Accidents happen. Even if we try our best to provide the best care and supervision of our beloved pets, there are things that we cannot control which can lead to a compromise in our pet’s health. When dogs are hit by cars, this is dealt with as an emergency case. Depending on the intensity of the hit, a dog can suddenly die due to internal hemorrhage or cardiovascular shock due to losing a lot of blood from the wound. Every second is crucial and a veterinarian must immediately see your dog.
Last Thursday night in Los Angeles, California, police were chasing a white Chevrolet Astro van which was allegedly stolen. The chase was followed by cameras and media on helicopters as it pressed on for an hour. Looking very much like a scene in a James Bond movie, every eye was glued on the intense bumping and swerving of police cars and the vehicle in question. Then suddenly, a little four legged creature that was walking down the street was hit by the stolen vehicle. The animal apparently was able to run home and was found whimpering inside the bathroom. Gordo, the lucky Maltese suffered a deep wound on his thigh and xray revealed a crushed pelvic bone. Attending veterinarians were surprised to see Gordo dealing with his wounds pretty well. After his owner decided not to amputate his limb and bet on luck, he went through a two hour surgery to correct his damaged pelvis. Not all dogs can survive a car accident. Gordo was fortunate that he didn’t suffer from internal hemorrhage and that his organs were intact. He was even luckier because he didn’t lose too much blood because the wounds caused by the spinning tire of the van were cauterized by the heat of the same tire – generated from the long and fast vehicular chase. If it was not that blazing hot, Gordo had a less likely chance of making it. Described as a rockstar by his veterinarians because he is quickly responding to his surgical treatment, Gordo is now doing well and is on his way to recovery to walking, running and jumping again.