Friday, July 8, 2011

Spanky Post-Surgery Update

So it has been a couple of weeks since Spanky had his surgery and he is making awesome progress! For the first week or so, he really favored the other three legs and he would hold up the injured leg when walking at a quicker pace. We went for his post-surgery follow-up 10 days after his procedure and the vet said he was doing great. We are doing physical therapy with him at home to make sure that he has a good range of motion in his leg and each day he is using the leg more and more. Pretty soon he will be running and jumping with his foster siblings who cannot wait to play with their buddy.

Right after surgery - we were calling the little guy Franken-Spanky!
On our way home from his follow-up - no more staples!

The particular procedure is known as a Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO). In small dogs, like Spanky, recovery is great, though it will be important to keep him at an ideal weight so as not to unnecessarily stress the joint. He is finally ready to head to his forever home, so if you are interested in adopting Spanky, please check out his Petfinder profile and submit an application (which you can find on the Waggytail site).

Out for a ride in the car with his foster sister, Lola May

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