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FHO Surgery

  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
  • Name: Benny
  • Color: Tan
  • Size: Medium
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult

$2,080.00 raised of $2,000.00

Hi, I'm Benny. I'm a survivor. In the fall of 2017 I was seriously injured. I don't even remember what happened exactly. All I know is that I woke up and my pelvis was fractured in three places and my rear left leg was broken or dislocated or both. A couple of weeks later an Animal Control Officer found me as a stray and saved my life by taking me to the shelter. I received immediate medical treatment and the search for a rescue began.

According to my x-rays I was injured sometime after August 1, 2017. I did not receive medical treatment. When I was picked up by the ACO in October the bones in my hips had started to re-knit and therefore any damage to my body would be percent. At this point I can't be 'fixed', but I can live a better quality of life free from pain. The vet recommended FHO surgery.

I came home to my foster family right before Thanksgiving. I love my three foster siblings. They play with me and snuggle with me too. I am going in on Tuesday, December 12th for a surgery consultation. My foster mom says the doctor's and staff are going to take great care of me. We're going to start with a check-up and then x-rays. After we see how my hips have healed the doctor will determine the next best steps.

I am preparing myself for FHO surgery. You see my left leg is currently dislocated. So every time I bear weight on it or it moves it causes me pain. I am on pain medication to easy my pain, but if surgery will make me not hurt then I'm ready for it. My foster mom said FHO surgery is where they will remove the 'ball' off of my left rear leg femur and realign my leg in the hip socket. The surgery will cause my leg hang free, eliminate my constant pain and increase my mobility. Recovery is about six months, but many FHO surgery dogs display noticible improvement quickly. So I'm ready. I ready to live life pain free!

Surgery isn't cheap. We are anticipating my vet visit to be at least $700 for diagnostics, x-rays and blood work not to mention a hip/leg surgery to follow.


  • Wow, thanks to my friends at 7 Rescued for the $500 year end matching gift towards my surgery fund. This may be the final push that my campaign needs to reach my goal. Since 7 Rescue is mailing a check, we're going to go in and lower my fundraising goal from $2,500 to $2,000 to reflect this generous gift.

    Thanks everyone we're almost there! Also make sure to check out 7 Rescued for some delicious healthy grain free dog treats.

    December 31, 2017

  •  Mr. Benny wasn't feeling so well this morning so we made another trip to the vet. Fever of 104 and possible post surgery infection. Taking lots of antibiotics and pain meds. Lots of love, fluids and rest in his future!

    December 29, 2017

  • Sorry for not posting an update when I got home last night, but man I was wiped out so I just snuggled with my foster family. I spent the day with my friends at Brookville Road Animal Hospital. They were so nice and helped me feel better. The surgeon had to drain a pocket of blood that was in the soft tissue behind my stitches. Then I had laser therapy to help the healing. My foster mom has to do cold compresses for the next two days and then go to warm compresses after that.

    Thanks again to everyone that has donated and please share my story to help Casa del Toro reach my goal. 100% of the donations CDT receives from this fundraising campaign goes directly to my vet bills. I've had a really serious surgery - for those of you that can stomach gore you can watch this YouTube video on the procedure.

    Not only did I undergo a major corrective surgery, but my foster parents have had to re-arrange their house to accommodate my recovery. Here's a good blog about what it's like to help a dog recover from FHO surgery. So again I'd like to thank everyone that have donated to save my life. I'm a lucky dog to have so many great people helping me live life pain free.

    December 21, 2017

  • Oh man, I'm on my way to the vet. My incision started bleeding last night around the third stitch from the top. My foster family got it to stop and I went to sleep. When I woke up this morning I was covered in blood so I'm on my way in to have my wound checked out.

    All of my stitches are still intact. I think it may be bleeding because I was sleeping on that side so my incision had all of my weight bearing down on it, but we'll see what the doctor says.

    December 20, 2017

  • No photo update here, but I'm staying at the vet office for the day. When I got into the lobby I was bleeding all over the place so they immediately drained the pocket of blood under my incision and took me to the back. I'm getting settled into a crate and they're going to take a look to see what's going on inside my incision.

    December 20, 2017

  • Thank you! I feel so much better already. I'm still in pain, but it's a better pain than what I had before. Learn more about my surgery:

    Every day is a new opportunity for me thanks to you. Share my story and help me meet my fundraising goal. 

    December 17, 2017

  • Okay, this isn't so bad. I get a comfy spot and a bone - I'm good! Benny's first day of recovery went well. He's doing great!

    December 16, 2017

  • Benny pulled through surgery yesterday like a champ! He had to stay overnight, but we are calling in 30 minutes to see when he can come home. Stay tuned!

    December 15, 2017

  • Out of surgery and already feeling better all ready. My foster mom says my incision looks good and I have a lot of swelling in my hip/thigh area. The vet said that I would be able to toe touch in about a week (which means while standing I'll touch my toe down to the ground but not bear weight) and I go back in 10 days for a check-up. 

    Right now I'm just sleepy. I keep my foot up off the ground at all times, except when I go to the bathroom. As of tonight I can't help but put weight on my bad leg when I poop. That may end tomorrow when my surgery meds wear off but so far so good.

    I'm continuing on the painkillers that I was taking prior to surgery and I'm also taking an antibiotic. I hurt, but my foster family and siblings are taking good care of me.

    Thanks everyone. Thanks for taking a chance with me and helping me live without pain, words cannot express my gratitude.

    December 15, 2017

  • Sweet Benny was dropped off for surgery this morning. They're going to keep him overnight. Our initial estimate is $1,900-$2,200 so thank you to our donors! We know that we will have additional follow-ups and expenses so your support is appreciated. 

    December 14, 2017