A dog named Rusty had 4 reconstructive surgeries and looks like a different dog

Posted by hendrickandco 10/25/2018 0 Comment(s) Animal Stories,

Rusty came to The Arrow Fund from Daviess County, Kentucky with a gunshot wound to the head. He has a gaping hole in his muzzle. Rusty needed to be stabilized that first night he arrived to be ready for his first surgery.

rusty healedRusty had surgery at Bannon Woods Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Adrienne Robertson was his surgeon. After being sedated, the long process of debridement of the tissue began. His skull was literally riddled Gunshot wounds.

Then reconstructive process began. The muzzle, nasal cavity, etc was recreated and draining tubes were inserted. Rusty also had metal imbedded in his gut, causing blood in his stool and pain.

The best news is Rusty has been released from Bannon Woods Veterinary Hospital into his foster home, with the Aguiar family, to continue his recovery from a gunshot wound to the face. He spent over a month in the hospital. Rusty had 4 reconstructive surgeries to repair the communication between his soft palate and his sinus cavity, along with the placement of mesh. After the mesh allowed for some skin regrowth in the roof of his mouth, he underwent what should be the last procedure to make a skin-to-skin repair. Rusty is eating like a champ and is up to 55 pounds.

He continues to be on twice daily antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and nose spray. He is being showered with love and is learning to trust again. Rusty grows stronger each day while he runs and plays with his foster brothers and sister, including The Arrow Fund's blind lab mix puppy, Rocky.

Rusty was saved by our friends at The Arrow Fund. He has one more surgery left if you can support The Arrow Fund please do so. Once he is healed then Rusty will be looking for his forever home. This pup has a lot of love to give and will make the perfect family member. If interested please contact The Arrow Fund https://thearrowfund.org/

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