Willow comes from a large family who is on a tight budget. The expense of the surgery was more than they had budgeted for, so they reached out to the Foundation for help. Willow had surgery, and the vet says she should soon be back to playing with her 15-year-old Newfoundland mix sister.
Broken legs in dogs can be quite common. If you see any of the following signs or symptoms in your dog, be sure to take them to the vet right away:
- Unwillingness to put any weight on the injured leg; often picking the leg up and walking as a tri-pod
- Refusing to play, walk or go up the stairs
- Unusually aggression from the dog when you attempt to touch the leg that may be broken
- Howlng or whimpering -- this is a solid sign of pain in a dog
- Refusing to eat or isolating themselves away from you or the family
As a reminder: We’ve seen a lot of cases recently with dogs who have gotten out of their owners yard or house, and have been struck by a car. In June 2013, Fur Kids Foundation wrote a blog about dog proofing your back yard. Please take a minute to read this blog to see if there are things you can do to make your yard safer for your pets. Often, a pet will roam when it is unaltered. So, another great way to keep your pet safe and healthy is to spay or neuter them. We have a great page about the benefits of spaying and neutering your animal available here.
If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.