Disable Dog Was To Be Euthanized Because He Couldn't Eat, But It Turned Out That The Problem Could Be Fixed

December 17, 2018

Many of us know a little about scars, but like most things, there's still a lot we don't know.

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The gist about scar tissue

Cuts and wounds separate layers of skin, muscle, tendons, ligament, fat, and other tissues. The myofibroblasts in your body then produce collagen which knits soft tissue together to close the wound. Scars are permanent, but some minor ones fade until they become nearly invisible.

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Scars are produced in and out, and usually, the cells work quietly and efficiently to heal them. However, these repair cells sometimes overreact and produce more collagen than usual, causing pain, ridges, the skin to tighten, and limited movement.

In case of painful scarring, a physical therapist can help make things less painful often by prescribing special exercises or scar massage therapy. Always talk to your doctor to know how scarring can be minimized.

Squish's story

According to Dodo, in April 2016, at just four months old, Squish was left at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Ohio, USA. He was unique, and you could tell at one glance.

He had a face deformation that vets said was the result of an infection from a dog bite. He couldn't even open his mouth eat, but even then he remained energetic and loving.

After the prescribed antibiotics didn't work, doctors decided that it would be best to put him down, as it was better than letting him suffer.

Luckily, Squish's fate met a turning point. Before he was to be euthanized, he was sent to get an X-ray which changed everything.

As it turned out, his blemish wasn't the result of an infected bite. Instead, he had suffered a fracture which affected his skull and upper right jaw, and the deformation was as a result of scar tissue.

The solution could be found in extensive surgical procedures, but with no one to pay for it, things still looked bleak.

Fortunately for Squish, Danielle Boyd, an intern at the shelter, took him home and fell in love with his energy. She and Eileen Heldmann, the vet who first examined him, were determined not to let him be put down.

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Eileen operated on Squish, and it was a success!

Now, Squish can eat and even pick up a ball! He spends time cuddled up with Danielle, as happy as he's always been.

Taking care of disabled pets

Just like humans, there are pets with special needs and taking care of them can bring you great joy as their human. Here are some tips on how that can be done:

1. Develop a routine: This will make taking care of the pet second nature as you do it repeatedly;

2. Get a second opinion: Make sure you find out all that can be done about your pet’s condition from experts, not just regular vets;

3. Find a support group;

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4. Do extensive research online;

5. Take care of yourself, too.

Now and then things may look bleak, but they did for Squish. We need to be positive to deal with it all and help them live their life to the fullest. We never can tell when a miracle might be nearby.

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