DESCRIPTION Got a call from a volunteers about a dog in Rocky Mount NC that had wandered up to a good Samaritan's property and he couldn't put any weight on his left front leg. The family first saw him in the woods behind their home and saw he was limping. when they tried to see what was wrong he would run away. Over the next few days they put food out for him each day a little closer to the house. After a couple of days he came up to the back of the house and the wife took a blanket outside and sat next to him until she had his confidence. She then got him to come into the garage where she set up a blanket and some food in a crate, the plan being he could stay in the garage until they could get him to the vet. Buddy didn't want to go in the crate but the door to the house was open so he went into the house and hopped upon the couch. The family named him Buddy and took him to a local vet who examined Buddy's leg and determined that he had been dragging his left front leg for some time as the two center toes were broken swollen and infected. Additionally he found the legs Radial Nerve was damaged as Buddy had no response during reflex testing. He told them there was nothing that could be done recommended his leg be amputated but wanted to wait until he had a course of antibiotic to fight the infection vaccines. They updated all his vaccines. Note: The radial nerve is the largest nerve in the front leg and is responsible for extending the elbow, wrist and toes. The family had another dog and are on a fixed budget and could not afford the cost of having his leg amputated so the vet gave them one of our volunteers contact information who they contacted to see if we could help. We talked to the family and arranged to get Buddy and bring him to York Vet Hospital for an exam and possible amputation. Our vet examined him and confirmed that his radial nerve was damaged. Buddy had no movement or sensation in the leg additionally the legs muscles had atrophied. She recommended that his leg be amputated and had an opening the next day. His leg was successfully amputated without complication during a lengthy operation. He stayed at the vets for several days for observation and to make sure there are no complications
Update: Buddy is so happy. He will be finished his heartworm rest this week, then gradually get back to regular exercise. He LOVES toys, Nyla bones and marrow bones. He makes you laugh everytime he chases a tennis ball around the house by himself. Buddy is a cuddler, both on the sofa and bed. He gets along fine with the two resident dogs, but prefers not to share his toys. Even though he is a tripod, he can jump a 4 foot fence without touching the top, so at least a 5 foot fence is necessary.
Update: Buddy is a stunning 2 year old black lab. He had his left, front leg amputated on January 17, but don't tell Buddy that. He can do anything a four legged lab can do. He loves to play with a tennis ball by himself, batting it around the house and chasing it. Buddy doesn't have any problems with hardwood floors. He can jump up on sofas and beds. He loves to sleep with you. Buddy is really blossoming. He has started playing with the resident lab. He loves his toys and chasing a tennis ball. Buddy loves to cuddle, sleep with you and isn't an early riser. You would never know he is a tripod the way he runs around the house and the backyard. He is a great car rider and is well behaved in pet friendly stores. He loves to go for car rides and gets excited when he sees you getting ready. He is such a sweetheart.
Adopters must meet these requirements:
Setting: Rural, Suburban
Dwelling: Single Family Home
Fencing: Must have physical fence at least 5 feet tall.
This dog is available for adoption from Lab Rescue LRCP. Lab Rescue LRCP rescues and places dogs in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and northeast North Carolina (30 miles east of I-95 and north of the Pamlico Sound.) Adopters must travel to Maryland, or Virginia with their family - human and canine - to meet the dog they want to adopt.
Lab Rescue LRCP has between 40 - 80 dogs available for adoption from foster homes across Maryland and Virginia, and at monthly adoption events. The adoption event dates and locations are listed at www.lab-rescue.org.
If you are interested in adopting, please visit www.lab-rescue.org and complete an adoption application. After you submit an application, you will hear from an Adoption Coordinator who will guide you through the adoption process.
An adoption fee is charged to cover the cost of veterinary care and a home visit is required.
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