Elle the dog got into a scuffle with another dog and wound up with a punctured lung. The little pooch seemingly inflated like a balloon as a result because the skin was not broken. Instead, air leaked out under Elle’s skin whenever she breathed.
The condition is called subcutaneous emphysema, meaning it takes place underneath the skin. The two-year-old dog’s owner rushed little Elle to the veterinarian who had an unusual way of stopping the air leak.
“The skin wasn’t broken so every time she breathed the air was leaking under her skin – turning her into a Michelin dog, with gas all over her body,” Albavet wrote on Facebook.
“Quick thinking by the team used compressive therapy (in this case cling film) to stop the leaking and stabilize her with oxygen and pain relief.”
The entire incident took place at the facility in Scotland, and two days later Elle was ready for surgery. Since she was stabilized with the cling wrap, vets were able to place her under anesthesia and perform the procedure.
They report the Chihuahua-Maltese mix did well, had an uneventful postoperative recovery, and can begin the healing process.
Congratulations to the team involved in saving this little sweetheart’s life!