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Old 16th June 2010, 04:09 PM
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Help for a disabled Bordeaux mix?

Hi guys! I was referred here to see if I can get some more help. Here's the story...

On Sunday, June 6th, I was cruising the classifieds online (like I have no business doing), and ran across an newly posted ad of an ad I had seen weeks before. In the old ad, someone was selling an 11 week old Bordeaux/pit mix for $200 that had "lazy back legs". I had e-mailed the woman asking what that meant, and she told me he was out of her litter she had, was born breech, and couldn't use his back legs, and acted as though she was just looking to find the "best home for him." I told her that I'm a vet tech and would take him and do what I could for him, but that I was unwilling to pay for him because she had to decided to breed her dogs. She got angry with me and wouldn't answer. Her ad dissappeared. It reappeared Sunday for $50. I had my boyfriend call her and we convinced her to give him to us. I picked him up - he was covered in mud and fleas, he has muscle wasting in both rear legs, and has some open wounds on his legs. He was terrified the whole way home and continued to shake and not move when I got him home. I of course cried the whole time. I told my boyfriend he would probably have to be euthed because he didn't want to move at all. I brought out my little pit mix just to see what would happen, and he turned into a completely different dog! He was scooting around the floor, barking and trying to play with Shelby, and was just so happy and normal.

I took him to work with me and we did x-rays. One of the doctors I work with recommended FHOs right away on both hips. She said that the hips appear to be dislocated. The other vet I work for thinks this is severe hip displaysia and thinks that FHOs should be done, but doesn't really think he's ever going to be able to walk again.

I went to a holistic vet this past Friday and she thinks there is a chance he could walk again, and doesn't recommend FHOs...I suppose this is to be expected with a holistic vet. She put him on Calicifood, Myo-Plus, and Sesame Seed Oil.

I had a wheelchair made for him this past Saturday so that he can get around easier for now, and so his hips are in a more "natural position" otherwise he drags them behind him in kind of a "frog leg style." He gets around well in the chair, however since I've gotten it, he seems more depressed. Not sure what that is about.

I have an appointment with Dr. Robinette, who does rehab on Friday - that was the earliest appointment. I am also talking to a vet I used to work with who is now at Canine Health Institute...waiting on a call back from her right now.

I got him into a friend's pool....unfortunately he makes no effort to swim with his rear legs in the water, so that isn’t going to do much at this point.
He went to see a vet at Canine Health Institute today that I used to work for – she says that he has no spinal or nerve damage, and she’s pretty sure that we can get him to walk again. She recommended that we do physical therapy there 3 times weekly and do bilateral FHOs when we get some muscle built up.
If you’ve gotten this far, you have LOTS of patience! Lol. So, here is what I am looking for…
- My number one best option would be to find someone who is willing to take on the challenge of this little guy and adopt him. Maybe someone with experience in physical therapy, a fellow vet tech who has more resources than I do, or perhaps just someone who has enough resources to get him the care he really needs. I’m totally in love with this boy, but I also realize that this is going to be very hard for me financially. He, of course, is more than welcome to have a home here, I just can’t afford all the physical therapy he REALLY needs…I’ll have to figure out and do as much as I can…not that I don’t want to do it all, I just don’t think it’s gonna be possible. I’m definitely not kicking him to the curb, and know he’s my responsibility since I took him in, but…well, I’m sure you get the picture, hopefully.
- Another thing that would help, and is helping me right now is that if anyone is in my area (The Woodlands, TX), and just wants to help I could use access to a pool, a hot tub, or even just someone who may want to hang out with him in the mornings while I’m at work and do some massage on his legs…anything! I do have some AWESOME people from another forum who are helping me, and they have been lifesavers so far!

Anyways, I know this was really long, if I missed anything, let me know or ask me about it. If anyone has any ideas or can cross post this to rescues…ANYTHING, feel free. I’m willing to drive him anywhere I can arrange if I can find someone who really wants to adopt him, or do anything I can to help him get into the right hands.

Thank you!
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Old 16th June 2010, 04:20 PM
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Can you post pics of his x-rays? any pics of him showing his legs? Do his back legs move/flex on their own when he is lying down?
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Old 16th June 2010, 04:34 PM
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Im glad you came here! I was going to suggest it too!

Welcome to BDP and hope you get some answers!
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Old 16th June 2010, 06:50 PM
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Welcome to BDP! So sorry to hear about your pups problems, but what an awesome thing you did taking this guy in and giving him a chance at life. As for being depressed in the wheelchair maybe it will just take some time, coaxing with treats and tons of praise!!! I hope you can get better some answers!
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Old 16th June 2010, 07:54 PM
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Welcome to the Porch. Sure wish it was under better circumstances for your new pup. I'm Lori, mom to the three below. No advice, but there are folks here with lots of experience working with differently abled dogs.
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Old 16th June 2010, 09:43 PM
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OMG... We are seriously looking at potentially moving to Houston within the next year. I would TOTALLY help you out or potentially take him if we already were there!
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Old 16th June 2010, 10:28 PM
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Thanks guys! I'm going to try to get pictures and videos up on here (that were made by Ananda on DOL )...I'll have them up ASAP

Mastiff_mom: If you'd consider taking him, I'm willing to bet I can arrange to get him to you. I'd move the world for this little guy, my biggest problem is just that I know I'm not going to be able to afford all the physical therapy and surgeries he needs.
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Old 16th June 2010, 10:32 PM
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Is there any chance that TPO might be an option since he is so young?
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Old 16th June 2010, 10:47 PM
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Old 16th June 2010, 10:52 PM
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MORE PICTURES!

Chicago - I'm not sure, I hadn't even thought about it since everyone was recommending FHOs. I'll be sure to ask about this...thanks!
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Old 16th June 2010, 10:52 PM
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OMG How heartbreaking!!! Thank heavens you got him!!! Such a precious little man.
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Old 16th June 2010, 11:03 PM
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...just a side comment....Violet, your sig pic is ADORABLE.

I can't figure out how to get his x-ray pic on here...if I could e-mail it to someone who thinks they might be able to post it, pm me with your e-mail and I'll send it to you...I'm a little computer dumb. lol

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Old 16th June 2010, 11:17 PM
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...just a side comment....Violet, your sig pic is ADORABLE.

I can't figure out how to get his x-ray pic on here...if I could e-mail it to someone who thinks they might be able to post it, pm me with your e-mail and I'll send it to you...I'm a little computer dumb. lol
you can email it to me and i can get it on here for ya. discarce@yahoo.com
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Old 16th June 2010, 11:21 PM
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I e-mailed them, thank you!! They aren't very good x-rays - they were taken as soon as I picked him up, and at that point he wasn't used to being handled, so was really hard to get pictures of. But, they do show his hips.
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Old 16th June 2010, 11:23 PM
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Hi Jamie, Welcome to the porch!! There are many great people here with tons of experience and wisdom. Janice (lurchmom) has delt with lots of disabled animals, and Dana, our mighty porch leader, is a licensed nutritionist. They are just two among the many huge, caring hearts you will find here.

I have to say it was a pleasure to take Lt. Dan to the Canine Health Institute this morning. He was such a good boy and he has the cutest smooshy face I have ever seen. He has a very strong will and didn't complain at all when the vet pulled, pushed and measured everything. Everyone in the place was poking their head in the room to see him and there were 4 of them lined up at the door when we left to kiss his sweet face goodbye.

I want to say again, bless you for your kind heart and I know that we can all work together to find the best care for this precious soul. Please let me know if there is anything you need me to do before Monday.

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