Please visit Sasha's webpage for more in-depth information:
Sasha is a beautiful Samoyed that came into rescue in April 2010. Though we followed up with a few homes for her, they all fell through for one reason or another. I quickly knew why - it was fate - this Sasha was my "heart dog" - my soul mate dog. She loves all the dogs that come through our rescue, and mothers all the kittens.
(Above: Sasha's first picture when entering rescue)
Our vets estimated Sasha to be 2-3 years old when she came into rescue. She had a bit of a funny walk, but never would never show symptoms of pain, so we assumed she was tethered or otherwise restricted in her short life (we knew NOTHING of her life before our rescue, she was a stray).
This last year Sasha had started limping, and after doing some extensive vetting and testing, we came to the conclusion that this poor girl likely suffered a hard trauma at an early age that caused her hips to go much earlier than, say, an average dog with hip dysplasia or arthritis. Our regular vet suggested a visit to Canada West Specialists, and once there, they confirmed Sasha was indeed a candidate for a newer hip replacement surgery that could make her feel like a puppy again - this is really exciting, considering that Sasha has never walked "normal" - we cannot wait to see what the outcome of the surgery does for her. We think Sasha is currently 6-8 years old, and Samoyed dogs typically live for 12-15 years.
(Above: An actual x-ray of Sasha's hips)
For now we are medicating with an NSAID pain reliever (Meloxicam, generic Metacam) and lubricating with many expensive joint supplements. However, this runs the risk for any dog of stomach ulcers and other complications within as little as one year, so it is not a feasible way to keep helping Sasha with her hip problem. She would also like lose most mobility within a few years, and be very restricted on how long she could walk for etc.
Total Hip Replacement is a new surgery that is really amazing. It has a 95% success rate, and the worst case scenario is a very small chance of infection. If that occurs, the vet will revert the surgery to an FHO. Total Hip Replacement is done at 2 separate times, on one hip each time.
You can read more about Sasha's story on her webpage. Please contact us with any other questions you have.
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