I'm an exuberant and curious little 5 year old girl who was the last doggie that my mommy Laura Madaras rescued from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter. The vet there said that I was walking funny, so she diagnosed me with possible osteoarthritis. I wag my tail non-stop, so vets don't think that I have nerve damage.
I've been under the care of four vets, who state that they've never seen a dog like me. They can't come to a diagnosis as to what diseases I might really have. My Mommy has listened to all vets and had me on vitamins, supplements and traditional medicines. She even had many rounds of laser therapy performed of my legs for several months. Nothing has enabled me to walk again :(
I'm sending everybody many kisses, hugs and lot of wags !!!!
As you can see from my picture, my two front legs don't work and they were fractured before I came into the shelter. They hang on an outward angle and don't have any power. All vets said they're scared to perform any kind of surgery because my bones are so brittle. They're afraid to have my legs amputated or to try a wheelchair, believing that my bones don't have the strength or physical ability to possibly be repaired. My Mommy had x-rays taken of my legs when I was first rescued.
I do however stand up on my back legs when I go potty. The vets are reluctant to perform acupuncture or chiropractic because my spine isn't completely straight and my bones are so brittle.
So my Mommy and I, who live in San Diego county, are asking all of you if you've ever seen doggies with these symptoms or know of another vet who could steer us towards a possible diagnosis. I was originally standing upright in the shelter. I was also standing for a few weeks at my Mommy's house, but I tucked my back left leg under my body and then I always fell down.
Since I'm a very engaging and alert animal, my Mommy and all of the vets we've visited so far don't want to give up on me. Sadly, my Mommy hasn't been able to find a paying job yet. She not only needs your advice, but also any financial avenues that you might be able to steer her towards. She'd love to find a bone specialist who can possibly diagnose me better and have new diagnostic tests done while in their new care.
I also need my teeth cleaned. My vets have said that it would make sense to possibly have this done while I'm under anesthesia already if a new vet feels they need current x-rays. All vets have been concerned over pain that any further diagnostic testing might cause me while I'm fully awake.
Please send any referral information or donations (which are GREATLY appreciated) to my Mommy's e-mail or PayPal address at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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