By Helen Burns | Dated February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments
At Gordon Vet, we frequently use diagnostic tools to help us reach a diagnosis for your furbabies. We are spoilt for choice with our in house lab for blood tests, […]
By John Morgan | Dated May 29, 2018
It would be safe to say that Rosie, the courageous 11-year-old Kelpie, is now a platinum frequent flyer at Gordon Vet.
3 months ago, Rosie presented to Gordon Vet with a large golf ball sized lump on her ankle. Sadly, this was diagnosed as a cancerous skin mass called a Mast Cell Tumour. The great news was that the cancer had not spread to her abdomen, chest or lymph nodes. The bad news was that the ankle is a very tricky location for lump removal surgery as there is not much skin for wound closure. This often means we need to amputate the leg. Fortunately, Rosie’s owners are very dedicated and opted for advanced skin reconstructive surgery using a skin graft to close the wound following the lump removal.
On her day of surgery, Rosie arrived with a brave face. Rosie’s surgery was so intricate that it required two surgeons. While Dr Imogene worked on the donor skin site (in Rosie’s case a large section of skin was harvested from her flank), Dr John removed the cancerous lump and very meticulously prepared and applied the skin graft over Rosie’s ankle.
The surgery was a huge success. With the help of her devoted owners, Rosie has been returning to our clinic twice weekly to clean, re-dress and re-bandage her new skin. We are very happy with the end result and the hair from the skin graft even grows in the right direction! Rosie still has a long road ahead of her as she commences oral chemotherapy. She has been an absolute pleasure to treat!