TLC consulted with a couple of great orthopedists to figure out what the best course of treatment would be. Multiple surgeries could be extra difficult because, in addition to the risks of being put under general anesthesia a few times, I would have to go through long periods of crate rest, start to feel better and then go through that all over again for the next surgery and that would be extra rough on a young pup like me. The visits with the vets included a bunch of x-rays & something they kept calling a “CAT scan,” which sounded very weird to me because I’m a dog but I was assured the cat thing would help them figure out what surgery I definitely needed.
One thing everyone agreed on was that it would be good for me to start doing some physical therapy at VRC in Malvern while my foster parents and TLC were consulting with Dr. May at HOPE Veterinary Services & Dr. Nannos at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates to figure out what the best treatment would be that would let me get back to the business of being a puppy as soon as possible. Ultimately, they all decided that I’d have FemoralHead Osteotomy for my hip and Ulnar Ostectomy to allow my leg to grow & help correct the issues from my wrist & elbow deformities. Dr. Nannos said he can do both procedures in one operation which means I get to avoid the some of the extra risks to being under general anesthesia and a bunch of operations and it would be less of a roller coaster ride of starting to feel better only to have to deal with more surgery and crate rest right away. I’m a puppy, I want to get well so I can play!
I just looked at the bills for my vet visits, diagnostic testing & physical therapy that happened to get me ready for surgery, and the estimates for my surgery, post-op care and physical therapy and boy does this cost a lot! TLC is estimating the costs just to get me adoption ready will be about $10,000. If you’d like to help pay for my surgery and physical therapy, you can click on the donate button to make a donation. Make sure you check the box to designate your donation go to a specific fund & then select mine and the money you donate will be used to pay for my vet care. If we raise more money than I need to pay for my surgery & physical therapy, any extra money will be used to pay for vet care for other dogs TLC is taking care of.