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Vets perform life-saving facial reconstruction
Within just two days, Bella was able to eat wet foods and did not need extra pain relief, so her owners were able to manage her pain at home.

Puppy’s mid-face rebuilt after motorbike accident 

Vets in Derby have performed life-saving facial reconstruction on a puppy that was hit by a motorbike.

Young German shepherd Bella suffered severe head injuries following the collision last October. Vets at Pride Veterinary Centre said the extent of her injuries were not immediately apparent.

Senior surgeon Rosario Vallefuoco said: “Her fur covered a lot of the damage and remarkably she wasn’t showing any neurological deficits nor had any severe injuries elsewhere. She also had no breathing issues, but she was bleeding from her nose which indicated facial trauma.”

After Bella was stabilised a CT scan of her head revealed severely comminuted maxilla-facial fractures, with her nose and part of her skull being completely displaced. In addition, small pieces of bone from her nose and skull were loose.

After two days in intensive care, surgeons began work to stabilise Bella’s jaw and palate using an interdental wire frame and dental resin. Titanium mesh was used to stabilise the fractures and rebuild her mid-face. Finally, the team removed all loose bone fragments to avoid any long-term complications.

Within just two days, Bella was able to eat wet foods and did not need extra pain relief, so her owners were able to manage her pain at home. Two weeks later, her stitches were removed, and after a further four weeks, the dental frame was also removed.

Rosario added: “Bella will have another CT scan later this month to check on her progress, but so far the mesh isn’t causing her any problems and her teeth and jaw close perfectly again. She is doing extremely well and cosmetically, you would never know she had been in such an accident.”

Images © Scarsdale Vets

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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