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November 9, 2017 - Update on Jessie's surgery:
Thank you to those of you who have donated towards the "Save Jessie's Leg"" Campaign. So far we have raised $735 of the $5,000 needed to cover the surgery.
Per Dr. Marcellin-Little at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital, the surgery was a success. The road to recovery is a very long four to six months, but the initial results look great. Jessie is on strict crate rest until her check-up on November 20th.
If the results are as expected at her check-up, she will begin walking for 5 minutes, 4 times per day, working up to 20 minutes 4 times per day. We will provide another update after her check-up on November 20th.
Jessie is a beautiful 9 month old black and tan female German Shepherd who came into rescue at the age of 3 months, after she was attacked by the resident male English Bulldog in her home. Her owner called us after she took her to a local vet, and found out that the cost of the surgery to repair her leg was $1,800.00.
|This is Jessie on April 28th, the day we picked her up from the vet. She is rocking the pink and purple wrap for her temporary cast.|
Jessie was taken to Beckwith Veterinary Hospital the following Monday. She had surgery to remove the temporary cast and have both the radius and ulna reset on her left front leg. Her cast was removed and replaced twice over the next 4 weeks.
|This is Jessie on May 6th, a few days after the surgery at Beckwith.|
Unfortunately, after the six weeks of recovery, it was apparent that there was a lot more damage to the leg than expected. The ulna and radius were not growing at the same rate, and there was also damage to her elbow joint. As you can see in the picture below, the left leg is shorter than the right leg, and also a little twisted.
|This is Jessie on May 25th, the day her cast was removed.|
Another surgery was performed by Beckwith Veterinary Hospital to cut the ulna horizontally to give the radius a chance to catch up in length, and the elbow was also repaired.
|This is Jessie on July 3rd, during her recovery from the second surgery.|
Fortunately for Jessie there is Dr. Marcelin-Little at U.C. Davis Veterinary Hospital. He is a world-renowned Orthopedic Specialist in this field for canines. He has performed this specific surgery 153 times, and has a 97% success rate in returning a dog's leg to normal. He has evaluated Jessie, and feels based on his experience, that he can return Jessie to 97% of normal.
Those of you who have had surgery performed on your own dogs, you know that surgery is expensive, and so is this one. The original quote was $7,000, but U.C. Davis Veterinary Hospital has discounted the surgery to $5,000 since we are a non-profit rescue. The alternative is to amputate Jessie's leg. She is the sweetest pup, and we would like her to have a chance at a normal life.
For those of you who follow our organization, you know we don't ask for financial help very often. This is one of those times. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help pay for Jessie's surgery.
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Added November 2017