with this sweet face, somehow, events in this dog’s life lead him to a
municipal shelter. A no-kill organization was contacted to rescue
this cute, young dog. Soon after being vetted, microchipped and
neutered, Patrick was on the way to his new home.
He lived six short months with his adopted family. The story
about what happened to his paw changed as time went by. The most
fitting version is that Patrick got his paw caught in a door when it
was accidentally shut on his limb. He was taken to a vet for
X-rays. The results showed he had a fractured ulna and radius,
above the right wrist. The estimated cost of the surgery was
$2,700. Since the family did not have those funds available, the
vet offered a different option. He placed the paw in a cast in
the hope that the fracture would heal. A few weeks later, Patrick
was given antibiotics for a massive skin infection where the cast had
rubbed his skin raw. The time spent in a cast, 8 weeks, atrophied
all the muscles and damaged ligaments and tendons, but did not correct
the fracture. The family returned him to the animal rescue they
had adopted him from.
was taken to various specialists for an evaluation of his injury.
The rescue group settled on an orthopedist who came highly recommended
and who discounted his services. He had a procedure called a
fracture repair for non-union of the distal radius.
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A 6 cm
incision was made. An internal fixation, a 6 hole Tplate with 5
screws were used to stabilize the break. The 6th screw would not
tighten, so a piece of bone graft was taken from the humerus to be
applied to the open hole in the plate and around the fracture
A couple of days later,
Patrick returned to his foster home
with a splint on his leg, antibiotics, pain medication and wearing an
He will remain crated for a few weeks and can only take
5 minute potty breaks on a leash. He has follow-up appointments
to change his splint every 2 weeks. At 8 weeks post-op, he will
have a series of X-rays.
healing will be slow, but he needs your support to help pay for his
surgery. This rescue organization is struggling with those
expenses. Please send us your donation. Any amount,
will be appreciated.