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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by murphystale, Mar 29, 2011.


  1. murphystale

    murphystale PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Everyone,
    I am new to this forum and would be very grateful if you could please take the time to read it and vist Murphy's page on facebook the pictures are VERY SHOCKING but I want to make people aware of what can go wrong and ultimately end a beautiful puppy's life, here is the link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Murph...869379?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.

    Since posting this message Murphy's tale has already saved 2 dogs. What is even more disturbing is that one of the vets said that this is becoming normal practise after a TPLO and other leg operations
     
  2. noushka05

    noushka05 Unicorn denier. Snowflake. Activist ;)

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    omg how awful im so sorry:(
     
  3. rona

    rona Guest

    Thank you for posting this very important advice.
    Our Chessie was in leg bandages for several months and one of the nurses that bandaged him did it too tight, luckily we became aware of this after a couple of days and removed the bandage and took him back to the vet.
    I think that part of the problem is bandaging is being left to trainees etc.
     
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