This big beauty is Blue, an 8 year-old Cane Corso. For her age, Blue is considered a senior citizen who happens to be dealing with pain. At the vet's office, Blue's mom learned that she had a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), as well as arthritis in her hips and knees; not uncommon for dogs this size.
For those who don’t know, the CCL, which is called the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans, is a tough band of tissue that connects the back of the femur (the bone above the knee) with the front of the tibia (the bone below the knee). The CCL keeps the tibia in place beneath the femur, and stabilizes the knee joint. In dogs, a ruptured CCL is the most common orthopedic injury and results in a painful and unstable joint.
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Unfortunately for Blue, torn ligaments do not heal on their own. Blue's mom is on a limited income and wanted to do the best thing for her dog, but wasn't sure what that was with what she could afford.
She applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were able to help with blood work, pain medicine and anti-inflammatory medication. Blues mom is going to keep an eye on her, do what she can to help with her arthritis. She will continue with blood work and purchasing medication to keep Blue comfortable.
About Fur Kids Foundation
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