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Things get a little complicated for Molly...

This week’s courageous pet is Molly, an 11 year old Bichon Frise who recently sought help from Woodcroft Vets following post-operative complications. 

Informative image: White Bichon Frise called MollyOriginally, Molly had been a bit off colour and there was some suspicion that she may be developing a pyometra (womb infection), so an ovariohysterectomy was recommended by her local vet. Unfortunately a few days after surgery, Molly developed an abdominal wall hernia at the operation site and her local vets performed a second surgery to repair this.

Sadly, Molly experienced further problems: she developed an MRSA infection which caused the original wound to open up again. Molly's owners subsequently came to Woodcroft Vets for further assistance. 

 MRSA is usually a human-adapted bacteria and is rarely carried by dogs but can be an opportunistic infection in surgical wounds of dogs. Although the media reports MRSA as a “superbug”, in reality the infection can generally be treated as the bacteria are not normally resistant to all antibiotics. MRSA in dogs is unusual and affected dogs are isolated and barrier nursed to prevent colonisation of the hospital environment. Fortunately Molly’s MRSA was eliminated with an appropriate antibiotic and debridement of the wound. The abdominal wall hernia was repaired by our soft-tissue surgeon and Molly went on to make a rapid and complete recovery.

Thanks to Molly's owner for allowing us to share her story.

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