Zeke is no longer available for adoption. He is staying with the “Pack” at Freckled Paws. We simply have to much of our hearts invested in his recovery to let him go at this time. Thank you to all who applied to adopt him as well as those who kept Zeke in their prayers, thoughts and well wishes. Zeke is completed healed at this time and looking forward to all the action at the Freckled Paws Daycare/Boarding Facility.
Jennifer just happened to walk over to the vet clinic, where she works on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this past Friday. Upon her arrival, she was greeted by an incoming emergency case involving a Golden Retriever. Zaphod just had his 5th birthday May 9.
Zaphod had spent his life on an outdoor run, consisting of a overhead, plastic coated cable stretching the length of his backyard. He was attached to the overhead cable by a 20′, plastic coated cable allowing him to run a large part of his backyard.
At some point the plastic coating closest to his collar had worn off and the cable had wrapped around his neck. The post photograph shows the extent of Zaphod’s injury after the cable was surgically removed from his neck. Actually, the photograph doesn’t do justice to the injuries compared to seeing them in person. Zaphod is just beginning his long road to recovery.
My wife, Jennifer, spoke with the owners and told them if they weren’t able to care for Zaphod they could surrender him to us. An hour, or so after Jennifer first met Zaphod, the owners realized the huge task ahead for them and Zaphod. The doctor made it clear to them Zaphod needed to be kept inside until his wounds healed. After careful consideration, Zaphod’s owners decided to surrender him to our care.
The wound was left open to promote healing and guard against infection. The doctor decided the wound needed air circulation. We took Zaphod in Friday afternoon and began his treatment. We started with an injection of antibiotic. He also takes oral antibiotics twice daily.
In addition, we clean the wounds with sterile saline then pack the largest wound (approximately 4 inches long and one inch deep) with “Freckled Paws Wound Butter”. Finally, the entire shaved portion of his neck is covered with Freckled Paws Wound Butter. Freckled Paws Wound Butter is our latest, all natural product set to be released as soon as the product labels are completed. Although, Zaphod is not out of the woods yet, his recovery has been remarkable to this point. All the swelling and redness are gone. There is no more puss oozing from the wounds. The wounds are healing nicely and there is no sign of infection. We’ll have the doctor examine him tomorrow and see if there is any change in his treatment plan.
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As you can see, Zaphod, we call him Zeke, is in good spirits and hasn’t lost his sense of humor. He gets along with other dogs very well. We are still learning his personality, as we have only had him a couple of days. He does exhibit a typical Golden Retriever personality, though. He also has AKC Papers although he has been neutered.
Zeke will be remaining with us until he is completely healed. If you think you might like to give Zaphod/Zeke a good home, you can stop by to meet him at Freckled Paws K9 Hostel, 1028 Main St, Corvallis, MT or you can call us (406) 375-5369 to make an appointment or application.
We, at Freckled Paws, will make the final determination as to Zeke’s new home, which could include him remaining with us as part of our pack.