In September 2010 when he was only 8 months old, "Patch," a black and white Coton-de-Tulear, tangled with a car while his owners were visiting friends in Walla Walla, Washington. After a local veterinarian examined Patch and saw the extent of his injuries, she immediately referred Dan and Kathy Schwartz of Seattle, Washington, to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Luckily, the Schwartzes were able to fly from Walla Walla to Pullman, arriving just hours after Patch’s accident.
"With extensive trauma, the sooner we can start treatment the better," said Dr. Sabrina Barry, WSU small animal surgery resident. "For small animals like Patch, the magnitude of the trauma is greater because of his size."