PMB’s fantastic plastic pups

2015-07-18 07:38
A happy and healthy Cody after the big surgery by Howick plastic surgeon Doctor Bronwen Schoenfeld.

A happy and healthy Cody after the big surgery by Howick plastic surgeon Doctor Bronwen Schoenfeld. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Animal lover and Howick plastic surgeon Bronwen Schoenfeld is changing dogs’ lives one at a time with plastic surgery for canines.

Schoenfeld performed her second successful surgery, on a Jack Russell named Cody, earlier this month.

The plastic surgeon, who originally wanted to study veterinary science but was 33rd in line at the school that only accepted 30 applicants, said she was “happy” to be able to help animals in her own way.

Schoenfeld first stepped into the spotlight last year after her successful operation on a Yorkshire Terrier’s congenital cleft palate. She was called shortly after the yorkie’s surgery by the Midlands Vet, asking if she should would be willing to help a seven-year-old Jack Russell.

“Peter Johnston from Midlands Vet called in and thought I might be able to help a Jack Russell who had a piece of wood lodged in between his molars and it had caused pressure, similar to a bed sore, so much so that it went through his palate up into his nasal canal.

“This caused two big holes where the wood had worked its way through and Cody was having trouble eating and drinking. Whenever he ate or drank, he would choke and splutter and had this continued it may have led to pneumonia and perhaps death,” she said.

Schoenfeld said she had been better prepared for her second surgery as she knew what to expect, and she had help from Midlands Vet with the anaesthetic.

She added that Cody had had three operations previously, but was able to repair the damage by turning over the palate tissue that was not dead and using it to line the the floor of his nose. She then raised the tissue and lifted it over the affected areas. “I saw Cody on Thursday and he seems to be recovering well. He is such a sweet little chap.”

Cody’s owner, Rowena Schlosser, said she was thankful to the doctor for the surgery — everything thing was “so far so good”. “He is not out of the woods just yet and he is still only eating soft foods, but he is very excited to be home.”

Schoenfeld said she was happy she could add to an animal’s quality of life and would “be more than happy to help with another case if asked”, using her free time for the animals’ surgeries.

“I love animals and I have grown up having pets all my life. I am happy I can help in my own way.”

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