Bruno, a Chocolate lab, had "refeeding syndrome" and needed specialized care from a number of veterinarians at Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatoon.
A dog who spent 27 days trapped in a well is on the road to recovery thanks to veterinarians at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
His owners said that Bruno, a 7-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever was found thanks to one of their other dogs, who wouldn't leave a spot in the grass. When Bruno was retrieved from the well, he was barely alive and had lost half of his body weight. He was treated by the family veterinarian, before they recommended taking Bruno to the university. Alison Khoo, DVM, a small animal internal medicine resident, and Sue Taylor, DVM, an internal medicine specialist and professor of small animal medicine at the WCVM, both took over Bruno's case.
From the get-go, Bruno wasn’t going to have an easy recovery. He had what is known as "refeeding syndrome." When an animal that hasn’t eaten for a very long time is suddenly given food, its body promptly releases a large amount of insulin. This causes a surge-like response and deficiencies in electrolytes, and without careful supplementation the body stops functioning properly. The patient dies. It’s a condition rarely seen in dogs.
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