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Gabby came to us June 2, 2016. She was a medical mess. She had bilateral cruciate tears with degenerative joint disease already present. Both ACL's were replaced. She also needed to have femoral head osteotomy surgery, also referred FHO. It is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint. This way, the bones of the joint are no longer in contact, which eliminates the pain that is caused by the abnormal contact of the bones in a dog with hip dysplasia or severe osteoarthritis. This procedure is usually used as a last resort or salvage procedure in dogs with severe hip dysplasia that are not candidates for a total hip replacement. Once the femoral head is removed, the surrounding muscles and developing scar tissue work to support the area, and act as a false joint. This means that now when the limb is moved, the forces are transferred to the pelvis rather than the leg itself. The FHO Surgery is a fairly simple procedure in that minimal equipment is required, and no implants are needed and although amazingly, most dogs return to close to normal activity after the surgery.
And amazingly, Gabby was standing the next day after surgery !!! Most dogs need assistance during the first week after surgery, but Gabby was already up on her own ! She also had a couple of small masses removed on her back and was treated for Coccidia.
Gabby will not be ready to be adopted for a bit. She will need to go through physical therapy due to her surgery. We just want to be sure that she has fully recovered before being adopted. She is a very sweet girl too. Her foster mom says she is an AMAZING girl. She doesn't bark, waits her turn to eat, likes to go on short walks and just needs someone to realllllly love her.