Unusual surgery saves Edmond hound

JOHN WILLIAMS Modified: July 9, 2009 at 12:41 am •  Published: July 9, 2009
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EDMOND — Pepper, a 9-year-old hound dog, has been given a third chance at life.

Thanks to the Edmond veterinarian who performed a 3½ hour surgery to remove a 15-pound blood clot, Pepper is back at home barking at the city’s sanitation trucks.


Pepper’s owner, Sherri Ellis, brought the dog to Dr. Donna Woods at the Danforth Animal Hospital two weeks ago when she suspected something was wrong with her pet.

An X-ray showed Pepper had an enormous hematoma, or blood clot, growing on her spleen.

"When I saw it on the X-ray, I wondered how is this dog still alive and eating,” Woods said.

"I just thought I had a fat dog,” Ellis said.

"I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the size of a basketball.”

Woods said the blood clot was causing the animal discomfort.

"It wasn’t causing her any problems except it was pressing on her other organs and causing her to get more arthritis in her back,” the veterinarian said.

Ellis said she saved up for Pepper’s surgery. She wouldn’t say how much the surgery cost.


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