Meet Khaleesi! She came into CVVH one month ago after being hit by a car. She was seen at another emergency clinic where she received pain medication and an antibiotic. The following day she came into CVVH for not eating, one time coughing up blood, wounds on her hind limbs, and not being able to walk. Even with support, Khaleesi was unable to walk on any of her limbs and was knuckling on her left front limb. The concern was she may have partial torn her nerve cluster that supplies her front limb along with spinal trauma. Given her quality of life at the time, financial cost, and the concern she may not ever be able to walk, her owners were leaning toward making a difficult decision. Dr. Matzuka recommend trying 24 hours of rehydrating her on IV fluids, more aggressive pain medications, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Khaleesi started eating and within a few days was able to walk again. Within a week, Khaleesi was running and almost back normal except not using her left front limb. After her one month follow up, Khaleesi is back to normal on her left front limb, wounds are fully healed and she is acting like herself!
The only setback, is that Khaleesi still had pain in her left limb and was not bearing weight. Her x-rays revealed her left hip was out of socket. A surgical procedure called a femoral head osteotomy (FHO) was required to fix this. This procedure entailed the removal of her femoral head, which would prevent the bone from rubbing on the other bones and causing pain. Thanks to your generous donations, she was able to receive this surgery and is recovering really well! Her family is beyond happy to have their best friend back to normal and out of pain!