Eustace and his Technically (brilliant) Pressure Sore Coat


Eustace and his Technically (brilliant) Pressure Sore Coat

This is from Lynne Timm of DanMedicaSouth Ltd

“We are a small UK medical company specializing in pressure care, we recently launched a new industry changing, unique community pressure sore overlay which has not only been clinically proven by the NHS to help heal up to Stage 4 ulcers, it has also entered the veterinary field having successfully treated a stage 2 ulcer on the sternum of a three legged sheep called Eustace.

Eustace full picture 05_30 May Eustace afterOur ground breaking technology allows animals suffering from painful pressure sores to be successfully treated using a simple pad laid in their bed. It has also been used in a coat for Eustace (please see photos).  The reason for touching base with you is that we thought this news would be of interest to your members (?)


I have attached a photo of Eustace and have included his owner’s testimonial for you to read below.  We think the Treat Eezi pad can be used in so many different ways with respect to animal welfare as both a preventative and a treatment tool, certainly in reducing abscesses.

Please feel free to come back to us if this is of interest.”



Here is the testimonial

My daughter went on a lambing placement, and arrived to be greeted by a dead ewe and lamb, but the other twin had survived.

During the following week multiple attempts were made to ‘mother up’ the lamb to various ewes, but with no success. He just couldn’t get the hang of suckling, although he would take a little from a bottle. Towards the end of the week he became lame. Even from this early age he was very engaging and active despite his very poor start.

He came home with us, at the farmer’s suggestion, because despite the farmer’s best efforts they just couldn’t get him to mother up and he simply wouldn’t have survived. He had been given the nickname ‘Useless’ because of his various difficulties, which I converted to ‘Eustace’ which I thought was much nicer!

I bottle fed him every 4 hours for weeks – it took him a long time to learn to suck properly even from a bottle. He continued to have much enthusiasm for life despite continued difficulties getting the hang of eating. His lameness got worse and we spent several weeks trying very hard in conjunction with the vets to get on top of the infection in his joint. He had also developed a respiratory condition but that got resolved.

We had his joint x-rayed which showed it was irreparably damaged and we assumed he would have to be put down. However one of the vets suggested amputation. To cut a long story short we went ahead with that option.

Sheep and anaesthetic don’t mix very well and I didn’t expect him to survive the procedure but he did, despite taking a very long time to come round. He coped incredibly well, the wound healed nicely and he became very adept on 3 legs.  

He continued to find eating a challenge but eventually got the hang of it and by the end of the summer had been weaned onto grass! 

We noticed that his front leg was growing curved due to the burden of all the weight through the one front limb. In attempt to provide him with support we tried various casts and even a custom built orthotic boot but unfortunately none of these worked and we are now in the position where his carpus (knee) is will no longer straighten. (this is what we need Noel Fitzpatrick to fix!) He is currently having a wheelchair type trolley being made for him as he is now too heavy for me to get him out to his field and back.  He has retained his tremendous enthusiasm for life and shouts and shouts to go out in the morning (and shouts to come in at night as well!)

Alongside all of this, in December he got what I thought was a graze on his sternum. As you know this gradually turned into a decubitus ulcer and finally 5 months later, and thanks to the Treat Eezi pad which he started to wear in at the beginning of April, we have finally got on top of it. (most recent photo that I will send separately showing further dramatic improvement)

Nursing the wound involved multiple dressing changes each week, debridement, lavage and the very huge challenge of incorporating the pad into his jacket, which I have had to re adjust all over again now that he has been shorn.

I can honestly say he has been and remains the most challenging case I have ever had to nurse and care for, (and I have owned a good many animals over the years with various needs) but the easy bit has been that it is impossible not to want to help him because of his endless enthusiasm for life despite his various difficulties.

The challenges that remain are to completely heal and then manage his ulcer site so the ulcer does not return, and to hope that he will take to his trolley so that he can enjoy some periods of time out and about more easily than now. I also massage his legs and shoulders twice a day in the hope of improving whatever is going on in his front leg and joints.



CBeebies looking for families with a disabled pet

If you and your child are taking care of a disabled pet, this might interest you:cbeebies

“We are currently working on a 3rd series of a popular Children’s programme called ‘My Pet and Me’ which is shown on CBeebies. The programme focuses on how a child (aged 4-7 years) cares for and interacts with their pet and we are very interested in hearing from adults (Parents, Grandparents, Aunties & Uncles etc.) who along with a child and their pet, would like to get involved in the new series.

We were wondering if your organisation knew of any families in the UK who have disabled pets and would be interesting in applying? If so, please find a suitable flyer attached that will give them more information on the programme and all of the necessary information on how to apply.”

Contact the organisers direct if you want to take part. More here

Facebook and email address

We’ve been up and running on Facebook for a little while now, tracking down others to follow and building a little following of our own. It’s a more dynamic environment than a blog and, once people find you, a more responsive one. Come and have a look Disabled Animals Club.

There’s a new email address too. The Yahoo address still works via a redirect but it would be good now to put this one in your contacts instead

This site won’t go away any time soon but eventually, when there’s just the tumbleweed blowing through it, it may be retired.

See you over the way 🙂

Suzanne Conboy-Hill

Article about pets living with disability – journalist seeks info

This request came via email. Maybe you can help.

My name is Karen Cornish and I’m a freelance journalist specialising in pets. I’ve been commissioned by PetPeople (the magazine for PetPlan insurance) to write an article on disabled pets and I’m hoping you can help me?

This is the brief I’ve been given…


Tripods and heroes

Many pets live happily with disabilities thanks to dedicated, caring owners, with clubs and forums actively celebrating their unique status – hence the ‘tripod’ nickname for three-legged cats. Please provide some context as to why these pets are so celebrated and cherished before highlighting some lovely examples of happy pets living well with a disability. Please include brief advice from the Disabled Animal Club on how to support a pet with a common disability, for example, how to adapt training for a dog that has become deaf, or physio for helping pets who have lost a leg.

If you can find specific cases studies, including decent photos, that would be excellent – even better if any of them are Petplan customers and made an insurance claim following the accident or illness that left them disabled. The Disabled Animal Club may be able to help you source these.”

I am hoping you can help with some general advice (or point me in the right direction) as well as helping to find some case studies? PetPeople are keen for me to lead with a three-legged cat if possible. They’ve only given me a week for this so if you can help I would be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible!


Kind regards

Karen Cornish


Writer, editor and proofreader

07900 993834


Moving to Facebook?

When DAC began, the internet had barely got off the ground. We even put out a print newsletter with cut and paste meaning exactly that and post meaning lugging boxes of enveloped magazines, weighing them, and sticking on the stamps which, if you remember that far back, had to be licked!

Then, as the information superhighway began taking detours to the end of most people’s roads, albeit slow as a slug up a pipe, the newsletter seemed unresponsive and out-dated. We couldn’t update it and we couldn’t respond in a timely manner to letters. We switched to a website and then, as even that was overtaken by faster moving platforms, to WordPress.

But times have moved things along again: searches are so easy, our lists can’t keep up, and the way people use social media means they expect conversations, not static pages.

So it may be time to move on again – this time to Facebook. I am looking into Pages to see how we can accommodate our best WordPress features and I will come back here to let everyone know. We may also change our email address as Yahoo no longer works well with Outlook. Again, I’ll make that clear here.

This site won’t go for quite a while and then I will put it in ‘dry dock’ to preserve its history. Before that happens, there will be a post with all you need to find us and connect.

Back soon 🙂