BLAZE-16-167 | M | 1 YEAR
BLAZE-16-167 | M | 1 YEAR
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 1 Year
- Rear leg amputated after being hit by car
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This 11-month-old pup was hit by a car in front of his home last week. He was rushed to the vet with bones from his back leg exposed and internal injuries. Major surgery was his only hope -- a surgery that his owners could not afford. They were faced with the unthinkable: putting him to sleep.
They turned to GRRNT for help and after some consultation with his vets, we knew we could not turn away. He was surrendered to us and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow. His back leg is so badly shattered that amputation is the only option. The medical and rehabilitation costs will be over $10,000 for this sweet boy, who even in his great pain is still exhibiting that loving Golden disposition.
Our most sincere thank you to our devoted GRRNT supports who created a Christmas miracle for Blaze. Your generous donations have covered his emergency expenses, as well as the orthopedic surgery he required to save his life. We are immensely grateful for you all!
Blaze is doing very well! Having 3 legs is not slowing him down at all, and he is returning to being an active, playful 1 year old puppy. Blaze needs a little more time to fully recover and make sure all the internal damage is completely healed, but he is ready to start interviewing potential adopters and find his forever home very soon.
Blaze celebrated his first birthday yesterday with his foster family and fur siblings, who lined up quickly for a taste of this amazing canine cake from Three Dog Bakery! This pup is loving being the center of attention and made a wish for a forever home where he will continue to be loved on for life.
Happy New Year and happy new Blaze! Here's the latest report from his foster mom, our intake/medical coordinator.
He didn't need no pity party, he just needed a chance. It's as if he woke up thinking, "ok, three legs, this is no big deal." He is doing fabulous. He had his stitches and staples removed last Friday and the vet was amazed at his progress. He will not need any additional physical therapy. He will still need to be monitored to make sure he does not overdo it bu...t he seems to know his limitations. He also had a spa day so he looks a lot better and he has super soft hair. He is shedding quite a bit so has also been enjoying daily brushings.
He is only on pain pills intermittently. The big news is that he has eaten everything in his bowl for his last three meals. He is also starting to try a few treats. We will be celebrating his first birthday on January 3rd with a cake for him and his foster siblings so stay tuned for pics!
With his return to feeling good we discovered a hidden talent. He is a talker, not barking but talking. He is especially vocal in the morning and if you are pretend spanking another dog. This little guy is amazingly resilient. He is a very sweet boy and has an all around great disposition. He likes to lay down either on your feet or with his head on your leg. He is fine with other dogs and calm children. He is housebroken and we have not needed to crate him. He does not seem to know what toys are for yet but we are trying. He will be a hard one to let go of and someone is going to be very lucky to have him as a new family member. He makes us smile every day.
Poor Blaze is worn out. He had 10 buddies to hang out with yesterday and did amazing. Given all he has been through, he is still super sweet and still has a playful nature. He is doing so much better than was anticipated. He will get his stitches and staples out Friday with follow up spa day.
Here's Blaze getting settled into his foster home. He is being fostered by our very experienced intake and medical coordinator so he is in excellent hands! She reports that he is getting up to say hello to her pups but is still pretty zoned out on his pain meds. Baby steps!
Blaze did not get to go to his foster home on Saturday. He was still experiencing a lot of pain so they couldn't wean him off the pain medication quite yet. He did urinate on his own on Saturday and was a little more sure on his good leg today. He was put on oral pain meds today as well and appears to be tolerating them for pain management. We're keeping our paws crossed that we can spring him tomorrow!
Blaze was bright and alert this morning. He ate all of his breakfast. He was able to stand on his own but is still pretty weak on his remaining rear leg. The doctors think that is because he has not used it in a week. The plan for today is to pull out the urinary catheter and see if he can urinate on his own. Then they will start cutting the fentanyl pain medication, and switch to other pain meds and be able to control it with oral pain meds tomorrow. It's still too early to know if he can go to his foster home tomorrow, but he has cleared a very big hurdle and this is all great news. Our little Blaze is a fighter and we are very thankful to all his supporters!
Blaze's sustained a collapsed lung in the accident, and surgery had to be delayed to allow that to heal. He has recovered enough now, so his vets were able to do the surgery today. The amputation went well and his surgeon said that this was definitely the right call. After looking at the fracture site, the surgeon felt that there was no way it could have healed correctly. They have done two CT scans and see no reason why Blaze should not be able to bear weight on his good leg. They think that he has just been in so much pain in the back end that he does not want to move at all. If he can put weight on the good leg, he may be able to go to his foster home as early as Saturday, but right now it is too early to say. We will get another update tomorrow.