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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Mrs vw, Mar 29, 2011.


  1. Mrs vw

    Mrs vw PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Everyone,
    I am putting this post up on behalf on my mum, please take the time to read it and vist our page of facebook as they are pictures that will shock you, here is the link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Murp...es/Murphy-a-dogs-tale/178374938869379?sk=info, there is also a link on the pet forum page on face book

    thanks for reading

    This is the story of Murphy an 11 month old Newfondland who lost his life from having his leg bandaged. PLEASE READ IT COULD SAVE YOUR DOG'S LIFE
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    Please read this story about what happened to murphy its a lesson for us all
    I am sorry if these images upset you but this is what happened to my dog Murphy.
    My Newfoundland Murphy was 11 months old when he died. After an operation on his hind leg the vet decided to bandage it fully to give Murphy more stability. After 3 days the bandage was changed and all was fine. The next appointment was scheduled for 7 days. On the 7th day the bandage came off and Murphy’s leg was lacerated and sore. He had suffered loss of circulation to his leg and ended up losing all feeling in his lower leg and toes. The damage was irreversible and Murphy ended up with losing two of his toes and a large ulcerated crater on the top of his leg. We went to see a specialist but all was vain the only answer was amputation but even this was not an option for us because his other leg was weak and unable to take the strain so we had to make that terrible decision and have him put to sleep. Murphy’s death was caused by the inner bandage twisting inside the outer bandage and cutting off his circulation. We did as the vet instructed and checked his bandage daily for any sign of it being too tight or slipping. Murphy did not give any indication that he was in pain except for the night before his bandage was due to be changed he was dragging his back leg. Some vets choose to leave some of the toes open others encase the whole foot. Our vet chose to do the latter. With this type of encasing, the owner can not monitor if there is any swelling in the lower region. However according to the specialist had the toes been exposed or the bandage changed more frequently then Murphy would still be with us. Please do not let Murphy’s death be in vain.
    PLEASE INSIST THAT YOU VET EITHER LEAVES THE TOES OPEN OR CHANGES THE BANDAGE AFTER 3 DAYS OR LESS.
    PLEASE PASS THIS ONTO ALL PET OWNERS AS IT MAY SAVE THEIR PETS LIFE.
     
  2. colliemerles

    colliemerles PetForums VIP

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    oh my , that is so sad, its quite upsetting, but if it can save another animal it is worth reading and reposting,its something i have never come across.
     
  3. Malmum

    Malmum PetForums VIP

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    How sad, poor Murphy and poor you. :(

    Have to say I think the vet was incompetent to have bandaged in this way, he/she should know how tight to bandage a leg and also leave toes exposed - the reason people with broken legs in plaster also have toes exposed.

    Such a terrible tragedy which could have been so easily prevented. My heart goes out to you and your mum and of course poor Murphy. xx
     
  4. Rolosmum

    Rolosmum PetForums VIP

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    Such an awful avoidable thing to happen, thank you for telling us.
     
  5. Cavalierlover123

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    How very sad ! so sorry for your loss !! thank you for sharing it with us, it very sad to read, but if it can help another dog it well worth reading.

    Poor murphy, the pics look so sore ! :( RIP, run free without any pain !
     
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  6. Eroswoof

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    I'm so sorry for you all :( it's really a tragedy

    Em
    xx
     
  7. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    I'm really sorry. My sister almost lost one of hers in similar circumstances and gangrene was setting in.
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Sorry to hear that you lost Murphy at such a young age, especially to something that could have been preventable on the vets part. Thankyou for sharing Murphys story, Im sure that the information may save a lot of other dogs. Its a very fitting tribute to Murphys memory.

    May your spirit run for ever free Murphy.
     
  9. Tigerneko

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    so sorry :(

    this is something i'd never think to check, so if I am ever in that situation with any of my animals, I will learn from this & be extra vigilant.

    Keep spreading the word - Murphy's death will not be in vain :) x
     
  10. murphystale

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    Hi Everyone my name is Sue
    I am Murphy's mum and just want to say a big thank you for taking the time to read his tale and also for all your kind thoughts. Since posting his story on Facebook. Murphy has already saved 2 dogs from certain amputation or even death. One of the dog's had the same vet as Murphy had and the most worrying thing is that he said this is now becoming common procedure when dogs have operations on their legs. So please please tell everyone you know and if you know any other forums please let me know so I can spread the message to all pet owners.
    We put our complete trust and our pets lives in the hands of a vet, complications can and do happen but when these complications are the result of negligence or gross error then something must be done. I was appalled when I got Murphy's records at the treatment he received and I am taking this further but at the moment that's all I can say.
    Again thank you so much for your kind thoughts I know now that Murphy's death although heartbreaking as it was has not been in vain.
     
  11. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Oh my God, how terribly sad, my thoughts are with you. :(

    My pup lacerated his paw and had an enclosed bandage but his brother kept taking it off.

    I think every owner ought to be taught about checking for heat and swelling. How sad. :(
     
  12. newfiesmum

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    I am always devastated to hear about a young newfie losing its life. It brings it home to me just how delicate these great brutes can be. This is awful for you; I know it would break my heart if anything happened to either of mine.
     
  13. Cockerpoo lover

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    So very Sorry to hear about Murphy but how warming to hear that out of tragedy two other dogs lives were saved.

    Thanks for informing us.
     
  14. y2klovebug

    y2klovebug PetForums Junior

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    My dog cut his feet open about 2 and a half weeks ago and they bandaged them up after stitching (obviously had to enclose the toes in this instance) Being a 11 month pup he destroyed the bandages every couple of days so we were in an out of the vets everyother day pretty much but he still got 2 sores on his legs, 1 at the back and one at the front - we are still trying to sort out the one at the front with antibacterial washes and a steriod cream, obviously not as bad as your poor Murphy but im not sure what i could have done differently in this instance? (also we were not told either to look out for heat/swelling)
     
  15. LostGirl

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    I am so sorry you lost mutiny to something that was preventable we put are trust in vets and think they know best :( heartbreaking

    I had something similar with my cat he was skinned on his back legs and tbe first time they bandaged him his toes swelled an amazing amount and they were boiling to touch, but it seemed to be the pressure of tbe bandage on his foot when standing he had them changed every 2 days under sedation tho because of the open wounds etc
     
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