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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Helping Give Dani a Leg to Stand On

Adoptable Dani arrived to Washington, DC on Saturday, August 25th, from the Lenoir County SCPA, in the little town of Kinston, NC. Lucky Dog has been a proud rescue partner for this dedicated shelter for some time, and because of their rescue program with groups like Lucky Dog, nearly 800 dogs' lives, just like Dani's, were saved last year. 

Shortly after Dani got to town to start her new life as a Lucky Dog, her foster mom noticed that after some time playing with her foster sister, Dani showed a slight limp on her right hind leg and ran a little funny.  Under normal conditions and without careful observation, this limp could have easily gone unnoticed, as Dani was careful to put just a little pressure on the leg when she walked, and delicately shifted weight to her left side when she sat back on her haunches. We seemed to think there may be an old injury we should check out as a precaution, and took her to our friends at Hayfield Animal Hospital to get some X-Rays. 

Unfortunately, the X-Rays revealed our Dani has has a luxated hip and will need Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) surgery. Without it, this young lady, at only 1 year old, will continue to lose muscle mass and be arthritic at a very young age. With it, she will be able to recover with some physical therapy and resume a healthy life. 

The cost of this surgery is estimated to be $4,000 before physical therapy and follow-ups, but if you know us by now, then you know all our Lucky Dogs who need critical care while they are in our care receive it, and Dani is no exception. But we need your help!

Please make a donation to Dani's care so that she literally have a leg to stand on. You can donate here on the critical care blog at our Chip In Page, or at 

Thank you for your support, and please also continue to follow up here on the Critical Care Blog to see how our sweet girl is doing through her recovery. We will keep you updated on how she is coming along!

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