Chloe is a cute Dapple Dachshund, approximately 2 years
old, who was
brought to a local municipal shelter as a stray with a broken leg. No
one came looking for her! For an animal to have a chance at
living a full life, the pound is not the place to come with medical
issues. While a plea went out to please save Chloe from of a
bleak future, she was kept as comfortable as possible with pain
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A rescue group picked Chloe up from the facility and took her
immediately for veterinary care. Xrays revealed a broken humerus
to her left leg.
A pre-surgery blood panel indicated liver values
“off the chart”.
Chloe had probably been hit by a car which
resulted in some liver bruising, her broken leg and scrapes on her
backside. The surgery would have to be postponed until her labs
returned to normal or she might not survive the procedure. Even
with a leg splint, an IV and difficulty moving, she kept giving little
kisses to everyone who cared for her.
The next day there were grave concerns that Chloe was
improving. She was not placing any weight on her legs, but could
move them lying down. The veterinarian was worried she might have
suffered a spinal cord injury. Her lab results were still
abnormal. She was given fluids, steroids, antibiotics hoping this
would improve her prognosis.
Five days later, Chloe was doing much better! Her liver values
had come down, but she was running a temperature. It was decided
to schedule the surgery regardless. The veterinarian remained
optimistic that there would be enough bone to attach a plate from the
humerus to the elbow joint , place a pin and screws to stabilize the
leg and save her limb.
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Chloe did well through the operation, but her bones are
so small that
there is apprehension the operation may not be successful. She
remained under observation at the clinic until she could place weight
on her legs. On the third day post-op, Chloe stood on her three
legs and her blood work had returned to normal! She was
discharged that same day.
She is now on strict crate rest. Out to potty and back in her
crate for the next four weeks at least. Since she keeps wanting
to put weight on that front leg, her foster mother has devised a
strategy to hold her front legs off the ground with a wrap around her
abdomen and torso when she goes out to relieves herself. Her
foster mom keeps repeating what a sweet little girl she is, always
wagging her tail and how much she loves to snuggle. Chloe
has a follow-up appointment in two weeks to have her staples removed
and have more xrays of her leg. These initial post-op radiographs
will indicate if the surgery was successful.
Dear donors, please help with her veterinary
expenses. Chloe will
require more care with frequent visits to the clinic to assess how the
fracture is healing. She will be treated for heartworms and be
spayed at a later date. The only way for these rescuers can
continue their good work, is by being assisted financially by wonderful
benefactors who believe in aiding an innocent creature. We thank
you for your kind gift.
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