Teddy is an almost 8-year old Beagle. We’ve known each other for 4 years now because Teddy is a regular customer of my dog massage, nutrition and rehabilitation practice.
Teddy suffers from bilateral hip dysplasia and his owner, Jill Gordon, has been successfully managing this condition for years by giving Teddy good nutrition, massage and laser therapy, and regular osteopathic adjustments.
But Teddy wasn’t so lucky on Friday, 22nd August 2014.
On this morning, which started like so many others, Teddy was riding in his father’s van in the front seat to go to work. When the van came to a sudden stop in traffic, Teddy slid off the front seat into the foot well. The force of his fall and the angle in which he fell caused him to severely fracture his right front leg.
The veterinary term for Teddy’s compound fracture is a comminuted open right intracondylar elbow fracture.
Teddy’s dad rushed him to their local veterinary practice at Lincoln Village Vets where the staff there stabilised him and Alex, the vet nurse, accompanied Jill and Teddy to the local specialist surgery practice, Vet Specs. At Vet Specs the lead surgeon, Helen Milner, assessed Teddy. She said she might be able to save his leg through a complicated 5-hour surgery. Jill authorised the surgery.
However, once Helen got Teddy onto the operating table, she saw in more detail than the x-rays allowed her to just how badly broken Teddy’s leg was. It was shattered and she didn’t have enough bone fragments to successfully attempt a repair. The only choice was amputation.
Amputation has been a devastating outcome for Jill. We know that Teddy has a challenging journey ahead not only to recover from his amputation but also to adapt his lifestyle and surroundings so he doesn’t aggravate his hip dysplasia.
Quality of life is paramount.
Jill has chosen a healthcare team including Sarah Wisson, his osteopath, Dr Susanne Anderson, a veterinary acupuncture specialist, and me to see Teddy through this new journey.
Jill wants other owners to learn from Teddy’s experience about the need to restrain their dogs when traveling in vehicles. And she wants owners to share in Teddy’s journey to recovery. She has given her permission for Teddy’s story to be told here. You will see the new category on the blog: Teddy’s journey post-amputation.
Teddy has just been released from hospital and is recovering at home. Jill says he’s still her handsome boy as seen here:
Teddy, before his discharge from hospital
Join us for Teddy’s journey in future blog posts.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand