On April 21st, U.S. Wolf Refuge pack member Shadow came to stay with us due to a severe ear infection he had. He was brought to us because he is so shy and does not let many people get close to him so getting his ear washed and treated twice a day was a challenge. He had warmed up to my niece, Kelly-girl, on visits up to refuge so we offered to take care of him until his ear issue could be resolved.
Dr. Sue Buxton of Companion Animal Mobile Vet had been checking in on Shadow and after examinations and tests, it was determined that he needed to have surgery to remove a hard mass in his ear canal that was close to his eardrum, with an infection behind it, that could not heal as the mass was blocking it. Dr Sue called on Dr. Clare Gregory, a specialist in the U.S. to do the surgery. I knew Dr. Gregory as he had re-built both back legs (a few years apart) of one of my wolf-dogs, Hoku, a few years back. We were lucky to have him available to us thru Dr. Sue.
On June 1st, Shadow had his surgery in Dr. Sue's mobile clinic. Dr. Gregory determined, after starting the operation, that the best course would be to completely remove Shadow's ear canal. Doing this eliminated any chance of another tumor growing back and having to deal with the problem again and a shorter and less painful recovery. The downside, he is now deaf in his right ear.
Shadow came thru the surgery like a champ. He is healed, his hair is growing back and he is happy to be pain free. He has adjusted to hearing out of one ear. He is returning to the refuge tomorrow (June 27th) and will be running around his large enclosure with Nala and Niko once again.
I am so happy that we were able to assist in Shadow's care and will miss his beautiful howl every night. He has been accepted by our pack here and they will miss him as well.
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A hui hou (Till we meet again)Shadow! Dawnie, Dave, Kelly-girl, Liam, Ma and the pack