October 5, 2017
Meet Dave! He is currently on route to Edmonton! Dave is severely injured. While he may look like he is just chillin’ in the grass in this picture, he is actually not able to move. He laid here in this rural ditch for days before his guardian angel decided to stop and check him. He was taken to the nearest town vet, where he was given pain meds to help get him comfortable, and X-rays were taken which revealed his badly broken pelvis. We put out a plea to do an emergency transport and get him to Edmonton and one of our amazing volunteers stepped up and made the long round trip tonight so this sweet boy can get the medical attention he needs. At this point we don’t know what will be needed – we assume we will eventually need a quiet foster home where he will be able to recover in comfort and peacefully after his surgery is completed. We don’t know when his surgery will be, cost, or recovery time… we don’t know a lot right now but hopefully tomorrow will bring many answers. Eventually this boy will be seeking a forever home, so please help us out by sharing his story.
October 6, 2017
The amazing medical team at Guardian Vet have been reviewing radiographs and CT scan results for Dave over the past day and a half. Dave is not the easiest to work with as he is very fearful of new people and protects himself from more pain. Therefore the process to assess him has been long and very difficult for them. They have concluded that the breaks in Dave’s pelvis are from well over two years ago, and have long since healed, albeit incorrectly. To repair this old injury would be very extensive, and very involved, which would not be a big deal except they do not feel that any of the pain that Dave has is a result of his broken pelvis. The surgery would cause a great deal of unnecessary pain for Dave. The break causes an irregular gait, but nothing shows it would be a source of his pain. They believe that he has perhaps been hit by another vehicle (sheer speculation) or something of the sort which has caused him extreme soft tissue injuries. From the time that Dave was found until today we have noticed significant improvement in his movement and even (a small amount) his ability to trust select people (not feeling he needs to protect his body from being pained). He has been on anti-Inflammatories along with relatively heavy doses of pain medications. This seems to be helping him improve immensely. Dave will be moved to a foster home tomorrow morning where he will be monitored closely to ensure his pain is diminishing and that his behaviour is improving. Dave still has a long road to recovery both mentally and physically, just not the road we had expected. At this time the medical team does not feel it is in Dave’s best interest to do any surgery and feel optimistic he will never need to have his pelvis repaired. They feel confident he will go about life just like a normal dog with a limp. We are very thankful the the skilled medical team that took time and patience to assess Dave… he certainly did not make their jobs easy for them.