Nicaraguan dog with damaged snout arrives in Ottawa for surgery

A mixed beagle named Tyson whose snout was sliced with a machete in Nicaragua has arrived in Ottawa for a surgery that aims to repair his face.

Warning: Some people might find the photo of Tyson the dog disturbing

Andrea White travelled with Tyson from Nicaragua to Ottawa. (Provided)

A mixed beagle named Tyson has made the long journey from Nicaragua to Ottawa for a facial reconstruction surgery after part of his snout was chopped off with a machete.

Ottawa veterinarian Graham Thatcher first found out about Tyson in an Instagram photo and offered to perform the operation free of charge.
Ottawa veterinarian Graham Thatcher examines Tyson before going ahead with a surgery to repair his snout. (CBC)

After several months and a few hurdles, Thatcher's partner Andrea White travelled to Nicaragua to pick Tyson up and bring him back to Ottawa. 

"It's pretty exciting to finally pick him up at the airport last night," Thatcher said. "The wound has definitely progressed. It's worse than I had anticipated but it was still quite great to see how resilient and strong this little dog is. You'll see that he's quite bouncy-trouncy."

The cut to Tyson's snout is so severe you can see into his mouth and nasal passage when he chews.

A decaying section of bone will have to be removed from Tyson's face, then Thatcher will "try to make a plan to put him back together so that he's functional."

I'm absolutely confident I can improve his quality of life.- Ottawa veterinarian Graham Thatcher

Thatcher hopes to bring Tyson some comfort but said it could be months before he can actually perform the operation. 

"If he doesn't have a heart full of worms and the risk for anesthesia isn't too high, we'll plan to go ahead next week," he said. "I'm absolutely confident I can improve his quality of life. How we're going to do that, I'm not sure yet but I know we're going to make him feel better."

Tyson is on antibiotics and currently undergoing tests.


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