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Open Wound- WARNING: Graphic Content
Breed: Domestic Shorthair (feline)
Sex: Male, Neutered
Weight: Approx. 10 lbs
Evaluation date/beginning of therapy: 1/29/11
After a routine dentistry, Buffy developed a thick scab on his left lateral abdomen area caused by the heating pad. The scab broke open 2 days later leaving Buffy with a large open wound. Buffy also has diabetes so his regular veterinarian was hesitant to try to debride or surgically repair the wound.
Condition / Diagnosis / Findings
Large open wound on left lateral abdomen; diabetic
More rapid healing of the wound; avoid the need for surgery
Course of Therapy
Buffy received Laser IV treatments 2 times a week for a total of 12 treatments. His owner used a smaller hand-held laser at home daily.
On 2/28/11 Buffy was re-examined by Dr. Browne and the wound was much improved. The recommendation was to discontinue with the Laser IV treatments and to continue to use the portable laser at home for 1 additional week.
Progress to Date
Owner was very pleased with the results obtained using the Laser IV. Buffy was doing well, eating well and overall feeling much better.
Weight: 1060 lb
Age: 9 years
Date of Injury: 5/24/17
Date of Therapy Initiation: 5/29/17
History: On May 24, 2017 Adagio came across a stray wire in the woods, and sustained a degloving injury to his right hind cannon bone. This removed the skin, muscle, and tendons at this area.
Condition: Degloving wound to left hind cannon bone
Course of Therapy: Adagio was maintained on strict stall rest, antibiotics, and bandage changes every 2-3 days. Adagio received four LASER IV treatments to the injury. Unfortunately, as a result of the high-mobility of the area, the sutures were unable to hold the incision shut. As LASER IV cannot be applied through bandages, it was decided that Adagio start receiving treatments with the Assisi Loop. This is a therapeutic modality using pulsed electromagnetic field technology. Similar to the LASER, it aids in increased healing speeds, increased blood flow to the area, and decreased pain and inflammation. However, different from the LASER, the Assisi loop is effective THROUGH bandages. This allowed the owner to treat Adagio’s wound 1-2 times daily. After 6 treatments, the wound had stopped dehiscing, and tissue had grown in to cover the exposed bone.
Progress Evaluation: On 7/16/17, only 7 weeks after his injury, Adagio was cleared for turn out once again. He has full function of the leg, and is able to walk, trot, and canter around his field happily. The owner continues using the Assisi loop every other day in combination with anti-proud-flesh treatments. An injury that generally takes 6-12 months to recover from is nearly healed after only 7 weeks.