“Honey”, named by her new foster mother, has had a long hard day. APA! rescued her out of the shelter this afternoon where she went to get her wounds assessed at a local vet clinic. The wounds were severe and it is pretty likely that she was burned with a chemical.
Under anesthesia, the wounds were cleaned extensively and the edges were brought closer together. We think that the wounds on her back are going to heal pretty well with time (and antibiotics, bandage changes, and pain killers) but we are very concerned about her back foot. The burn is so deep that it exposes the bone. We are going to perform daily “wet to dry” bandages that we hope will stimulate the tissue to grow and heal the opening. The worry is that she may need to have the leg amputated.
Honey is a very sweet dog and is handling this all very well. Her foster is wonderful and she is in good hands. I am so happy that she did not die under these circumstances. It is hard to think about the extent of the injuries but it is comforting to know that she is going to have a long happy life with her new family (we are accepting adoption inquiries now even though she needs more time before being adopted).
She seems to be a survivor though: under all of her burns we found a pellet from a previous pellet gun wound. She has been through a lot and has kept a wonderful spirit the entire time.