The owner of a dog that suffered a life-threatening wound after it impaled itself on a stick has paid tribute to the vet that saved his pet’s life.
Keeper, an eleven year old Lurcher, was out walking with his owner Seamus O’Keefe when he stumbled onto a sharp stick and suffered a deep wound in his side, causing significant blood loss.
Mr O’Keefe said: “I didn’t even see it happening. Keeper is such a fast dog and he’s always running ahead on our walks. I just heard a loud yelp and went running to him.
“I was horrified when I found him – he had a gaping hole in his side and he was bleeding badly.”
In a state of distress, Mr O’Keefe phoned Amy Bostock at Northampton-based Vets Now and was told to bring Keeper to the out of hours service in the town.
Ms Bostock said: “Originally when I took the call about Keeper I assumed the injury sounded worse than it would look – we get a lot of stick injuries of this kind in the area.
“However when I examined him it was clear that this had been particularly traumatic. Whatever had impaled him had gone through the flank and into the thigh missing the femoral artery by a millimetre. He was terrifyingly close to losing his leg, or even dying from blood loss.”
Keeper was given pain relief immediately upon arrival – but the hole in his side was too big to simply just close up.
Ms Bostock said: “Once I was able to control the damage I knew that it would be it a lot less traumatic for both Keeper and his owner if I could repair the wound right there in the clinic.”
The emergency surgery was a success and after an overnight stay at the Northampton clinic where he was tended to by Vets Now nurse Sarah Rance, Keeper was ready to return home.
Mr O’Keefe said: “That night was one of the hardest nights of my life. It was the first time I’d been separated from Keeper since he was a pup – he’s my family, we do everything together.”
Keeper has made a quick recovery and Seamus has had to restrain the lurcher’s buoyancy in order to make sure the healing process isn’t disrupted.
He said: “It’s ridiculous – he was impaled on a stick and five days later I have to stop him jumping on the sofa. I honestly thought I had lost him that night – I’m so glad to still have him.
“Vets Now saved Keeper’s life that night, there’s no doubt about it. Words can’t describe how grateful I am.”