Clinic Stories

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We are always entranced by the wizardry of our wonderful Dr V & want to share the patients stories with you. Some of the images are graphic but fascinating. The stories are always difficult & upsetting. We survive the daily sorrows that come with each patient by holding on to the fact that we all give them hope. They come to us, they are made whole again & they are safe. Thank you for helping us to help them.

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Pamuk’s Story

Pamuk is a dog with some known history, he had been lovingly cared for by an animal advocate in Turkey who we are honoured to call our friend. Like lots of homeless dogs Pamuk came & went, sometimes a couple of weeks would pass while he was away on an adventure but he always returned to his carer who has known him all his life.

Nilufer checks the kennels & the accommodation blocks several times a day for any signs of illness in the dogs. She noticed that Pamuk’s face looked a bit swollen & he had a runny nose. She messaged me to say that she was taking him to Dr V that morning.

The rate of swelling to poor Pamuks face increased as did the discharge from his nose. You will also notice the redness & black areas in his eyes.

Dr V told us that tests confirmed lead poisoning & x-rays showed the presence of bullets in Pamuk’s body. But the bullets & lead poisoning were not the only issues our lovely old boy had been battling with. Dr V could feel a mass in his nose which he aspirated. More x-rays were taken.

The x-rays showed masses in the sinuses, nostril & the roots of many teeth. Many of Pamuk’s teeth were cracked, broken & missing & his gums were oozing. He also had a huge bulge in the roof of his mouth. Pamuk had been living with these problems for a long time. His carer had noticed that his eyes were red but that is all. We suspect that his condition deteriorated rapidly due to the lead poisoning. So many ailments in a geriatric street dog would be very demanding on his body.

The images make his condition look far worse than it was due to the dye used for the aspiration & the bleeding caused by taking a sample for study.

Many of our dogs have very poor oral health. While Pamuk was given suitable food by his carer, she wouldn’t know what he was eating while away on one of his frequent adventures. Our cat Tigger was only 4 when he came to us from Istanbul & had to have a significant number of teeth removed due to eating out of bins in the city.

That bulge in the roof of pamuk’s mouth was a worry & one that kept us awake at night. Dr V had to treat Pamuk’s oral infections with antibiotics & build Pamuk’s strength up before surgery could begin. It was a tense time for everybody. Pamuk is not a young dog, he has just turned nine. We know this because his previous carer has known him since he was a puppy.

I was particularly concerned about Pamuk’s pain control & quality of life while he endured the four surgeries needed to repair the damage the infections and tumours had done to his mouth and nose. Dr V assured me that he was comfortable & as high as a kite the whole time which pleased me greatly. One of the things we love about Dr V is his sensitivity to his patients, sadly not every vet I have met is as considerate.

Pamuk was unable to eat after his surgeries & was tube fed for a time. Ten days later he was able to eat normally & his cone was removed. He still has some healing to do & the fur on his face needs to grow back.

On the streets without a carer Pamuk would have died slowly from the lead poisoning, infection & tumours. With our help he will live the remainder of his life in pain free comfort even if he now has to have a soft diet it is a very small price to pay.

We are delighted that his tumours were not malignant. If they had been the prognosis would have been very poor and we would most likely, after gathering, agreed to let him go peacefully on his way to the bridge.

We are so happy with the outcome for Pamuk & will watch him with a smile when he comes home.


Orla’s Story

Orla is one of three siblings known to us as the three golden puppies. You may know that they came to us when we rescued Georgie & her puppies. They had been living in a garbage dump in Iznik. Garbage dump dogs are our biggest worry. They live in human detritus, the filth that we generate & toss away.

Many homeless dogs are attracted to the dumps to scavenge on food scraps while others are deliberately sent there to die by municipalities.

It is absolutely heartbreaking to watch these beautiful souls picking their way through old food containers, lying on dirty nappies & sanitary towels, walking on used condoms, mothers carving out nests for their babies in the towers of rubbish, lining them with plastic bags.

In the UK we talk a lot about the importance of high welfare breeding to make sure that puppies have the best start in life.

I weep when I see what our babies are born in to. No dog should struggle so hard just to stay alive.

Now that I have that off my chest I will talk about our puppy. A female who needs a name & a sponsor. We need sponsors to help us give the pups that fighting chance that they need. Sponsors help us to pay for parasite treatments & vaccinations. Sponsors help us to maintain kennels to give them shelter & decent food to fill their tummies.

Orla stopped eating & had the runs. Always a worrying situation in any young dog which warrants vet attention. Tests were carried out & proved infection with a parasite called giardia most likely picked up from a contaminated water source at the dump. A contagious infection that sometimes causes very little in the way of symptoms & often clears up on its own although reinfection can happen.

Our little one also tested positive for e.canis, spread by the bite of a tick, e.canis is beginning to be the bane of my life. I wonder if there is a dog in the whole of Turkey that hasn’t had it.

Orla had other siblings who were rescued by one of our rescue friends in Turkey. I contacted them right away with the information & they told us that some but not all of the siblings were also affected by giardia. Rubbish dumps really aren’t the best place for pups to be born.

Orla began treatment right away & has picked up very quickly. She is back at home with us & her little family with no more runny bottom or nasty tummy ache.

Her vet bill was £248 which we were able to pay with Medina’s #MoveItForDogs sponsorship money. If you contributed to her fundraiser thank you very much for making our little golden girl better & thank you Medina & dad for doing those extra steps.


Morris’s story

Morris was found to have dirofilaria (heartworm) & ehrlichiosis. Both are easily preventable with monthly treatments. Both diseases cause significant damage to dogs & seen very frequently in dogs who come to the clinic for help.

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Please see here for information on canine ehrlichiosis here

The CDC also have an excellent resource on ehrlichiosis which can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/ehrlichiosis/index.html

We needed to treat Morris for heartworm & E.canis & get some weight on him before we could begin to think about fixing his leg. Without treating his other conditions before surgery we would have been putting him in a dangerous position in regard to the operation itself & surgery.

The break in Morris’s leg is old & the bones have fused. Morris will need to have the bone broken again & pinned. Following that surgery he will need a course of physiotherapy at the clinic in Canakkale before he can be discharged in to our care & placed back in to general population.

Morris 26/04/2022 gaining weight, much happier & his fur is growing back.

Olive

Olive was found in a state of shock barely able to walk with concussion & two old bullets retained causing lead poisoning. She had taken a beating to the head resulting in a bleed.

She was hospitalised in ICU, given oxygen, treated for blood loss & concussion.

Patient when found

X-rays revealed the presence of two bullets, tests proved lead poisoning.

The following videos show her progression through treatment.


She was discharged on 19/04 with medication & needs to return to clinic to have the bullets removed.

She is extremely worried about people & even unsure of other dogs at this moment in time. She has fear aggression, which is hardly surprising given what she has been through at the hands of humans.

We recently built three kennel blocks due to having to accomodate the 5 pitbull emergencies from Canakkale. She is in one of these blocks at the moment until she feels a bit safer.


Bello’s Surgery

Bello came to us after being abandoned on the side of the road in Yalova. Nilufer noticed that one of his eyes was inflamed & had a discharge. Dr V ran a full blood panel which came back negative ruling out disease. On examination it was noticed that the eyelashes were turning in & while doing so scratching the eye. This condition is known as entropion eye.

Before & immediately after surgery

The stitches are removed


Ayla’s Surgery

Ayla is a young dog who came in unable to stand, she had been hit by a car & was found to have three broken bones. Two breaks in one limb & one break in another.


Dr V gave Ayla pain relief, later he began a series of 3 operations to repair her broken bones with pins.

Snippets from Ayla’s Surgery


One Day After Surgery
Three Days After Surgery