Chunk has had a rather rough start to her young life. Chunk, an adventurous 4 week old female Staffordshire terrier cross, was outside exploring the back yard while her owners were chopping some wood. Unexpectedly, a piece of wood went flying and landed on one of Chunk's feet. The wood caused a deep laceration and crushed the surrounding tissue. Chunk's owners brought her immediately to the clinic for examination.
Chunk was prepared for surgery. Anaesthesia in young patients such as Chunk carries some additional risks but with the appropriate caution these risks are easily minimised. Chunk's anaesthesia was very smooth and her digit was amputated just above the joint. Chunk has shown herself to be a remarkably brave young patient, and within a couple of days was back to her normal self. As Chunk is such a young pup, her foot should heal quickly, and the injury should have no significant implications for the long term use of this limb.