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Frank’s plastic surgery

By Helen Burns | Dated March 26, 2018

Frank the ragdoll is quite the character, and has lived life to the full! Poor Frank seems to be unlucky in the health stakes and we need to see him quite regularly. And as much as we always love seeing him, we’re not sure that he feels the same way about us! Once a year for vaccination would suit him quite nicely.

Last week Frank had an operation to remove a cancerous lump on his skin, and as is the way with Frank, it was a tumour  rarely seen in cats. To make matters a little more complicated, the mass was on the back of his foot, where there is no spare or stretchy skin. We weren’t sure if we would be able to save his leg, but were going to give it our best shot! So, his poor family dropped him off on the day of surgery,  waiting anxiously for the news about his leg.

Our first priority was to remove the tumour, including a margin of tissue around it.  That was the easy part.  The more challenging part of the operation was to close the wound.  It is at moments like this when vets are grateful for the cap, mask and gloves that we don, which quite nicely hide all the  furrowed brows, bitten lips and sweaty palms  as we do our best to get a tricky wound closed.

Fortunately, we managed to close the wound  by flapping some skin from his thigh down to his foot, followed by a big bandage to keep the skin still, to allow it to heal. Young Frankie has been a superstar during his recovery, living without too much protest in his family’s pantry, resting and recuperating in a very gentlemanly manner. He even brings us a letter each time he visits, so we know everything that he has been up to.

The great news is that his skin has now healed and it won’t be long until Frank can get back to living life to the fullest again.

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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.

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11:01 14 Jul 18
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22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
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