Street Surgery on Huge Dog Abscess

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Somewhere behind a school, in the fly infested alley of this other worldly place, veterinary students gather around to view this surgery to relieve a dog of his painfully large abscess.

NOTE: Video is very long – 43+ minutes. For those who wish to skip ahead, as “action” does not begin until close to the 18 minute mark. Dog does receive full anesthesia, FYI. Thanks, gimpysgirl!! 🙂

YT COMMENTARY: (Rough translation)
“To see the process with high quality Avi on this link:

case of abscess top of dog back .. Puppy got out all pus and fluid inside the abscess and disinfected and put antiseptic dressings to absorb all liquids …

Veterinary Hospital Sha (1-11-2012) سكشن surgery ..”

RUNTIME: 43min 34sec

TITLE: “Abscess in Dog”
YT INFO: Published on Nov 20, 2012 by Amr Awadain

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  • Wow, that was long. Wish I could’ve understood him. I wonder if they’re going to take the pooch to recover in a vet clinic. I can’t imagine they would let him loose with all that packing. Poor doggie! And so many flies. **ZIT** bless him!

  • Lord have mercy on that dog.
    That is the first video I could not watch.
    Just heartbreaking, I wanted to reach into the screen and pull it into my arms.
    It must have been in so much pain.
    Thankfully receiving treatment – just not the type I am used to.

    • wow the poor pup, and man this guy had a lot to say, sometimes when I was listening to him , I though that I could make out a word or two , but I hope this dog is better now

      • I could make out English, German, and probably Arabic. He kinda repeated everything in 3, possibly 4 languages. I grew up on a dairy farm. This kinda stuff happens all day, every day, around the world. Bless that poor pooch, though. The vet doing the surgery did a good job, at least as good as you would see elsewhere in vet practices.

    • It appears that your knowledge of vet care is limited to dogs and cats. Most animal surgeries, other than dogs and cats, are performed outside. I have been tempted to take my own patients outside under similar conditions. There is nothing sanitary about a pint of smelly purulence draining on exam tables and floors. In the past year, my horse had two surgeries, both outside. Yes, there were flies. They didn’t eat much.

      • What you say is true, but in the Western world it isn’t intuitively obvious that there are outside surgeries on animals. Personally, I’d much rather have whatever can be done to my horses done at the barn – it’s safer, and they are calmer and happier and it is a heck of a lot cheaper.

        As much as the flies bother us, and as dirty as it seems compared to a ‘nice clean operating room’, animals and people are much better off getting as much done in their own environment; you don’t generally pick up SA or MRSA in your home and it’s the same for animals. They won’t pick up anything new if they stay home for the procedure, and if you are a competent pet owner and can do their follow up care, they do great and don’t come home with an illness a sick pet or large animal had at the vet clinic.

  • I got no enjoyment out of watching that,
    I just skipped through it.

    Since the last time the site changed, I don’t have a clock on the video’s.
    Do I have something set wrong, or is there just no clock anymore?

  • This video made me absolutely livid. I wish that I could have put my hands through my monitor and choked that lecturer. First of all, what was the purpose of this exercise? Does the college porter go out each week searching for animals with the ailment that is to be taught that week? I suppose that this group of students have already study euthanizing, because that would have been the right thing to do – put this poor dog out of its misery. Where is it going to recover? Who will look after it? In the half hour that the prof was flapping his jaw, this dog could have been sedated and given a couple of antiseptic baths to kill the flies and maggots and render him clean enough to qualify to use an indoor OR. What was the purpose of the post op anatomy lesson and checking all the reflexes? This entire thing made me nauseous. I wonder where so called vet college is? I certainly wouldn’t want a pet of mine treated by one of the grads. I highly doubt that this poor pooch is no longer alive.

    • Dog and cat mistreatment and neglect get me enraged!!! I commend them for sedating him so he didn’t feel the surgery. I wondered where he’d recover and with him because if his owners brought him in for treatment they obviously shouldn’t be allowed to have him back! I hope he was loved and properly cared for in a home with people who love and care for him. I HATE it when people are cruel to animals!

      • I have lived in parts of the Middle East where dogs are rare, only owned by nomadic Bedouins that use them for hunting and protection. This dog might have a loving owner that traveled a great distance to find care for his dog.

    • It didn’t have a collar, it just had rope around it’s neck then around it’s nose to make a muzzle.
      They may have just found the poor dog on the streets, and decided to use it for a lesson before they kill it.
      None of them looked like they a **ZIT** about that dog.

      • The dog was put completely to sleep before any incision was made. Correct me if I am wrong, but Hindus beleive in reincarnation and they DO NOT abuse animals…at all.

      • They euthanized him to perform surgery?!?!?!?

        I am just bawling at the thought!! He must have been beyond treatment – **ZIT** I hope that was the situation. I will have nightmares about this. I’m getting off to find my two loyal and true dogs to cuddle and love them most of all thank **ZIT** we found each other in this world and it wasn’t one of them in this horrible video!

  • In my opinion, the incision did not have to be 1/2 the size he made!!!!
    With all that packing the pressure inside the abscess is probably more than before being drained. If that dog is let loose in the streets, I pray he heals. I hope they at least bandaged the wound?
    In Some countries, animals are not looked upon as in ours.
    Who knows if they did not just find a stray with an abscess to demonstrate the procedure?
    He or she must of had enough anesthetic. He did not move around while the Doctor was cutting and putting his hand in the wound.

      • agreed – that skin was stretched from long standing abscess and a larger incision with resection of excess skin closer to the proximal/superior portion of the abscess (do you know why Sean? I never understand this with vet med that the incisions aren’t at the pund or at the most inferior/distal portion, where it would also best drain via gravity.) It appeared, and a nurse’s nose likely would have confirmed it, that what had formed the cyst/m**ZIT**/abscess was plus added inflammation, granloma, etc, then liquified, putrefied even… wow, just wow.

        This one is sticking with me…

      • I’ve had a chance to watch this surgery on a larger screen. I’m going to give these guys the benefit of the doubt because I’m not sure what their plan was. They might have chosen to demonstrate a drain and pack technique more appropriate for smaller abscesses with the plan for considerable resection off camera. I would have used an elliptical incision large enough to remove all excess skin, almost like I was going to close with staples or sutures. Then I would have used dry gauze with no harsh antiseptics to promote some inward healing from the margins. Now to your question, why does it appear that vets fail to aggressively promote drainage? Here’s why. We rarely see abscesses this large in people, they are treated before they reach this stage. As it turns out, it is **ZIT** surprising how much healing, inward from the margin, can take place. I’ve seen abscesses this large in cattle and horses heal without a very noticeable scar absent of coat. In human medicine, we’ve turned into “clean-freaks”, so afraid of infection that we negatively impact healing. I take a more gentle approach, less betadine, less h2o2, less alcohol on open wounds, more dry gauze. I hate killing healthy tissue. I use a lot of saline. In this case, I don’t think that the dog is at risk but failure to resect skin and tissue properly with affect healing and we can expect a nasty scar.

  • Absolutely barbaric. For the first twenty minutes the poor animal was tied down freaking out. That lecture did not require the dog to be tied up like that. Then to make a foot long incision was inhumane. I wonder how many flies made their home inside the incision site? Maybe they want 46 bot flies instead of the 45 in that poor monkey.

  • For my part, I’m very glad to see that what seemed like a stray animal was receiving vet care for this. He may never have gotten any treatment for it otherwise. Also glad they sedated this dog during the procedure. Poor thing- that abscess had to have been so painful. Here’s hoping there was also some care and recovery time for the patient!

      • I think there was some confusion,
        diamondgirl said the dog was completely put to sleep, I’m pretty sure she just meant actually to sleep, but NMGAPAOH took it as euthanized.
        I don’t think it was euthanized before the surgery.

      • NMGAPAOH,

        I saw the comment above. In the description, diamondgirl said: dog was put to sleep?? I believe she meant knocked out, not euthanized?

      • I read a comment made about the dog was put down, they did the surgery for the students and what happened then was unknown.

        If he survived the surgery —- GREAT thank goodness!!!! He needs the love of owners who will appreciate the loyalty and love dogs can give people.

      • You’re taking one person’s opinion as if it were “fact.” We have no way of knowing this dog was euthanized and I highly doubt that is the case so please quit spreading rumor throughout this because one unqualified person said it.

    • Commen sense, you do not drop evrything to go to prayers if you are doing something extremely important. a lot of our docs are from Saudi and surrounding countries. They don’t stop in the middle of an operation to pray. Life is more important.

  • It’s my understanding that dogs are considered “unclean” in parts of the Middle East and Asia. Maybe this is why the dog was not brought into a building — there may be a cultural taboo against it. Or, possibly it was actually cleaner outside than inside any building they had for this.

    The dog was clearly sedated. It was not euthanized, otherwise they would not have been checking its eyes at the end. It certainly looked alive to me, although heavily anesthetized.

    Maybe this dog was found as a stray and taken for educational purposes for the students. I see nothing wrong with this, since otherwise the stray animal would just suffer and die. It may still die, but at least receives some care and pain relief, and provides important information to the students. There was at least one woman present, so I presume this was in one of the more permissive Muslim societies.

    • THANK YOU!!! LOL…the dog was put to sleep as in given Propofol to go to sleep and have surgery done. ALSO, the HINDU religion is nothing like the MUSLIM religion. HINDUS worship the animals that have many arms, like there is one “GOD” that looks like an elephant head with a ladies body and all this ornate jewelry on. Hindu’s beleive in reincarnation only…they do not harm animals, that is why in India, where most are HINDU, they worship cows, they are totally vegan, I don’t even think they milk cows, I could be wrong, but I think I am right. None the less, I beleive in my doggy loving heart that they did the right thing for this furry kid. Their intention was to give the dog treatment and hopefully give him a chance for a better life without being sick and in pain. I feel better thinking about the situation like that.

    • I never used the word euthanized, I said they put the dog completely to sleep to cut him open…THAT is what I said then someone else ran with the ball and said the dog was euthanized…

      • yes, asleep to prevent pain during procedure rather than asleep never to wake up. If the dog was euthanized before the procedure I doubt the iodine would have been splashed about so liberally.

  • the words that come to my mind may not be included here … I would be accused of racism for sure …
    In any case, what I see is that they have the brain by calcified home to let an animal suffer so long before acting ……..

  • No, but you saw how he handles the dog, the idiot who serves as an **ZIT**istant?
    How band of ignorant people …
    there’s not even a woman among them …. it is true that according to holy of holies, the women are human beings inferior …

    • Who do you think was getting the packing ready to be put in the dog? I think her pink hijab gave her away. The muslim men I work with have great respect for women. Please leave your disrespectful comments else where.

  • I’m not sure why this thread took such a negative turn. Having lived in the Middle East for a number of years, I’m actually pleasantly surprised to see this video. In Islam (Hadith), dogs are haram (forbidden) and unclean (impure) and may only be used for hunting and protection. Despite this prohibition, here are a group of students, likely Muslim, learning to care and treat an animal stigmatized by their own religion.

    I need to watch the video again on something other than my phone, but I don’t see anything shocking. As far as taking the surgery outside, I don’t have a problem with it. The flies present little infection risk to a surgical site soaked externally with betadine and packed with treated gauze. Many animal surgeries are performed outside, some in the middle of a pasture, so this shouldn’t be shocking. My horse was castrated in the middle of his paddock. He had jaw surgery in his stall. Is there a better place to drain a pint of smelly purulence than outside?

    I only understand a tiny bit of Arabic, but is there any evidence that this animal was not going to be cared for? Why do some posters think it will be turned loose, or was a stray to begin with? Is is because it isn’t wearing a fancy collar with a leash? If this dog was performing a duty consistent with Islam and owned by Bedouins, this dog might not even own a collar or leash. It might be a case of a Bedouin’s prized hunting or guard dog being brought into the city for care.

    I hope the negativity of this thread isn’t evidence of something else.

    • I royally insane beliefs of these people who are in the field of submission inferior to the dominant “well born.”
      Faced with these purely ethical animal was suffering and disrespect notable of these barbarians who still believe in supers**ZIT**ions medieval.
      excuse my broken English sometimes, I’m french … 🙂

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