WARNING: At the end of this article there are some graphic pictures that were taken by Dr. Jones to document this incident!
I was sitting in the house one morning trying to get motivated to comb my hair and go to work when my phone rang. It was my receptionist. “Doctor Jones, you’d better come out here.” My morning commute is about 30 feet. I left the house and walked over to the clinic to see what was up. What I saw was a young chocolate lab with the most grizzly wound I have ever seen in nearly twenty years of veterinary practice. “Max” had been riding in the back of his owner’s pick up. He was tied up, which is a good thing, but he had too much rope…bad thing. He had just enough rope to go over the side of the truck bed and hang there.
Being a 5 month old lab with limited brain function (it is a well-established scientific fact that the Labrador brain does not begin to operate until the age of two) over the side of the truck bed he went. The owner who was slightly “over lubricated” did not notice Max’s predicament. The poor dog’s back leg got tangled up with the truck’s tire. It was a long time before the inebriated owner noticed. When he did notice, he rushed Max…home…so he could wait three or four days before going to the vet.
By the time I saw Max he was in real trouble. All the flesh and 1/4 of the bone on the inside of his leg between knee and ankle was gone. The remaining bone was completely flat as if someone had taken a large belt sander to the leg. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Max also had a fever of 106 degrees and was septic.
When I pinched the end of Max’s toe, he weakly pulled up the leg. He had some other significant nerve deficits…couldn’t tell whether his foot was upside down or right side up, but the fact that he pulled it away gave me hope that there was enough functional wiring to keep him from dragging the leg.
I told the owner what the cost and commitment would be to try to save Max and he elected to give him to me and go away. He is currently enjoying the hospitality of the State of Idaho for serial DUI.
Now, in a case like this, modern medicine has two solutions, amputation or euthanasia. The tissue loss was just too extensive for any sort of surgical solution. Once again it was Silver Lining to the rescue. I put Max on IV antibiotics to combat the systemic infection. I also put him on #24 Immune Support and #25 INF-X. Then I made a poultice of #16 Power Dust and water and wrapped the leg.
After 48 hours, Max’s temperature was still 106 degrees and he was fading. The infected bone was getting the best of him and the IV antibiotics were doing nothing.
OK, I thought, time to turn up the heat.
I discontinued the anti-biotics and went right to the source of the problem, the sheered off, infected bone. I took some goldenseal and calendula and dusted it onto the exposed bone, wrapped it in Power Dust again and increased the Frequency of #24 Immune Support and #25 INF-X to every two hours. Within 12 hours Max’s fever was gone and he was eating. I have seen a lot of miracles in my practice over the years but this turn-around was absolutely astounding to me.
Now that the infection was under control, it was time to get Max’s wound healed. The #16 Power Dust contains a number of herbs that accelerate cell division and promote healing but I wanted to do more so I added #12 Bone, Tissue and Cartilage Support. This is a new formula I had worked up only a few months before meeting Max. Like Power Dust, it contains herbs to support wound and bone healing but does it from the inside out.
As shown in the pictures, the results speak for themselves. After several months of daily herbal therapy, Max now has full use of his leg. The only evidence of his injury is a 1 cm pink line running up the inside of his leg. He runs, jumps and plays with best of them and all nerve functions are completely normal. He was recently adopted and has a wonderful new home. Thanks again Silver Lining.