Hoyt's knee surgeries
Organized by: Andrew Spangler
April 01, 2016
In April of 2014 someone abandoned 9 newborn puppies in a neighborhood in San Antonio. A friend of a friend graciously fostered and found homes for 8 of the 9 pups, one of which we committed to provide a home. When we showed up to get our pup, the foster provider mentioned she had one still without a home. She placed him in my arms to hold. All I could think was, "Do NOT look at him in the eyes." I felt a little lick on my chin, looked down, locked eyes and knew I had suddenly adopted two dogs.
Hoyt is a beautiful, fun, wonderful mixed breed dog. We think he is a mix of golden retriever and boxer (a boxador) but we don't really know. We love this dog and he loves nothing more than chasing his frisbee, running around the yard with his family and pretending he isn't too big to be a lap dog. Unfortunately Hoyt came up lame within his first year. He now can barely use his left rear leg and is in pain. He is a young dog, and loves to play, but unfortunately he physically can't and it is heartbreaking.
The orthopedic surgeon took x-rays and explained the bad news. Hoyt has a shallow groove (instead of a deep groove) where his leg bones meet resulting in luxating patella in both his knees. The deformity has also affected his leg bones and his hip development negatively. He needs surgery to repair both of his knees, and will most likely need a total hip replacement in the future. Each knee surgery will cost around $2500 and a total hip replacement is about another $4500.