When Gold Ribbon Rescue gets notified of a Golden in need in the Palm Valley area, we know that they'll be coming to us through the shelter there, may have respiratory issues, and are likely in just overall ill health.
That was an understatement when it came to Mac.
Mac came to Gold Ribbon Rescue through Palm Valley Animal Control, but as an owner surrender.
Tragically, he had been run over by a truck and the owners had brought him to the shelter, unable to deal with his injuries themselves.
Imagine having a truck run over your legs ... the pain must have been excruciating!
When we were contacted, we had only until 5:30 to get him before he would be put to sleep due to the extent of his injuries.
That was just hours from when we were first contacted but our outstanding volunteer team immediately jumped in and brought him up to CTVSH here in Austin to be evaluated.
What a mess:
*Left ventral hip dislocation:
Mac is in a hobble, to prevent the rear legs from spreading apart.
“The hobbles prevent over extension & keep the hip in place.”
The hip should stay in place, but be aware that sometimes hips pop back out during the recovery period.
If the hip would pop back out, Mac may require surgery to hold the hip in the socket.
*Left knee cap dislocation:
This should resolve, now that the left hip is back in position
*Right hip very unstable, was dislocating in both directions.
The leg was 3 times it’s normal size, due to swelling.
Mac had sensation, but the foot was cold prior to surgery which meant surgery was needed ASAP.
Significant soft tissue damage & skin loss; very swollen.
Lots of time was spent removing gravel & debris
A 4 – 5” x 1” strip of dead & damaged & infected skin was removed
One of the ligaments, toward the left side, was damaged and an
artificial ligament & inserted a drain tube.
Mac is facing at least 8 weeks of exercise restrictions with a 6 month prognosis for full recovery, where
full may only be about 80% of normal.
Estimated cost: $3800
Once our wonderful vet at CTVSH said that he has fixed much worse cases than this, it was obvious to GRR.
We don't say no.
We look at the possibilities.
We give hope.
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