Milo the Miracle

Working in specialty and emergency, no day is the same…and although we see many patients, we still form bonds we don’t forget.

And Milo was one of those patients that truly touched our hearts.

Early January Milo presented to emergency with abdominal pain. He was weak, lethargic, and his parents Alice and Isaac said he was just not himself.

On ultrasound, the vet team found that Milo had a build-up of fluid in his abdomen and some irregularities in the appearance of his gallbladder. They continued to perform further tests that indicated the fluid was more than likely septic. Together these findings led us to believe that Milo’s gallbladder had ruptured and required urgent surgery.

Dr Andrew Dunn performed an exploratory laparotomy which involved investigating his stomach area and removing the ruptured gallbladder. Milo’s stomach was severely inflamed, distended with gas, and lots of excess fluid was drained during the process.

Performing this invasive surgery on a pet that is already so sick has its risks and can lessen the chances of recovery… and it really wasn’t looking great post op.

Milo was in intensive care, had extremely low blood pressure and a drain was placed to help relieve any further build-up of fluid that would result in another effusion. A feeding tube was also placed.

Our team were constantly weighing and checking his vitals to help track any further fluid build-up. We monitored him like a hawk, but he remained critical.

We called Alice and Isaac and advised that the next 12-24 hours were crucial, so they paid Milo a visit and truly feared that it could be their last time. But during their visit, Milo seemed brighter and even ate for them. From there onwards it was truly like him seeing them was the motivation Milo needed to keep going.

We were able to remove his feeding tube, began oral medications and he continued to make gradual improvement.

The reality is that a lot of the time cases like this aren’t so happy, but Milo was a fighter. The intensive care he was able to receive from our skilled speciality and emergency team gave him that second chance he deserved.

On that Sunday, Milo was able to go home to continue drain care and we are happy to say that he is back to his normal self and has more energy than ever!

Alice and Isaac are truly lucky to have brought him in when they did.

Pets can’t tell us when or where their pain is, therefore being aware of their habits and noticing any signs of unusual behaviour can truly be detrimental in saving their lives.

We hope this story made your day feel a little more wholesome.