This is Vinny, a 4-year-old Boston Terrier, a true American Gentleman, as they are so commonly referred to as due to the tight tuxedo jacket, sporty yet compact body, and the friendly glow in their big, round eyes.
His mom, who is on Social Security Disability, noticed that Vinny was limping and not acting like his usual self. So, she brought him to the vet where it was discovered that Vinny needed knee surgery!
Poor Vinny has a condition called patella luxation, or a floating kneecap, which means his kneecap moves out of the correct position and makes it hard for him to move his leg.
Unfortunately, a floating kneecap is one of the most common genetic orthopedic diseases in dogs, and is frequently seen in Bostons, as well as Chihuahuas, Miniature Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers. Most dogs will show signs of this condition in their younger years, but older dogs show it as well. The condition can cause some discomfort and pain for your dog, as well as make it hard for them to want to engage in movement or play. If your dog has a bow-legged stance, or skips and limps when they walk, they could likely be affected. There is also a 50% chance that the condition will also be in the other leg.
The vet has recommended a RidgeStop procedure to help correct Vinny’s knee, and help him get to being the dog he used to be! Since Vinny’s patella (or kneecap) keeps moving out of place, a medical-grade RidgeStop implant could help by creating a stable groove for the knee. The surgery can be very costly, though.
Vinny’s mom applied for assistance with Fur Kids Foundation, and we were happy to help. Due to the high cost of the surgery, right now Vinny’s mom has opted to restrict his movement and manage his pain until she can raise the funds needed to complete the surgery.
About Fur Kids Foundation
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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