Decubital Ulcer Repair with MicroLyte Vet

Laborador mix treated by SPCA of Northern Nevada and finds a new home

On April 7, 2021, a male labrador mix named Zags, 70 pounds, arrived at the SPCA of Northern Nevada with a sore on his left hip, a bump on his left hip, and hair loss on his tail. On intake, tests and treatments began, including blood work, radiographs, wound culture, and surgery. Dr. Christina Hansen, the Lead Veterinarian at SPCA of Northern Nevada, led his care.

On the 27th of April, Zags was adopted out. His wounds were completely healed by the end of May, after a few follow-up appointments.

April 9th

On April 9th, cultures were submitted and debridement/scrubbing with chlorhexidine was conducted. Entederm was applied and the wound was covered. The laboratory results revealed the following isolates:

  1. Morganella morganii – 1+
  2. Neisseria sp. – 1+
  3. Enterococcus faecium – 1+

Cephalexin 750 mg PO BID x 14 days was prescribed pending culture results, Proviable caps x 30 days were prescribed. After culture results were returned, Enroflaxicin x10 days was prescribed.

April 10th

Vitals were thin, primary concern a cough – believed to be kennel cough. The patient was started on Doxycycline 10mg/kg PO q 24 for 10 days.

April 15th

Surgery to repair the decubital pressure sore was conducted:

Ulcer was debrided with #15 blade down to fresh, clean, bleeding tissue. The wound was flushed with sterile saline. MicroLyte Vet antimicrobial film applied to wound. Wet-to-dry bandage placed on top of wound and covered with a lap sponge and held on with a tie-over bandage. Stay sutures placed with 0 monosorb and umbilical taped used to secure the bandage.

Medical record entry, Dr. Christina Hansen
Ulcer before debridement – April 15th
Ulcer after debridement – April 15th
Ulcer with MicroLyte Vet – April 15th

April 21st

Six days after the initial treatment with MicroLyte Vet, the patient was sedated for a bandage change.

Removed old bandage. Gauze removed from wound with sterile saline. Re-applied a new piece of Microlyte Vet film. Wet-to-dry bandage placed.

Medical record entry, Dr. Christina Hansen
Wound Status – April 21st
Wound with MicroLyte Vet – April 21st

April 23rd – May 4th

Sedated exams to change the bandage and re-apply MicroLyte Vet:

April 23rd
April 27th
May 4th

Final Care – May 4 – June 3, 2021

Throughout the month of May, Zags was treated by his new owners, who were instructed to administer Enrofloxacin for a week and Proviable until the supply was gone. On June 3rd, we received the following photo from the new owners:

Zags is completely healed by June 3rd – and in a new home!

Another happy ending, thanks to great veterinary care that included MicroLyte Vet!

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