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Phin’s face part 2

By Helen Burns | Dated August 29, 2019

As is prone to happen with suspected grass seed abscesses, it turns out that we claimed victory a little prematurely with young Phin. 2 weeks ago, the abscess on his face that we had already surgically explored and drained (but not found a grass seed), swelled up again. Whilst we were all a little disheartened, it was time to take things to the next level.

So,  off Phin went to have a CT scan of his skull, in an attempt to see for sure whether there was a grass seed lurking in there as we suspected, but up until then, couldn’t locate it or even be sure of its presence.

Sure enough, the CT scan was just what was needed, and a grass seed showed up nice and clearly, sitting right down on the bone of his nose. Now all we had to do was to find it surgically ! 

The grass seed is highlighted by the yellow arrows

So, a few days later Phin was back at Gordon Vet Hospital, and after using the CT scan to locate where the grass seed was lodged, and ultrasound guidance to measure the exact depth of the grass seed, we were able to go straight to the spot and voila! Out it popped! We were all immensely relieved that this 7mm long by 1mm wide grass seed was finally out, and Phin could heal at last.

Ultrasound guidance to identify the depth of the grass seed

Phin was too large to fit in a regular dog bed, so instead he recovered in the office, and ‘helped’ the vets with their work!

At last, the grass seed!



Written by Helen Burns

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.


  • Avatar Trish Berghouse | Wednesday October 9th, 2019 | Reply

    WOW that’s some surgery on Phin but true to form the Gordon Vet goes to any length to bring the dog back to good health.
    Well done to all the staff.

    Over the many years (some 40plus) we have brought our very special cats to Gordon Vet we cannot fault their care and consideration for their welfare.

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