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Tucker: Osteochondritis Dissecans

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Tucker arrived at the Idaho Humane Society as a transfer from another southern Idaho animal shelter. He had a very painful gait and was limping on his front legs. X-rays revealed that Tucker had a disease called osteochondritis dissecans that affected the cartilage in both his shoulders.

OCD is a painful disease the cartilage, usually affecting the shoulders of young, growing dogs. In this condition a defective area of cartilage forms which may separate from the underlying bone.

At the Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center Tucker was scheduled for surgery to alleviate the pain associated with his shoulders. Surgery involved removing the malformed cartilage which then allows the body to fill the defect with fibrocartilage. Surgery for OCD usually has a very good outcome and the dog quickly returns to normal function.

After a few weeks of healing in the Medical Center, Tucker was moved to the shelter to find a new family and he quickly found an adoptive home!

Calypso's Eye Removal

Story PhotoCalypso's damaged eye before surgery.
Story PhotoCalypso in the post-op recovery with her eye removed
Story PhotoCalypso's new owners!
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Calypso, a 1 year old female Abyssinian guinea pig was surrendered to the IHS shelter. Calypso’s check-up with a shelter veterinarian diagnosed her with a severely damaged eye caused by an unknown trauma that required her eye be removed. The eye globe was dry, non visual and had pus discharge. Calypso was otherwise was a very healthy guinea pig and her left eye, luckily, was fine. She was also a very nice guinea pig who was friendly and enjoyed being handled and held.

IHS Veterinarian, Dr. Strope, performed Calypso’s surgery and removed the damaged blind eye. Calypso recovered quickly from surgery and was eating and drinking by evening. Due to her outgoing and friendly personality, Calypso quickly found a loving, adoptive home!

Z's Fractured Elbow Repair

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“Z” is a 14 week old yellow Labrador Retriever that was accidentally stepped on. His owner's sought care for Z at the Idaho Humane Society's Veterinary Medical Center. Unfortunately, he suffered a fracture through the lateral condyle of his elbow joint. Articular fractures like this are extremely debilitating and without surgery Z would likely lose most or all of the function in his foreleg. A surgeon at the Medical Center repaired Z’s fracture using several pins and an orthopedic screw and he is recovering very well at home with his owners. This particular fracture is more common in young dogs with soft, growing bones.

Butch, the Chihuahua with a bladder stone

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Butch was having difficulty urinating. He would try and try, but only a few dribbles would come out. His owners took him to a veterinarian where they determined he had a small urolith (bladder stone) stuck in his urethra. The veterinarian there was unable to move the stone out, so they flushed it back into the bladder. The cost of surgery to remove the stone from the bladder was more than the owners could afford all at once. They brought Butch to the Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center where, thanks to the STAR Fund program, they would be able to make payments over several months.

The veterinarians at the Idaho Humane Society performed surgery and successfully removed the stone from Butch’s bladder, as well as performing a routine neuter. Butch was a bit uncomfortable from the surgery for a couple of days, but after 3 days in the hospital, he was urinating normally and was happy to go home!

Phoebe's Story

Story PhotoPheobe smiling after her surgery
Story PhotoPheobe and her adoptive Mom and brother!

On March 20, 2011 a 1 year old, brown merle, female/spayed, un-microchipped Australian Shepherd mix was brought to the Idaho Humane Society as a stray. Upon arrival, it was noted by a shelter animal care assistant that she walked funny on her right hind leg, but she otherwise appeared healthy.

Unfortunately, after the 7 day waiting period she was not reunited with her owners, so she was named “Phoebe” and started her journey to find a new home.

Since she had a funny gait, she was examined by Dr. Koob, one of the veterinarians at the I.H.S. Veterinary Medical Center. He noted that she probably had previously broken her leg and it didn’t heal properly. Since the fractured leg wasn’t repaired correctly, the leg was much shorter and the muscles were weak. X-rays were taken which confirmed Dr. Koob’s suspicions. Although Phoebe was able to get around well despite an injured leg, she wasn’t able to use it when she was running and playing. Therefore, it was decided by the Veterinary Medical Center veterinarians that it would be best if her leg was amputated, as some animals will re-injure themselves if they have a dysfunctional limb.

On March 27, 2011, Phoebe had surgery by Dr. Janie Mori, to amputate her right hind leg. She did very well post surgery and had an uneventful recovery. In fact, due to Phoebe’s big happy personality and her ‘smile’ you didn’t even notice she had a leg missing.

Soon after surgery on April 8, 2011, Phoebe was adopted and is doing great in her new home!

Madison the St. Bernard with Extraocular Myositis

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Madison is a 3 year old female St. Bernard. She was brought to the shelter because the owner couldn’t take care of her anymore. Specifically, the owner couldn’t afford the surgeries that were necessary to correct her eye conditions.

The veterinarians at the Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center examined her and determined that her eyelid problems were challenging, but they’d give it a try. Madison had a condition in the muscles around her eyes, called extraocular myositis, that caused the muscles to atrophy (become smaller). This condition then caused the eyes to sink back into the eye sockets which caused the third eyelids to cover most of her eyes, severely restricting her ability to see. In other words, she was essentially blind.

The IHS Veterinary Medical Center has 5 full-time and 8 part-time veterinarians that, together, have over 100 years of veterinary experience. Even with all that experience, none of the veterinarians had seen an eye condition like this. After consulting with eye specialists, it was decided to do a very delicate surgery to partially remove the third eyelids.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Fiona Caldwell, one of the IHS staff veterinarians on April 27th. Madison recovered well from the surgery, and except for a small irritation from one of the sutures in her eyelid, has been doing very well. She can see just fine now, and is a very nice 150 pound dog!

After spending a couple of weeks in the Veterinary Medical Center for observation and care, she was adopted by a great family!

Willow's Story

Story PhotoWillow, weighing only 30 pounds, was brought to the shelter severly malnurished.
Story PhotoWillow is adjusting to life with her new family.
Story PhotoWillow now weighs 51 pounds.

Willow is a purebred Doberman Pinscher that was brought to the IHS shelter in February of this year in horrifyingly poor body condition. She was found as a stray when she broken into her finder’s chicken coop in search of food. Willow was severely malnourished, weighing just over 30 pounds when she arrived. Her coat was dull and she looked essentially like a walking skeleton. The IHS medical center did a full evaluation on Willow and found that she had no medical condition causing her to be so underweight, she had simply been starved.

Staff veterinarians placed her on a regimen of being fed a specific amount of high quality food every three hours for the following week. After just a few days Willow was feeling much better and had already gained 6 pounds! After a month in a loving IHS foster home Willow had gained 14 pounds and was ready for adoption. After being featured on the IHS Facebook page, Willow (now named Rogue) met her new family, complete with another Doberman buddy!

This is what her new family had to say about Willow/Rogue, “Rogue is doing wonderfully! She is amazing with our daughter and our other Doberman Aries. They have really bonded and now they don't go anywhere without each other. Our cat and Rogue are still learning to tolerate each other but it gets better each day. We recently took Rogue to the vet and are happy to report she now weighs 51 lbs!!! She seems to be so happy these days. She has really taken to Astrid, our daughter and loves to cuddle with her, if she isn't sleeping in our bed she is most definitely sleeping on Astrid's. We are so happy to have her in our lives.”