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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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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from bigbutterflycount.org/.

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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New appointment at Dechra

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd (Dechra) has announced a key appointment to support veterinary professionals across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Hockley has been appointed as a telesales account manager and will provide the latest products, news and developments from Dechra. She joins the company from a large mixed practice in Northern Ireland where she was the branch manager.

Before that, Karen had worked for a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company as a key account manager for Northern Ireland. She can be contacted at karen.hockley@dechra.com or 087 219 54 30.