Chance had his visit with the
Orthopedic Surgeon at Tufts, and it turned out to be a GREAT
day. The doctor’s agreed that Chance does have
hip dysplasia as diagnosed by the veterinarian at the Shelter.
However….After a thorough exam, and many radiographs, they determined
that surgery was not needed at this time, and may never be necessary.
Chance currently presents no clinical symptoms of hip dysplasia such
as lameness, pain, or any reluctance to jump. Should he present with
any symptoms in the future, the doctor said there are a number of less
drastic options that would be explored before surgery would need to be
Chance, of course, was a perfectly charming gentleman with the
doctors as well as the other canine patients he met in the waiting area!
We have raised Chance's funding thermometer to reflect the donations
received that went twoards the bill for his visit with the Orthopedic
Specialist. Although we haven't met the goal yet, your donations made
this appointment ultimately possible.
Below is a report from his foster mom:
“Chance is doing extremely well and is an absolute joy. His appetite
is good and he has gained some much needed weight. Chance now knows the
meaning of many new words. He is also walking well on his leash. He is
very smart and picks things up quickly. We are also working on his
toilet habits and making good progress.
Chance can now be left on his own - with free run of the house for up
to 3 hours without any problems. He does not like to be crated and, in
fact, figured out how to open both slide latches from inside the
crate…like I said before, he is smart!
Chance has made two great friends with two other dogs he sees
frequently - Maggie, a chocolate lab and Meggie, a golden retriever.
Both are older gals and not quite up to participating in his antics but
are quite content to let him run circles around them and leap over
them. Since I also have a cat, he has another friend there. Right now
he thinks the cat is just a big fluffy ball to play with. Each day,
they get to spend a little more (closely supervised!) time together. My
cat is a tough ol' guy and has no problem standing up for himself.
Chance is a happy, healthy and wonderful boy!