BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com)— An e-collar and emergency surgery saved a one-year-old dog after he was kicked in the face by a draft horse in May.
The dog, named Jack, suffered from fractures in his upper and lower jaws, his upper palate completely separated from the roof of his mouth and severe teeth injuries, the MSPCA-Angell reported. The dog’s owner initially did not hear him yelp because she is deaf. Jack was taken to Angell Animal Medical Center where he was in emergency surgery for two hours.
Jack lost 10 teeth, including his upper canine teeth. However, doctors were able to repair the dog’s upper palate and jaws.
"Jack was in very rough shape when he first came in and, to be honest, I'm surprised he survived the accident," stated Angell’s Dentistry service Doctor William Rosenblad who operated on the dog.
Rosenblad said Jack recovered incredibly fast and was eager to head back to the barn. Prior to the accident, the one-year-old dog was wearing an “e-collar” cone around his neck due to another health scare, according to the MSPCA-Angell. Doctors believed the cone absorbed some of the shock when the horse hit him which contributed to his survival.
Jack is expected to continue to recover and his long-term prognosis is excellent.