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PETS & VETS | Animal health state by state
>>>A pit bull, now named Axel, was brought to Beach Veterinary Clinic in Bradenton, Fla., in late November for head wounds that appeared to be the result of an attack with an ax. The dog underwent surgery and is recovering well. A search is under way for the person who harmed Axel.
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Manatee County Animal Services worker walked into Beach Veterinary Clinic in Bradenton, Fla., with a pit bull the afternoon of Nov. 26. Te dog, now named Axel, seemed unfazed by the two-inch-deep open gash that had exposed his skull and damaged his sinuses—a wound that looked to be inficted by an ax. According to veterinary technician Tifany Toth, Axel was sedated upon arrival for a full examination, radiographs of his skull and surgery with Luke Berglund, DVM. Fortunately, the blunt trauma did not harm Axel’s
Pit bull survives ax attack in Florida
brain. Axel is now recovering at the clinic with antibiotics and pain medication. Te sutures used to close his wound make a Frankenstein-like line up Axel’s nose, past his right eye, along the top of his head and back down toward his left eye. Axel had no identifcation, but offcers are trying to identify a suspect and a reward has been ofered for tips that lead to an arrest. Axel shows signs of past abuse, evidenced by scars on his back, legs and feet. He is also positive for heartworms but will not start treatment until he is further into recovery. Donations are coming in to help fund
the dog’s medical treatment at mymanatee.org/pets. Beach Veterinary Clinic gives updates on Axel’s condition daily on its Facebook page.
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Get a glimpse of what Axel looked like from the time he came to the Beach Veterinary Clinic through to post-op. Go to
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PHOTO COURTESTY OF BEACH VETERINARY CLINIC
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of dvm - January 2013
dvm - January 2013
Where did I go wrong?
Pets and Vets
CATalyst survey examines how veterinarians really feel about animal shelters and pet rescue organizations.
What’s new? What’s now?
Employee steals more than $400,000 from clinic
Longtime veterinarian killed in plane crash in California
Canadian SPCA concerned by number of “home neutering” reports
Arrest made in Minnesota veterinary hospital arson
Washington DVM accused of abusing patients, medications
When faced with disaster, practices need a plan
University of Minnesota celebrates 750,000th urolith
Death to debt
Letter of the law
dvm - January 2013