Meet Annie, our Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week. Annie went missing for a few days and returned with a severe degloving injury to her back leg. A degloving injury is one caused by severe trauma that rips the skin away from the underlying tissue. These often take extensive bandaging and potentially multiple surgeries to fix. However, Annie was lucky in that the skin that pulled away was quite healthy still and we were able to reattach it.
Photos below show her before surgery, immediately post-op, and 2 weeks after surgery. The 2 week recheck shows a small gap in the incision behind the knee. This is the only spot that we were unable to stitch together. Fortunately, the body can be amazing at healing and simply fills in new tissue and skin into the gap.
Annie continues to heal very well and we expect a full recovery!