed to remove the broken glass; had failed to prevent abdominal contamination; and failed to make Wilfred’s primary veterinarian aware of the contamination.  MacMahon’s competence was called into question.  MacMahon had recently returned to practice after a ten-year absence.  MacMahon agreed to take remedial training as suggested by the RCVS.

On July 15, 2009, Mrs. Sarah Stacey brought her one-year-old cocker spaniel named Wilfred to the Harbour Veterinary Hospital in Portsmouth, England. Wilfred had eaten broken glass and meat while rummaging through kitchen garbage.  Veterinarian Peter MacMahon was covering the hospital’s busy after hours emergency service.  Dr. MacMahon and his nurse were apparently unfamiliar with the facility because they had difficulty finding necessary supplies and equipment during Wilfred’s surgery.

During surgery, Dr. MacMahon did not wear sterile gloves and allowed nearly a liter of stomach contents to escape into Wilfred’s abdominal cavity.  The next morning following surgery Wilfred was brought back to the hospital very ill.  Veterinarian Kathryn Ling decided to operate on Wilfred again.  Upon opening Wilfred’s abdomen, Dr. Ling was “struck with a terrible smell of putrefaction.”  She found three tablespoons of minced meat in his abdomen.  She also found a large piece of glass still in Wilfred’s stomach.  Dr. Ling’s surgery was successful and Wilfred made a full recovery.

Fleas, fleas and more fleas

Hoshi’s fleas have been having a gay old time till today. My order of Advantage came in the mail today. I bathed Hoshi this morning. He must have had a lot of them on him because I saw them drowned in the bath. Several fell off him while I was toweling him dry too. There were still a few survivors in his fur. I caught a glimpse of them while I was blow drying him. I put the Advantage on him this afternoon. I was surprised how much fluid was in each vial (2.5 ml) that’s a roughly a 3 cc syringe we use in the ER. I must have placed about 10 drops down the length of his back before the vial was empty.

I’m hoping the Advantage will do a better job than the Frontline.

Raw diet so far

Hoshi definitely can’t tolerate his dry food (Royal Canin Cocker Spaniel). A few days ago we ran out of unthawed chicken. I decided to give him some of his dry food. Also, Hoshi’s poos had been extremely dry lately. I kid you not, Hoshi’s stool a few days ago was so dry it crumbled as it hit the side walk. So, I figured giving him some dry food would act like a stool softener. Well, it acted more like a laxative. He had loose stools for three days. Now I’m sure Hoshi would have tolerated it better if it was slowly introduced in his diet although he’s never done exceptionally well on any dog food he’s tried.

Anyways, he’s doing well on the raw diet. I just need to add something to keep his stools from getting too dry and hard.

Fleas are back

I mentioned 2 weeks ago Hoshi had fleas. I used Adams flea shampoo. It worked. Well, 2 week later and they are back. I found flea dirt on him again. He must be picking them up somewhere. I gave him another flea bath. While I was drying him off I saw a healthy flea the size of a mule on his back. I was so mad! I don’t know how it escape the shampoo. Well, I shampooed everything except his face. I don’t like getting soap in his eyes. So maybe this flea was on his face. Maybe it will die later (I hope).