Faith is an adult, mixed breed dog that came to Affiliated Veterinary Specialists – Orange Park from a local rescue group (SAFE Pet Rescue) in the Jacksonville, FL area. She was found and brought to a local shelter and had sustained multiple injuries. We suspect that her injuries were most likely caused by being hit by a car. Unfortunately, her injuries are chronic in nature, probably about 4 weeks old and she has learned how to scoot around and pull herself with her front end.
Her major injuries are a right hip luxation and left tibia/fibula fracture. She has normal neurologic function in the hind legs, however she has no support in the back legs……..until surgery. In addition to her orthopedic issues, she also is heartworm disease positive. The decision was made to address the orthopedic conditions in order to get her mobile and then focus on the heartworm disease. The heartworm disease always makes anesthesia more complicated, but with the proper precautions, she did great. Due to the chronicity of the hip luxation, a femoral head ostectomy was performed and the left tibia/fibula fracture was repaired.
Just two days after surgery she is starting to stand on her own and take some steps forward. She is very sweet and has determination. She will make a great addition to someone’s home when she recovered. It is exciting to know that she has been given a well deserved second chance. Please go to the SAFE Pet Rescue website: http://www.safe-pet-rescue-fl.com or following them on Facebook: SAFE Pet Rescue to learn more about Faith and other adoptable dogs!!