Puddin was surrendered to a shelter in Missouri at approximately 7 years of age. Her previous owners said that she had orthopedic issues since she was a puppy. We had no idea how extremely severe her issues were until she arrived in Maryland after a 2 day long transport journey from MO. Her knees are completely dislocated and she is unable to stand. She hops along on her rear end like a bunny. Two days after she arrived in rescue, she was examined by a veterinary orthopedic surgeon. Initially, he was skeptical that anything could be done to help Puddin, but upon reviewing X-rays and a sedated exam, we received good news that her condition is surgically correctable. Puddin needs bilateral Distal Femoral Osteotomy (DFO) surgeries to correct grade 3 patellar luxation followed by 12 weeks of physical therapy, laser therapy, and underwater treadmill therapy to facilitate recovery of muscular atrophy due to prolonged neglect. The estimated cost of these treatments is approximately $8000. Despite what must be an extraordinarily painful condition, Puddin is the sweetest dog you could ever meet. She is very affectionate toward everyone she meets (especially children who she immediately rolls on her back to ask for belly rubs).
Video of Puddin doing her Water Therapy!