Surgery for Buddy's Broken Leg
Organized by: Sue Evans
Buddy's Leg Had To be Amputated
September 28, 2016
Buddy came to my mom and I seven years ago from a home who could not keep him. Buddy’s kind and gentle disposition as well as his outstanding manners made him a real “fit” in our home. On August 19th Buddy was kicked by a horse in a freak accident, that severely broke his back, left leg into two pieces. Buddies Vet, gave a few options to fix Buddies leg. In the vet’s opinion the best choice is surgery to install a plate to the bone, which, while costly at an estimate of $1,668.94, would have the best results for a full recovery.
We were unable to afford this option as I am a teacher on sabbatical to care for my aging mother who has advanced Adult Hydrocephalus and is on Hospice. The best mom and I could do for Buddy at this time is have the leg put in a splint (still very costly at around $400.00) and wait to see if it would show signs of improvement on its own. Buddy will need to wear the splint for 8 weeks, going in every two weeks to see if there are signs of improvement. Buddy just had his first 2-week checkup on September 4th. The vet was very sad to say that Buddy's leg had no change and was still unattached. Again not giving much hope for the splint to work. The vet presented us with more options: amputating the leg or completely sedating Buddy for the course of 8 weeks while it heals. Neither option for Buddy seems fair while there is still hope that the leg can be healed in a more humane way.
Some history on Buddy: He is a healthy, energetic yet compassionate dog and companion to my elderly mother, even bringing his ball to her hand to play while she is in her wheelchair or bed. He interacts kindly with everyone and is loved by all especially young children and people with handycaps. Loves playing fetch, bowling, and many water sports. Buddy will bring his ball to everyone from the elderly to the smallest child and wait patiently for them to play with him. My mom, who doesn't recognize many people these days, asks for Buddy and calls him her "best friend.” Please donate anything you can to help Buddy get his surgery! Thank you!