TWIX, a 3 year-old Chow Chow mix, came to us from our friends at Lightshine Canine. Twixxie, as he’s known in rescue, was found as a stray out on the ‘rez’ in South Dakota. It was reported that he had been picked on by other dogs. We knew when we brought him in that he had a shattered front left leg, but had no idea how it had gotten that bad.
Once we got Twix’s x-rays back, though, we realized the damage was caused by bullet fragments that lined his leg. Immediately, we knew that surgery to amputate the leg was absolutely necessary. Twix’s leg was removed and he was neutered at the same time.
However, Twix suffered a surgical complication during his neuter procedure that involved extreme swelling of his genitals. He had to go back under to have the excess tissue removed.
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Maggie is all smiles despite how difficult recovery from her surgery could be.
MAGGIE was surrendered to us because she didn’t do well with the cat in her previous home. After a foster stepped up to take in the four-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, we received vet records that stated she might be a bit of a ‘tougher-than-usual’ case due to previous ailments that prevented her from exercising for long periods of time. We discovered that she had a torn ACL that had never been fixed. She needed to see a veterinarian to assess the damage.
Maggie visited our partner vet and the diagnoses was disheartening: she needed surgery. ACL tears are serious and the only way to give Maggie the quality of life she deserved was surgery. Her procedure went as well, as was expected, and she is now recovering in her loving foster home.
Sometimes when animals come to Ruff Start all they need is routine vetting like vaccines and microchipping (and a loving home, of course). Other times they need much more attention like extra testing, special medications, or unfortunately, major surgery. Ruff Start depends on community donations to cover expenses above and beyond routine vetting. Donations of any amount are so important—together, we can save more lives.
Tripple was a little nervous coming into rescue, but has blossomed in his foster home.
TRIP, a three-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, came to us from one of our partner shelters in Texas. When Trip arrived in Minnesota he was quite obviously in pain, continually limping on his left rear leg. We had him examined at a partner clinic and x-rays confirmed he had a healed femur fracture as well as an ACL tear. The only way to fix these issues was to perform a TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling-osteotomy) surgery to stabilize his joint(s) after the ruptures and long-term degeneration had weakened his ligaments over time.
Ever the fighter, Trip went in for TPLO surgery as well as his routine neuter and is healing—at the time of this posting—as well as we could hope. We believe he will continue to have a slight limp due to the previously fractured femur healing on its own, but we are already seeing much better movement in his leg thanks to the surgery.
In total, Trip’s surgery cost $1,911.84. On top of this, Trip was heartworm positive. His treatments are not yet completed and are expected to incur at least another $300.
Blue Ivy is one of the most adorable pitties we’ve ever seen.
BLUE IVY, a seven-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier, came to us from Minneapolis Animal Care and Control after being surrendered there with her puppy. Her previous owner could no longer care for them since she was moving to care for a family member. Immediately Ruff Start stepped up to bring in both Blue Ivy and her puppy, who has since been adopted.
When Blue Ivy entered her foster home, it was obvious that she favored her left hind leg and showed signs of pain when touched. After a radiograph, the cause of her suffering was discovered: she had a luxating patella, meaning her patella continually popped in and out, causing severe pain.
Blue Ivy went to one of our partner clinics for surgery to repair an extracapsular (bone fracture near a joint) and luxated patella. She is recovering favorably, but still has a long way to go.
Twix, Maggie, Trip, and Blue Ivy are not only surviving, but THRIVING after getting a second chance at life thanks to the quick and meticulous work of our vetting staff, the constant love provided by these dogs’ amazing foster homes during their recovery period, and our wonderful vet partners who offer us discounted services in an effort to give back to these animals that need us most.
These four pups are enjoying an improved quality of life because generous, animal-loving people like you choose to support Ruff Start. We are so grateful to our wonderful supporters.