Fancy’s recorded history begins in a dumpster. This part of the country shoots dogs when they are no longer wanted, needed or have become a “nuisance”. They are basically a worthless piece of property. Many are abandoned or dumped - all ages, all sizes, all breeds, all mixes. Why waste the price of a bullet on them!
She noticed that Fancy could not walk. Her hind limbs were extended forward and rigid. Obviously not a fresh injury. She took her home to give medical care to the decubiti on her back leg and on her behind. These sores had developed from dragging herself around and soiling herself. Because of her incontinence, Fancy wears a diaper, the same size that premature babies use.
Our animal lover dropped off the little dog at her vet the next day for vaccinations and radiographs. When she returned to pick her up, the vet gave her the grave news - the dog was paralyzed because of a gun shot pellet lodged in her spine. When asked what could be done to help Fancy, the vet looked at the lady and to her dismay responded coldly “There is nothing that can be done for her except to put her down.”
During the operation, a durotomy, the bullet was excised from the spinal column and a right sided hemilaminectomy was performed at L4-L5. Since her surgery, Fancy has done fairly well. The feeling to her right rear leg is still absent, but the sensation to her left leg appears improved. The vet is not greatly concerned about this at this time because of the location of her surgery. It will take between two to three months to determine if she will recover more function to her rear legs and have normal bodily functions.
Even at a considerably reduced cost, thanks to her kind and generous neurosurgeon, this intervention was costly. This was Fancy’s only hope to live the quality life every dog should - walking, running, jumping - not scooting across a floor or walking on her two front legs like an acrobat.
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