Updated 20 November 2011
Date of Birth:
Around 10-15kg when fully grown
Background: Poor little Bam was found during one of our CNR inspections. We were told that she was unable to poo as she has no anus but on inspecting her we discovered that she was covered in faeces. However there was obviously something very wrong as her abdomen was so extended. So we took her and endeavoured to find out what the cause was...
At the vets it was obvious that Bam didn’t have an anus; faeces was coming from her vulva instead. It was clear that she was going to need surgery! Bam was lucky in that she had a "type II" atresia ani - imperforate anus, where there was little distance between where the anus should be and where the colon was leading to her vulva, so it was basically a matter of making one opening and closing another. The surgeon would not have to move any length of colon, cut into the colon, or even cut into her abdomen. All of this made her a very good candidate for surgery.
Bam has since had the operation and is recovering nicely although she did have pneumonia and had to be hospitalised. She is currently at SCAD on 93 where she is learning to use her new anus – it’s going to be a long haul though as her muscles need to become strong in order for it to all work properly!
Features: Bam is a light brown colored dog with floppy ears and a long muzzle. She has a short tail with a black tip. Her poor start in life means she is very small for her age and she will always be a smaller dog.
Character: Bam has been through an awful lot, so she is understandably quite shy with humans. If you give her doggy food treats however, she will quickly become more sociable!
Elephant Nature Park dog sanctuary, Chiang Mai