Thanks to everyone for their compassion and concern for Bella. Thought I would fill you in a little more on her injuries and her future.
A lot of people have asked what breed Bella is and the answer is . . . we really don't know but based on her facial cowlick, she may have some Rhodesian Ridgeback in her.
When Bella was first brought to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, Dr. Sarah Leigh (ER vet) thankfully performed all the immediate and joint saving wound care that allowed her right leg to be saved.
When surgeon, Dr. Elaine Holmes, first met Bella, she was laying in her cage, sedate on pain medications but still giving kisses, looking at up with those bright eyes that said "help me and I'll love you forever." Dr. Holmes already knew from Dr. Leigh that they were dealing with severe and potentially catastrophic damage to Bella's right knee and a very complicated shattered left femur. The injuries Bella sustained were not typical injuries so the doctors needed to be a little creative with her repairs. They had to place 3 small pins in her leg in addition to suturing her ligament and tendon back together. They placed a large bandage on Bella's leg to keep tension off the repairs.
Now they are in the process of trying to get Bella out of the bandage to start intensive rehabilitation to get her to use the leg more normally again. Since the left femur was completely shattered they had to put an external skeletal fixator on the bone to stabilize it.
The good news is that Bella will likely get all of the implants for her fractures out within the next 6 weeks but it is very labor intensive in the meantime.
The great news is that so far she is using both legs! She will still need a lot of work on the right leg to get her to use it better and she will likely never be 100% normal on that side but the left is looking better and better everyday.
Bella's doctors hope to take some x-rays next week and see how things are going on the inside.
Although she's been through an awful lot, she continues to have a very sweet, rambunctious puppy personality!
Thanks again to everyone who helped spread the word about this extraordinary puppy! We truly appreciate it.
Bella practicing her calendar pose.
Bella being checked by Dr. Holmes.