Sampson is a very handsome boy who came to see us this month after he had been playing chicken with a car.
Unfortunately for Sampson, this was not the first time he had done this. Years ago he was rescued by Philippa, who used to be a vet with us at Manningham Vet Clinic, after another incident with a motor vehicle. On this previous occasion Philippa performed surgery on his hip and front leg.
This time Sampson again needed surgery. He had fractured his tibia (or shin bone) and pelvis and damaged his front teeth. Sampson was placed on a drip and given an anaesthetic so we could give him an x-ray without it causing pain. We then gave him some pain relief to keep him comfortable.
The injuries that he had sustained required specialist surgery so the following day he was taken to see a specialist. He had a plate placed in his tibia and his pelvic bone and had a screw placed in it.
He is home now, comfortably recovering. Sampson requires strict rest for the next 5 to 7 weeks in a crate. Luckily for him he is still able to do his favourite thing of monitoring the chickens in the yard from his crate.