An elderly dog receives an extreme, life-saving makeover!
When Sammy was first evaluated by our veterinary team at the San Jose Animal Shelter, the tip of his tail was black and necrotic. Something had happened to Sammy to injure his tail – perhaps a crushing injury – yet he was a stray cat, and our team knew nothing about his history. The only thing we knew was that he had previously been through a Trap-Neuter-Return program as he was already neutered and had an ear notch on his left ear.
Although Sammy wasn’t fond of us examining his tail, he did have a tendency to lick and chew at it, so we placed an e-collar around his neck to prevent him from causing himself further damage or pain.
Once it was clear that Sammy didn’t have an owner coming for him and he was now the property of the shelter, the veterinary team took Sammy to surgery to amputate the damaged part of his tail.
Under general anesthesia, the team shaved Sammy’s tail and realized that the damaged portion was a lot larger than they had previously thought. Sammy’s tail was crushed starting at about half way down his tail, not just at the tip. Despite this revelation, the plan for surgery remained unchanged. The only aspect that changed is that more of the tail would be removed.
After surgery, Sammy recovered from anesthesia and surgery and went on to find a forever home with his new bob-tail look.