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Elizabeth Engall, a veterinary Medicine student, tends to Lad. Lad, a Rough Collie, is at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis. Lad lost his lower jaw to a gun shot. Doctors plan to do work that will improve the dog's life. Photo taken on Monday, March 17, 2014.

Surgery for wounded collie at UC Davis to be delayed

Published: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 - 10:51 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 - 7:57 am

An operation by UC Davis veterinarians to partially reconstruct the gunshot-damaged jaw of a Kentucky collie will be delayed.

Veterinarians said Thursday that they have discovered an infection in the jaw of the collie named Lad. Surgery can’t take place until the infection is cleared up with antibiotics.

The regimen of antibiotics will take from four-to-eight weeks. UC Davis veterinarians hope to reconstruct the nine-month-old collie’s lower jaw using a previously successful bone re-growth procedure.

Lad was brought to UC Davis March 17 by The Arrow Fund, a group that provides medical treatment for animals that are victims of torture, abuse or neglect. The Arrow Fund received Lad on Feb. 10, about six days after he was shot.

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Louisville, Ky., had to remove the majority of Lad’s lower jaw due to gunshot damage and infection before the collie was transferred to UC Davis, according to a university press release.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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