Jake came to us with a broken hind leg that had been fixed by the shelter. Unfortunately the pin they used was too small and it was bent causing issues when he arrived to us. He had to have surgery again with us and will now need to be have a cast on for at least two months. He is also showing some signs of neuropathy in his front leg. Our vet is hoping that improves over time because Jake’s foot rights itself when the vet flips it under, which is a sign of improvement. The vet is optimistic. Keep this boy in your thoughts.
Update 7/27/12: The vet has recasted him but he is not optimistic that it is healing correctly. He wants to leave the cast on for another month and then reassess. His front leg is actually worse as it is getting atrophied but the vet can’t find anything on the x-ray so it must be neurological. We are hoping maybe building up the muscle tone with swimming or something will help once the back leg has healed.
Update 8/14/12: Jake’s foster could tell that sores were forming under the cast, so he was taken in early to change the cast. When the vet removed the cast, he was worried the sores would get infected if surgery was done right away. The infection could spread to the bone, so the vet is leaving the cast off for a week before redoing the pin surgery the first shelter did. The short pin will be replaced with the correct size, and he will be reassessed two weeks later. Jake’s additional surgery will cost $1,000.
Update 8/28: Jake had his surgery. The vet pinned and splinted. Due to the damage from the first pin, the vet had to do both. The vet is very optimistic that this will work, but to ensure the best healing, the vet wants Jake to be boarded with him for the month, which will add to his costs. We feel this is best for Jake because he will have constant attention and care. Check out the new photo of him in his splint.
Collar and Leash:
* Kathleen Vizedom donates to help Jake. Hopefully he is on a road to recovery. He is a lucky dog to have so many rooting for him!
* Thomas Schinke has sponsored Jake’s neuter and donates to help IDR+ with a month of food for Jake. Thanks so much!