A Kangaroo In Need | Dr. T, Lone Star Vet


NARRATOR: For Dr. T, patients
come in all shapes, scales, and sizes. And Red, a four-year-old
red kangaroo, has hopped his way
into a Texas-sized jam. Hey, Red. Hey, buddy. DIANA: We let him out into
the big high fence sometimes. And he always comes up first
to get back in the yard and to eat. And he didn’t come. So I went out looking. Because he was laying where
he always lays out there. And I saw his leg. LAUREN THIELEN: Red presented to
the ER for a dislocated ankle. DIANA: He’s a good kangaroo. LAUREN THIELEN:
Oh, he’s very cute. He has a really big problem. Poor guy. Unfortunately, a cast or a
bandage can’t fix this issue. So it’s going to
require a surgery. Can I see your beautiful face? Hello, sweetheart. I worked for a lot of
kangaroos in Florida. Scratch under his neck. He’ll love you for it. He’s looking good, honestly. Red is a sweetheart. He loves everybody. This is Cage playing with
Bucky and Red, the kangaroo. BILL: Yeah, he is
a special kangaroo. We actually got two kangaroos
about four years ago. DIANA: Kanga’s at home,
the little female. And then Red is the male. He loves to play football
with the grandkids. He’s just a sweet,
sweet little boy. We’re hoping that
they’re going to be able to repair his leg so
he’ll have a good quality of the rest of his life. The type of problem he
has is not a fracture. It’s a dislocation. BILL: Right. And so all the tendons and
ligaments are kind of broken. They’re not going to
be able to be fixed. So what happens in a dislocation
like Red’s is all the ligaments and tendons were completely
ripped, separating the two joints apart. Because we can’t save all
the ligaments and tendons, we have to fuse the bones
together at the joint. So it won’t have the
flexibility it once had. But hopefully, he’ll still
be able to use his leg. So this is my plan. So this is such a big deal
to do to your kangaroo, OK? I’m talking about a
permanent fusion of his leg. You’ve probably seen
somebody with a broken arm and having to have pins and
have, like, a bionic apparatus. The best surgical option
for Red is use cross pins, which are going to go
from one bone to the other and make an x. So that way, we’re keeping it
stable at that 90 degree angle to create his new joint. Then we’re going to use an
external fixator to support the rest of the leg and
keep it perfectly flexed in order to give Red’s leg extra
support until the joint heals. BILL: How confined
does he have to be? LAUREN THIELEN: Very. He needs to put weight on it. And he needs to walk around. And he needs to move. But if you’re not careful
to cage-restrict him, then you’re potentially going
to have treatment failure. We don’t want him feeling
good one day and sprinting. How long is that? About eight weeks. Red’s surgery is
only half the battle. Kangaroos like to hop. And I need to keep this
one from not hopping for at least eight weeks. Best case scenario–
what quality of life is he going to have? I don’t know if he’s going
to be able to full sprint like he used to. And maybe he doesn’t even
care to run around a lot. Maybe he just wants to
snuggle up next to Kanga and eat his hay
and call it a day. But that’s definitely
something to consider. The biggest risk of fixing
his ankle is the post-op. So I’m relying on these
little pins to stay in place and support the weight
of a big adult kangaroo. You could have pin failures. You could have
infections after surgery. I think you have a
lot to think about. And so I thought
today was a good day to introduce ourselves. DIANA: He’s part of our family. Of course we’re
worried, and we want him to do the best in his life. We have one shot at this. And we’re just keeping our
faith that it’s successful. I feel comfortable with what
surgery they’re going to do. It’s going to be a long process. And just hope it goes
out for the best. NARRATOR: Before Red
heads home, a new bandage and a little bonding time
with Dr. T are in order. Have one more week. We’re going to do
this on Monday. [kisses] We are. (AFFECTIONATELY) On Monday. I know. I’m going to cry. I’m trying to, like,
be professional. I want to cry. The reality between the
surgery and the recovery is that a lot can go wrong. There is no guarantee
that this could work. And if it doesn’t work,
then Red’s not going to have a good quality of life. Oh, you are so welcome. I can’t wait to really
help him a lot more. BILL: Thanks, doc! You’re welcome! We sure have our
work cut out for us. But Red’s definitely worth it. OK, we’ll see you next time– Monday. We have to be here by 9:00. OK. 9:00? Yeah.

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