Little Charlie came into the Bakersfield shelter as a stray. He is a darling 3 month old chocolate Lab and it was immediately obvious that there was something badly wrong with his rear leg. He couldn't put any weight on it at all and was clearly in pain. GGLRR got him to a vet clinic where X rays revealed a very bad break of the head of his femur.....a break that would never heal on its own without specialized surgery. An orthopedic surgeon in southern California, who was a friend of the vet in the initial clinic, offered to do the surgery at 50% off if we could get Charlie to him. We did just that, and Charlie had the very complex surgery. It was a complete success and Charlie is now smiling and recovering. The pain is gone and now we just have to keep him quiet....good luck with a puppy who is now feeling great....until he's fully healed. He will have no further problems with the leg and will be a perfectly happy puppy.
5/23 Update (photo on right): Charlie arrived at his foster home where this darling boy gave lots of kisses and wiggled his whole body when being pet -- obviously so happy to have his leg no longer bothering him. He was quickly adopted by a fabulous dog-loving family on our pre-approved waiting list who have 4 teenage kids and another dog who love playing with Charlie now that he's recovered. Charlie's fur has grown back after surgery and the future is looking bright indeed. Quite a change from being scheduled for euthanasia just a couple of months earlier.
Thank you to all the supporters who helped to cover the $1800 surgery cost (and that is WITH the 50% discount). Special thanks to Camp Four Paws for their very generous donation to the surgery fund. Charlie thanks everyone too! He's been a trooper through all this and is so happy to finally be feeling good and in a FOREVER home.
Shadow was an ideal patient making him a quick favorite at the vet clinic. He handled the procedure with the grace and ease that is so typical of happy Labs. He's glad to have the problem eye out that he use to rub at. Shadow says "who needs two eyes when you have a nose like mine!". He is recovering well and will be placed in a forever home soon (his foster parents became very attached after seeing him through the surgery so didn't want to let him go which was fine with Shadow!).
Please help us recover the cost of Shadow's eye surgery so we can continue to rescue "special needs" Labs. Our vets help by giving us greatly discounted prices, but medical care is still the main expense our non-profit incurs. Shadow and the other Labs say "thanks for saving our lives!".
Lab Rescue stepped in to help a very special Lab. Bruce is a cute 1-yr-old Lab who had an accident in March that left him without the use of his front left leg. The owner couldn't afford to keep him and no one was willing to adopt him "as is", so Lab Rescue decided to get his costly medical issue addressed so he could have the full life he deserved. The vet recommended amputation since dogs get along fine on 3 legs, and dragging a useless leg is much more limiting. Bruce had surgery and quickly adjusted to life with a 1" stump. In fact, the day after surgery he was pulling people around by his leash since he had been practicing 3-legged walking/running for months and no longer had the problem leg in the way.
Last month after Bruce was on the road to recovery, we put him up for adoption and he was quickly placed in a wonderful loving home. Bruce is now named Jake and his new mom, Holly, says: He such a great dog! My dogs love him and he and Robbie have started to play tug o'war! ...Bruce/Jake is a happy boy and I love him! Thanks!
Many thanks to our generous supporters who provided the funds to cover the cost of the surgery so we can continue to help special Labs in need like Bruce/Jake!
JOE is an 11 week old chocolate male purebred AKC Lab puppy. Lab Rescue received a very disturbing call from an independent rescue person in the Stockton area on Thursday afternoon (1/14). She mentioned that she received a call from her vet about two purebred Lab puppies that were being surrendered by a breeder with instructions for the puppies to be euthanized. The breeder wanted to end their life just because they both had eye issues. Joe, the little chocolate boy incurred eye trauma while living at the breeder's home. Luckily, the vet had a heart and refused to euthanize them and felt these issues didn't warrant ending their lives. The vet office immediately contacted a local rescue person who then contacted GGLRR. We received the puppies on Saturday afternoon and took them to our vet in Menlo Park. Our vet fell in love with them and feels that they are both happy, healthy puppies that deserve a long, happy life in a loving home. They both have great personalities and the foster feels they will become wonderful K-9 citizens. The vet said Joe's injured eye is causing him some pain so we immediately made an appointment with a local opthamologist who recommended removing his injured eye to relieve his pain (this will be done on Friday 1/22 along with neutering while he's under). In spite of his painful eye situation, he is still playful and loving.
The surgery went well and Joe is almost recovered enough to meet the family who wants to adopt him!
Joe was quickly adopted by a loving family who wasn't bothered by his special needs!
Denton has cataracts in both eyes. Denton is less than 2 years old but has cataracts that seriously impair his vision -- but not his zest for life! Since the cataracts are located in the “middle” of his line of vision, he has extremely limited sight. But, besides the cataracts, his eyes are very healthy and he is expected to be able to see normally when the cataracts are removed. He is having surgery on 12/28 to remove the cataracts. Thanks to Lab Rescue and those who generously fund these surgeries, Denton now has a new forever family.
With GGLRR recently sponsoring 3 labs through torn crutiate repair surgery, we thought you might want some more background on the condition. Torn cruciates usually start with small tears which get worse over time until the dog can't put any weight on the leg. Since they are in the knee area, it's usually a twisting, spinning move that causes it to happen. It can also happen if a dog jumps off something too high or pushes off to jump INTO something too high and puts too much stress on the joint. It's unfortunately becoming more common in Labs. The long term prognosis is generally very good, but it depends how torn the ligament is and for how long it's been torn. When the ligament tears, the bones are no longer lined up properly and rub against each other. If caught right away, the prognosis is for 100% recovery, as the bones haven't rubbed for long and arthritis hasn't started. If the dog has had the tear for a long time, the prognosis is still good, but the dog may develop arthritis in that joint and have to deal with that for the rest of its life. There are two surgeries for cruciate ligament tears. The old surgery is called a TPLO and the newer surgery (that we're doing for our rescue dogs) is the TTA.
Maggie May’s surgery was 2 weeks ago. She’s recovering quite well and within days was putting weight on the leg that had the ligament repair. Full recovery is approximately 6-8 weeks. She is expected to make a full recovery. Her original owners were going to take her to the shelter because they couldn’t afford the surgery to fix Maggie’s leg.
This wonderful Lab now has a new forever family who is helping her with with her rehabilitation!