: Kona :
Species: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
  Narrative

7-26-10: Kona was found early in the evening in Ketchikan, AK. She had obvious lacerations and puncture wounds on her face and right flipper. After the ASLC was contacted through the rescue hotline, Kona was picked up and transported to the Gastineau Humane Society in Juneau, AK for an initial examination and treatment. Thank you to Dr. Rachel Dziuba, DVM for providing Kona's overnight care.

7-27-10: Kona was admitted to the ASLC rehabilitation department. As all new admits are, she will be quarantined from the other animals already being treated here until she can be given a clean bill of health.

7-28-10: Since Kona is an older pup and should already be weaned, she was offered fish today. She is eating great!

7-31-10: Today Kona was given a thorough examination of her injuries under sedation. The veterinarian staff looked closely for any wounds that couldn't be seen while she was active, and checked her known injuries for proper healing. Unfortunately Kona won't be able to see out of her right eye again, the site of her most apparent injury.

8-2-10: Bloodwork has revealed an elevated white blood cell count, suggesting an infection. Kona will be on antibiotics until her infection clears up.

8-9-10: Kona has been doing well in the pool, and is now allowed full pool access. She still has a high white blood cell count - new antibiotics were prescribed today to help fight the infection.

8-12-10: Thermal images were taken of Kona today to look for any new sources of infection. A "hot spot" shows up as a red or orange color, and indicates where an infection could be occuring. The rest of the picture will be a blue or green color. All of the hot spots found on Kona's images were where her caretakers expected to find them - at the sight of each laceration and puncture wound, and her injured eye.

8-18-10: Today Kona had surgery to remove her injured eye. The surgery went well, and she is recovering nicely.

8-21-10: Kona is even more feisty than before her eye was removed!

8-22-10: Kona is stable after her surgery. She has moved to an outdoor pool where she will have little human contact, and can see and hear Grande in a pool near hers. She will still be monitored closely via a camera.

8-24-10: The site of Kona's surgery is healing well.

8-27-10: Kona continues to forage well, despite having only one eye.

9-5-10: A small abscess was found on Kona's hip during a routine medical exam. Veterinarians collected a tissue sample from the affected area - this sample will be sent to the lab to try to determine a cause for the abscess.

9-9-10: Kona still has a high white blood cell count. Her hip abscess is the most likely source of infection.

9-13-10: The results of Kona's tissue sample have come in - she has seal pox. Seal pox is highly contageous when active lesions like Kona's are present, so she will be kept in strict quarantine until her breakout ceases.

9-18-10: Kona's pox lesion hasn't improved yet, but she continues to thrive in every other way.

9-21-10: Kona's surgery sight has healed well, and today her stitches were removed.

10-7-10: Today Kona's pox lesion was examined. Photos were taken and compared to pictures from a few weeks ago. The lesion looks to be slowly getting better. Kona also continues to gain weight - she now weighs 30.2 kg, which is over 66 lb.

10-15-10: Kona was moved to the larger pre-release pool today, where she will have little to no human contact until her release.

10-26-10: Today Kona had a routine blood draw and veterinary examination. Her bloodwork looks good and her pox lesion is healing. With her continued improvement, her caretakers hope to release her in mid-November.

11-1-10: Kona's release date is set for November 11.

 



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