Puppy hit by car, receives emergency treatment at CLAW

Young puppy Bruno was brought into the clinic after being hit by a car. He was treated at CLAW and the reunited with his owners, who are now more cautious about opening and closing their gate.Every rescue is different at Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW), with animals often being brought in with extensive injuries. This was the case for a puppy named Bruno. Thankfully, CLAW was able to assist Bruno, who was brought in after being hit by a car.

CLAW vet Marike Calitz answered the CLAW emergency phone and the started preparing for an emergency patient. A puppy had been hit by a car and had a severe injury to his front leg.

She awaited the arrival of David Khoza, a long time driver for CLAW, and the puppy, not knowing how badly the puppy was injured.

David hurriedly walked into the CLAW clinic, gently cradling the injured puppy, who was wide eyed and visibly in pain. He had run out the front gate of his home and been hit by a passing vehicle. The owner managed to bandage the wound as best he could. Angela Voyiatzakis, volunteer vet nurse, assessed the puppy and removed the bandage. The young pup, named Bruno, suffered a severe de-gloving injury where the skin was removed from the front right leg. He was promptly given pain medication and anti-biotics, then his wound was cleaned.

Bruno, treated for an injury sustained after being hit by a car, rests his head on a table during his treatment at CLAW.

Young Bruno’s injury was extensive. His wound began at the tips of his toes and ended just top of his elbow. Angela settled Bruno into CLAW staff member Cedric Majakwara’s arms. Bruno, while clearly in pain, cuddled up to Cedric, finding comfort in Cedric’s gentle strokes. Bruno, though overwhelmed by his experience from the day, never once attempted to bite or growl.

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Once the wound was cleaned, it was gently bandaged. Bruno was then carefully placed in a hospital kennel and fed. He slept soundly the rest afternoon.  

Young Bruno rolls on his back, playing in his cage while recovering at CLAW from his de-gloving injury.

Later, Marike received a worried call from the owners wanting to know the status of Bruno’s condition. CLAW was their only hope. On hearing that Bruno would be fine but needed to stay at the clinic, the owners were elated to know that their beloved pet was safe and well.  Within 2 weeks Bruno’s wound had healed sufficiently for him to go home. He is healing well and his owners are now more cautious about opening and closing the gate while he is in the front yard.


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