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At A Glance
Lucy is a 17 week old female puppy she was born on July 1st , 1202. Her mother is a pure bread golden retriever and her father is a pure bread yellow pointer lab. She was surrendered to RAGOM because she was hit by a car and her family could not afford the surgery to repair her leg. It was a very expensive surgery and Lucy will need more follow up care which is all expensive. If you would like to sponsor a dog Lucy could sure use your support.
Little Lucy broke her thigh bone near the knee. The repair is difficult (pins and wires) and the rehab regimen will need to be followed closely in order to minimize scar tissue that can restrict her movement of that joint later in life. She also broke the top of her thigh bone that sits in the hip socket. The surgeon performed a femoral head osteotomy (FHO) which means the top part of the bone that fits into the socket was removed. This is a surgery typically done on older dogs with painful hip dysplasia not 4 month old puppies! Unfortunately, the bone could not be saved. Lucy will always need to remain lean and strong in order to support the joints and maintain less stress on them. She will also need to be on glucosamine/chondroitin for life as this helps the joints stay healthy. Hard work now with range of motion, heat and ice will help in the long run. We are very hopeful that she will not have a limp when all is healed! After her initial healing, consistent exercise will be key to avoiding muscle loss in the legs. All of this is trickier to predict in a growing puppy so we will do our best with the rehab instructions over the next several weeks as she heals. Many thanks to our wonderful ortho surgeon Dr. Rasmussen from Veterinary Surgical Specialists and Inver Grove Animal Hospital for so quickly helping our sweet girl!! As she is recovering from her surgery she will need to stay very calm, no running and playing. Have you ever seen a small puppy calm and not playing, this is going to be a big challenge for me but I am up for the task. Lucy is very sweet and very easy to love.
I am not sure what she will need in her forever home. Time will tell as she heals. Lucy lived on a farm and slept outside in a kennel. She is not house trained. We will be working on that. I have to carry her outside so this may take a little longer because she cannot walk to the door on her own. Her family said she has been around guns and the noise they make, she didn’t seem to mind. She has been exposed to cats and would probably be ok with them. Check back often to see how she is growing and how she is healing.
Thanks to RAGOM for taking her in and to Berry for getting her to me so quickly so I could get her the medical treatment that she needed.