Pet Star of the month – March 2019 BAKKIES HERTZOG
Meet Bakkies, an energetic 2 year old male Staffie and loving member of the Hertzog family.
We all know that Decembers can be a very busy and sometimes even chaotic time of the year. It was the 22nd of December, just before Christmas and the Hertzog family had just left to go on holiday, leaving their beloved furry family in the capable hands of friends and staff who work for them.
The family had just arrived at their holiday destination when they received the heart wrenching phone call from a family member, Barry Hertzog : “Bakkies was in an accident and was hurt!”
It is still unknown how exactly Bakkies managed to get out of the yard but he was hit by a car and was lying on the N11, 1 km away from home, in a puddle of blood. As luck would have it, Barry by coincidence drove on that highway at that time and recognised Bakkies from something that looked like a dark puddle lying in the middle of the road. A passing by vehicle also stopped to help transfer Bakkies’ fragile body from the road into the car to transport him to Dr Fritz Steenkamp, a veterinarian in Marble Hall, where the family reside.
Dr Steenkamp treated Bakkies for shock and stabilized him before taking radiographs of his broken legs. Bakkies sustained multiple fractured bones. His femur was broken into 3 pieces and 3 metatarsal bones were off but luckily his pelvis was still intact. He needed specialist surgery to repair the fractures.
He was then referred to our Clinic where Dr Orsilla van der Veen took over the case. She continued with treatment to get Bakkies stable for the big surgery that he needed to undergo. Unfortunately with the shock, Bakkies’ kidneys had to work harder and was in danger. Dr Orsilla kept the Hertzog family up to date with his prognosis and it was decided to go ahead with the surgery as soon as possible to avoid greater complications. Dr Orsilla arranged with our part-time specialist surgeon, Dr Charlie Boucher to operate on Bakkies’ broken femur. It was decided to let the metatarsal bones in his front leg heal with splint bandages as those bones a very delicate.
Bakkies was in surgery for just under 3 hours, after which Dr Orsilla phoned the Hertzog family with the good news that Bakkie’s surgery and anaesthesia went very well. He was intensively monitored by one of our qualified veterinary nurses together with Dr Orsilla throughout the whole surgery.
Dr Orsilla explained to the Hertzog family that the after care of such a big operation is just as important as the operation itself. Bakkies needed strict cage rest with short leash-walks only, bandage changes and later some physiotherapy to help him recover his normal gait again. It was then decided to leave Bakkies with us to assist with the rehabilitation process.
During this time Bakkies became a part of the Bakenkop family. He was examined daily by our doctors and had plenty of TLC and confined play time with our nurses. He later started with hydrotherapy sessions to help strengthen his muscles and keep him fit. The Hertzog family came to visit when they could. They were also kept up to date with daily messages from us.
Today, over 2 months after his surgery, Bakkies is back home and can run on both his injured legs again. We are so proud of Bakkies for never losing his sparkle throughout this tough journey. Anyone that owns a Staffie will know that it goes against their busy nature to be kept confined. We also want to salute the Hertzog family for doing what is best for Bakkies even if it meant being without him for so long.
Bakkies will always have a special place in our hearts and we miss him so much!