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Treatment of lesions of osteomyelitis in the hind flippers of six grey seals (Halichoerus grypus)
  1. R. J. Lucas, BSc, BVMS, MRCVS1,1,
  2. J. Barnett, BSc, BVSc, MRCVS2,2 and
  3. P. Riley, BVM&S, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Head and Head Veterinary Surgeons, Water-Ma-Trout, Helston, Cornwall TR13 OLW
  2. 2 National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6UG


Six rescued grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pups had traumatic injuries to their hind flippers; three had osteomyelitis without fractures, one had a single fracture and associated osteomyelitis, and two had multiple compound fractures and large open wounds. The medical and surgical methods used to treat these lesions are described. A proprietary waterproof covering appeared to be a better method for dressing the wounds than conventional bandaging.

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  • Mr Lucas's present address is Coastal Veterinary Hospital, PO Box 1212, Mandurah, Western Australia

  • Mr Barnett's present address is Vetlab Services, Unit 1 1, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 7HQ

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