Whippet puppy undergoes emergency surgery to remove 2ft tree branch in leg

Whippet puppy escapes death after emergency surgery to remove a 2 foot long branch that was tripped in a forest in one of the most dramatic cases the vet has ever seen

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES
  • Whippet puppy Roxy was walking through the woods in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • Pup managed to land on a branch, which then reared up and impaled her
  • Senior vet Anna Moran removed the branch from the animal’s leg
  • Says the stick was only a fraction of the way to sever a large artery in Roxy’s leg

One puppy escaped death by millimeters after a 2-foot branch was torn through her leg after it was trapped in her right thigh.

Whippet Roxy was running through the woods in Tunbridge Wells, Kent when she stumbled and landed on a thick branch which then reared up and impaled her hind leg.

She was taken to a nearby veterinary office, where the emergency team somehow managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging the artery or nerve.

The stick was only a fraction of the way to sever a large artery in the animal’s leg, and Anna, who runs Vets Now’s local emergency clinic, said It was one of the most dramatic nights of her 12 year career as a vet nurse.

Whippet Roxy was running through the woods in Tunbridge Wells, Kent when she stumbled and landed on a thick branch which then reared up and impaled her hind leg

Roxy sustained the injury jumping in and out between the trees during a forest walk, and despite her injury, the brave bitch managed to drag herself back onto a path.  She is pictured in the forest before the injury

Roxy sustained the injury jumping in and out in the trees during a forest walk, and despite her injury, the brave bitch managed to pull herself back onto a path. She is pictured in the forest before the injury

“In all of my time with animals, I’ve never seen anything like it.” She said. “It was quite an extraordinary case, as the photos show.

“But amazingly, and probably against all odds, our vet Peter was able to remove the stick without harming Roxy, and she was healthy enough to run the next morning.

“Roxy’s owners thought they were going to lose her, but her case shows that even in the darkest of situations, if you act quickly, there is always cause for hope.”

Roxy sustained the injury while shooting back and forth between the trees during a forest walk, and despite her injury, the brave puppy managed to drag himself back to a path where her owners found her and shoveled her up.

The stick was only a fraction of the way to sever a large artery in the animal's leg

The stick was only a fraction of the way to sever a large artery in the animal’s leg

Roxy was taken to a nearby veterinary office, where the emergency team somehow managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging the artery or nerve

Roxy was taken to a nearby veterinary office, where the emergency team somehow managed to surgically remove the stick without damaging the artery or nerve

They carried her half a mile to her car and then immediately headed to the Vets Now Emergency Clinic, where Anna, Peter and their team anaesthetized Roxy before severing the branch on either side.

Then they began the nerve-wracking task of pulling the rest out, knowing that if it cracked, the consequences could be dire.

Fortunately, they were able to remove it entirely and then went to work flushing bits of bark from the entry and exit wounds.

Roxy was locked up overnight for observation – and to Anna’s surprise, she recovered faster than expected.

The next morning, Roxy was taken to her day vets before she was allowed home.

Fortunately, vets were able to remove it entirely and then went to work flushing bits of bark from the entry and exit wounds

Fortunately, vets were able to remove it entirely and then went to work flushing bits of bark from the entry and exit wounds

Within a few days she was completely normal again – she was doing “zoomies”, which ran at high speed in ever smaller circles with frantically wagging tails and sniffed for food for a hundred paces.

Anna said: “We’re all so happy that Roxy has recovered so well, she was a nice little figure who made a big impression on us all.

“The branch had passed through the quadriceps, narrowly missed a large artery, and came to rest directly on the sciatic nerve before exiting the caudal aspect of the thigh.

“What an incredible escape she had! She is a very happy and very brave puppy. ‘

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