Unfortunately, BHRR's Hailey's blog is not so great to update. 🙁

So, after trying to sedate her with dorm/torb and then do a quick reversal once the x-rays were done; it was a no-go for 40 minutes later; she was still standing.

So, she was placed under anaesthetic.

I almost wished that what was found was a stifle/cruciate injury. 🙁

At this time, I have to not only take BHRR's Hailey off the adoption program; yet; have to move her to our Haven Dog Program based upon these results and until we converse with Dr. Philibert, ortho specialist and figure out the best move forward plan for BHRR's Hailey. She shall stay on the Deramaxx and leash walking with lots of rest. She is quite good about self-monitoring too.

Per her Vet, she may be able to obtain a fusion surgery – arthordesis to help her. At least that way, she would not be in pain any longer. The leg would be fused yet; her ROM is already limited and she has arthritis already setting in from her injury that is now chronic and acute and is just becoming re-injured over and over again.  This is a very long surgery according to another Vet for they need to file all the bone spurs down as well in this type of surgery AND the cost is enormous. 🙁

I am most concerned about any quality of life for her! She is only 4 years of age!!! That is paramount in my mind and worries. I will be having a very involved discussion re: this.

The minimal swelling is due to this not being a soft tissue injury yet a bone injury of which she has at least three bone spurs now. The Vet remained surprised by the lack of heat present.

Per the Vet:

"Right hind leg – stifle – no anterior drawer motion and radiograph of stifle – no abnormatlities noted. Craniocaudal and lateral view taken of right hock(and left to compare)
Right hock: there are osteophytes present at the tibial talus joint.
Lateral view: Bony proliferative degenerative changes on caudal aspect of distal tibia by talus. Osteophytie on cranial aspect of distal talus(ie by proximal intertarsal joint)
Tarsal/metatarsal joint – naf,
On exam of right hock – there is a loss of range of flexion and extension
Bony swelling and slight soft tissue swelling on medial aspect of joint
Lameness has been chronic, periodic since February(first happened at temp foster home) – ie was kept on Deramaxx for a week with crate rest and leash walk, gradually increase activity and within a few days favours the right limb
Will have Dr. Philibert evaluate radiographs, discuss possible arthrodesis???"

Donations to her growing Vet Bills can be made in the following ways.

Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of 'Birch Haven Rescue' for 'Hailey'. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the 'gift' option)

BHRR's Hailey ANGELS:     $50 donated to date & Bills $1,188.03

BHRR's Hailey's X-rays – May 22nd, 2012