Pellet Gun Shot
This 10 year old spayed female Labrador Retriever was examined for a small puncture wound above the flank and forward of the hip. The owner was concerned the dog had been impaled by a stick. The wound was circular and seemed to originate from behind the dog which is unusual for an impalement injury. Two x-rays were taken – one from the side and the other from the top to bottom.
A very dense object with one domed end and a flared end was seen. This object is circled in yellow.
The dog was anesthetized and underwent exploratory surgery to recovery the lead pellet that was buried deeply in the musculature of the lower back. Gun shot and pellet wounds are at risk for becoming infected. As the pellet passes through the skin, it carries with it hair, skin and debris deep into the tissues. This material is laden with bacteria and can result in infections and or abscesses.
This dog made an uneventful recovery from surgery. Fortunately no body cavity or organs were punctured.