Wabash Gets Well at PVM’s Small Animal Hospital

March 3, 2017

ICU/ECC Technologist Supervisor Tami Lind (center) and Dr. Kristen Marshall (right), senior ECC resident, watch over Wabash he pauses outside the Small Animal Hospital for a photo op with WLFI News 18, which did a story about him on their evening news February 23.

ICU/ECC Technologist Supervisor Tami Lind (center) and Dr. Kristen Marshall (right), senior ECC resident, watch over Wabash as he pauses outside the Small Animal Hospital for a photo op with WLFI News 18, which did a story about him on their evening news February 23.

Last week on a Tuesday night (February 21), just before midnight, Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s Small Animal Hospital received word that a dog had been hit by a car. This dog, named Wabash, suffered many injuries from the impact and was transported by police to the Purdue Animal Emergency Service. On arrival, the emergency and critical care team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students treated Wabash’s immediate injuries and provided pain relief for the animal.

As is typical in these situations, the Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette assumed responsibility for the pet and began searching for his owner, while conferring with the PVM team about treatment.  After Wabash was stabilized, further diagnostic tests were performed to determine the full extent of his injuries. While Wabash had several large wounds and a dislocated hip, he was systemically stable and the medical team concluded that his overall prognosis was good. Wabash underwent anesthesia to replace the hip and to have his wounds cleaned and closed-up. Wabash was back up on his paws just a few days later and recovering well.

However, Wabash’s journey is not yet over. His damaged hip did not remain in place and he will need physical therapy and more surgery to address his dislocated hip. Even so, with his free spirit, Wabash has become a favorite patient among the hospital faculty, staff and students and they expect him to make a full recovery, and go back to his fun-loving life very soon.

The Almost Home Humane Society did locate Wabash's owners but Executive Director Stacy Rogers says they were not able to commit to treating him for his injuries. “Because Wabash will be a long-term project for us and his treatment will be costly, we initiated a ’Wabash Get Well Fund’ to help with the cost of his treatments,” Stacy said. As of yesterday (Thursday, March 2), they already had exceeded their goal of $5,000. Click here for more information about the Almost Home Humane Society’s Wabash Get Well Fund. Click here to view a story about Wabash that aired on WLFI-TV February 23.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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