Courageous Carter

Tash Kirk

One of the biggest and most memorable nursing experiences I have had since joining Totally Vets was with a dog called Carter.

Carter came to us on an early Monday morning back in November after being involved in a car accident.  He had multiple scrapes and abrasions to his feet, legs and belly, and it was obvious from that moment that he was going to be with us for a while. We immediately connected him up to IV fluids to help treat him for shock, and soon started the routine that I got to know very well - regular bandage changes on his wounds.

Due to the severity of his wounds and the fact that there had been such an impact to his body we decided to x-ray his back legs, which were the most damaged.  Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you see it) he managed to escape with only two broken toes! After surgery to amputate them it was recovery time; which included a lot of TLC, bandage changes and the occasional Duck Deluxe treat!

Carter fast became a favourite of all the staff, myself included, for he was always happy to see you and never put up a fuss when it came to the third bandage change of the day. A rep for Royal Canin was visiting the clinic one day when she got talking to one of the staff, who mentioned Carter and how great he had been... and she so kindly gave him two giant bags of Skin Support food to help him on his road to recovery.

After two weeks of being in hospital full-time, Carter finally got to go home... and with the continued care from his great family Carter's recovery skyrocketed. 

We still got to see him once a week for check-ups and he was always happy to come back and hang out with us for a day - mainly for the Duck Deluxe treats of course!

Carter before & after