Coyote Alert for the Arvada and Golden Areas

Unfortunately at our clinic, we've been seeing small pets attacked by coyotes increasingly over the past several years. Please be aware and visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife for more specific information regarding your neighborhood and how you can help. Arvada Flats recommends owners always accompany pets outdoors, especially if they are smaller pets less than 40 lbs, or if they are pups or elderly pets with orthopedic challenges. We do not recommend cats go outdoors unless directly with an owner, and ideally on a harness or in a protected environment. Unfortunately, dusk and dawn are not the only times we need to be careful with these pets. Below is a story about a sweet Arvada Flats patient that encountered a coyote, but had a happy ending thanks to 'quick to act' loving owners and Dr. Lyndsey Larson and her urgent care team of technicians at Arvada Flats!

Snowball's legSnowball is a success story at Arvada Flats. She came in during urgent care hours at Arvada Flats after being attacked by a coyote. Her owner had to pull her away from the coyote and scare it away! She had suffered extensive bite wounds to the hind legs and neck. She was also in shock. She had many of the classic signs of shock: pale gums, fast heart rate, and a depressed mental state. (If you are ever concerned about your pet, you may check their gums. They should be bubble gum pink and moist to the touch. You may also take your pet’s heart rate by feeling their femoral pulses. These are located in the crutch of their “leg pits”. A small dog should have a heart rate between 100 and 140 beats per minute. A large dog should have a heart rate between 90 and 120 beats per minute when calm.)

Examination of Snowball's back legChest X-rays and a serum biochemistry and complete blood count were performed on Snowball to ensure that she did not have any punctures into her chest cavity or bruising in her lungs. Her X-rays were ok, but her blood work showed that she had lost a lot of blood.

Her wounds were flushed extensively, and she was started on intravenous antibiotics, fluids and pain medications to get her stabilized for surgery in the morning.

Surgery was performed the next morning. Skin flaps and drains were placed to close the wounds and aid in the healing process. If you have ever wondered why the tubular plastic drains are placed after bite wounds, it is because these drains avoid formation of an abscess forming under the skin. Abscess formation is very common after bite wounds, as there is almost always infection that gets introduced under the skin.

Ten days after surgery, Snowball came back for suture removal. All healed. Happy girl!

Snowball all healed

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