This is Sam! He is a super sweet dog who has not had the best of luck!
He came to Queen's Best Stumpy Dog Rescue as a stray and had two (2) of the largest hernias the vet had ever seen. He had a bilateral perianal hernias that were so big, they pinched off his rectum and prevented him from being able to poop :( His bladder also flipped, preventing him from peeing. The vet got him all fixed up and he has been recovering nicely.
Recently though, Sam started to limp and have some potty accidents. He went back to the vet's office, they took X-Rays and this is (Picture above) what they found - mineralization under the meniscus of his back right knee. Sam must have torn his ACL before his QBSDR days and it went untreated. Because of his thickened knee and the mineralization, he needed to see a orthopedic specialist.
Fast forward to now, he needs surgery again! It is called TPLO - Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. This surgery will help repair Sam's torn ACL.
Here is the breakdown of what the orthopedic estimated.
Poor Sam is likely to have more surgeries in the future. In the future, he might need the other knee repaired - dogs that need TPLO usually need the other side done as well. He also has the risk of needing another hernia repair - straining to go to the bathroom can cause hernias. Since Sam has had hernias before, he is more likely to have another.
Hopefully, that doesn't happen though! But it is a risk for this sweetheart! He has such a great temperament that this will not hold him down. And with such a great support system as QBSDR and all of you, he is sure to get better to find his forever home!!
And this is Buster!!!! He has been living with degenerative joint disease since he was a young pup.
When he came to Queen's Best Stumpy Dog Rescue, he was 55 pounds! X-Rays were one of the first things he had done in order to see how bad he was. In the picture, you can see the his femoral joint heads are completely flat.
Buster has done a great job at losing weight and is now down to 29 pounds! The extra weight was a contributing factor of his pain because the weight would force the bones to rub harder together. So shedding some weight was the first step.
Buster is mobile and is very resiliant as he has been living with this problem for a long time. He does show signs of pain, such as he pants heavily and is anxious.
The next step is surgery. He went to see the orthopedic specialist.
Unlike Sam, Buster will need both of his hips repaired - a surgery known as FHO: Femoral Head Osteotomy. This will help Buster emencely! By having this surgery, Buster will be able to be more comfortable and have a better quality of life. He'll have increased mobility and enjoy all the great doggie things in life!
For both Sam and Buster, not only will these surgeries help improve their quality of life, but it will also increase their chances at a furever home!! That is the ultimate goal!
So come on guys and gals, let's rally together and help these amazing dogs! Let's give them all the love and support!!