Goldendoodle Pup Needs Hip Surgery
Sadly, unlike her litter mates, Tegan missed out on these simple joys because she was born with malformed hips. She is in constant pain. As she grows older, and her deformity grows worse, so will her pain. When Tegan started to limp, and it became clear that she was "defective,” she was unceremoniously dumped at a rural shelter. Alone. Anxious. And in pain.
Thanks to a good samaritan rescue, Tegan found her way to GRREAT*, and into a loving foster home. We did not see her as "defective." We saw a frightened puppy in pain that needed a little help in realizing her full potential. Although she is now safe, happy, and loved, without surgery she is still looking at a lifetime of progressively worsening pain.
Tegan requires corrective Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) surgeries in order to remain mobile as she reaches adulthood; and, to prevent the severe arthritis of the hips caused by hip dysplasia. Luckily she is young and otherwise healthy so chances of making a full recovery are excellent.
Our plan is to do one hip within the next month; allow several weeks of recovery, and then do the second hip. The surgery and recovery will be challenging for Tegan, as she will need several months of therapy to help her heal, strengthen her muscles, and learn to walk again. We not only hope to alleviate her pain, but also help her regain her confidence and restore her trust in the humans around her.
Our goal is to see Tegan be happy, healthy, and pain free; and, eventually, find a loving Forever Home of her own.
Tegan is just two surgeries away from being pain free. We cannot meet the financial burden of these surgeries without your assistance. Please join us in helping Tegan get the surgeries and follow-up therapy that will have a lifetime’s impact on her quality of life. Your generosity and compassion will help Tegan, and other special dogs like her, live happy, healthy, pain free lives. Thank you.
* Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training, Inc. (GRREAT) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, foster care, and placement of Golden Retrievers and Goldendoodles. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, skilled veterinarians, and the generosity, support and compassion of animal lovers like you, we never have, and never will, turn away a dog in need, including those like Tegan who require major medical help.
The original plan was to get her spayed while she was under. We were not able to do that because the little trickster went into heat just before surgery, so she's looking at one more surgery in a few months to take care of that.
According to the doctor, the delay in getting her spayed is a blessing in disguise, because reaching maturity before spaying will help her bones stay strong into the future.
For now, she's resting comfortably but she's not terribly interested in eating. We plan to go visit her and hopefully she comes home on Monday.
We will keep you updated as to her progress. Thanks for your ongoing support ... we are excited at being within striking distance of our GoFundMe goal.
Tegan underwent the first of her two TPO surgeries just before Thanksgiving, and it was a success.
Earlier this week, Tegan reached another milestone: the staples on her three incisions were removed, and the doctor says she is doing well. As a reward, she received a pink elephant toy!
Next week, she will get another check-up, and if all goes well, we will discuss starting her swim therapy.
Once again, THANK YOU to all of you who are helping her through this. As of today, we are only about half way to achieving our Go Fund Me goal!
If you have not already contributed, and wish to do so, please do so now. We would love to be able to reach our goal before Christmas!
We will keep you appraised of Tegan's progress.
Her surgery was on Wednesday, November 23, and she is in acute risk for 3 weeks until a bone callous forms over the corrected area. We have two more weeks left of absolutely strict confinement before we can allow her to move around without her sling. At that point we may be able to start her water therapy to help strengthen her muscles and bones without impacting her joints.
We'll start discussing her other hip in January.
Thank you for your support, this will be a long journey but she's so worth it!
Tegan had her first surgery last week. We had hoped that since she is young and otherwise healthy the chances of her making a full recovery would be excellent. However, while the surgery on her first hip was a success, the news was not all good.
It turns out that Tegan has soft bones so there is an enhanced risk that her bones could splinter, resulting in failure of the repaired joint. As a result, her recovery will be much longer than we had anticipated.
Tegan has a follow-up appointment with the surgeon this week, and we will know more then. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.