SAN ANTONIO— Here at KCI, our commitment to providing best-in-class advanced wound care solutions extends beyond clinicians and their patients, as we also serve veterinarians and animals of many species. The KCI Animal Health team works diligently to provide these animals and their care teams with the resources that they need to recover.
Although KCI helps a wide variety of animals, from sea turtles to horses, dogs are among the most common non-human patients we see undergoing treatment with our therapies.
Crash, a senior dog, was run over by a speeding vehicle during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. He was then taken to an emergency vet clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Crash’s veterinary team treated him for an infection and went through various rehabilitation activities. Unfortunately, a devastating wound developed on his left elbow, but with the help of KCI’s Animal Health team, Crash was treated with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), and within 6 days, there was major improvement in his wound.
In 2015, the Indianapolis Fire Department found Cinder in an alley and took her to Every Dog Counts Rescue. She had a massive, infected wound with missing skin on her shoulders and neck, and ultimately had her front leg amputated. After the amputation, Cinder’s veterinary team decided to initiate NPWT to protect her incision and help her wound heal. After several weeks, her condition improved, and she is now happy and health in her new forever home with one of the firefighters who rescued her.
Harley is a Saint Bernard from San Antonio who had surgery for a large mass on her upper thigh. The mass was bigger than her veterinary team initially thought, and the wound was too large to successfully close with standard treatment. Harley’s veterinarian contacted KCI for help. After about two weeks of using NPWT, the wound began healing and Harley was able to get back to her normal life.
Months after Harley’s treatment, KCI employees in San Antonio and globally via livestream had the privilege of seeing this furry patient as part of KCI’s Guest Speaker Series. Harley, her owners, and Dr. Jennifer Johnson, DVM, veterinarian and medical director, Health Associates, who provided her treatment, made a special appearance to answer questions about the benefits of having NPWT products available to veterinary teams across the country through the KCI Animal Health team. After the event, employees had the opportunity to meet, pet, and take pictures with Harley and get to know her lively personality.
Thank you to our KCI Animal Health team and veterinary partners for helping these four-legged friends and ensuring that animals in need receive advanced wound care to help them heal.