Tetanus in dogs is rare and usually fatal, but aggressive treatment by veterinarians at Tufts University saved the lives of two dogs in a nine-month span. A young golden retriever that developed tetanus after rolling on a dead porcupine received an equine antitoxin, a feeding tube, a tracheostomy tube and round-the-clock care, and was discharged from the hospital after 12 days. Critical care veterinary technician Katelyn Maclean will present the case at the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society's annual conference in September.
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