An investigation is underway by the Bergen County SPCA Law Enforcement Division concerning a dog who suffered third-degree burns from a heating pad during surgery at the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital.
In December, English bulldog, Cooper, underwent ACL surgery and has been suffering for the last three months, according to the dog’s owner, Cris Repoles. The head veterinarian had been treating the burns as skin allergies, but when the red bumps began to blister and bleed by the middle of January, Cris took her dog to another vet who diagnosed the lesions as burns.
According to the Ridgefield Park Daily Voice, the veterinarians at Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital, have not seen nor heard from Cris since January – days after the surgery and have offered to recheck Cooper and treat him at no cost to his owner. Dr. Paul Kim explained the burns originally presented as red patches and raised bumps. In some cases, he stated, burns may not look like burns for weeks.
“There is no doubt we would have suspected a burn on Cooper at the time the [above] photo was taken. But earlier with just raised skin and redness, we didn’t. And the only way to tell would have been a biopsy.”
The veterinarians stated the heating pads are always covered with a towel and were surprised the temperature rose to 103.5F; this having been the first time in many uses over the past eight years it has ever caused any burns to a patient. The heating pad has since been replaced with a blanket called the “HotDog” which has three temperature settings.
(Contributed photo screenshot via Ridgefield Park Daily Voice)
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