A while back we had to put one of our dogs down and our one black lab that was left was obviously lonely. My wife and daughter went to a local animal shelter/pound to see if any dog caught their eye. One did... He was a seven month old or so pure yellow lab. We were amazed that he was still available. Then we found out that he had been hit by a car and his rear leg had broke and had healed badly. He couldn't even squat properly to poop. We went in to "interview" for him and found out that he had been there for more than two months and had 5 families interview for him. Once they found out that he had issues, they passed. That sealed it for us. He was already such a great dog and we figured the worst case scenario was amputation. We took him home and named him Cody.
My wife took Cody to the vet for a check-up and to discuss the options concerning his leg. As luck would have it, she took him to the one guy in the area that got real excited about working on that leg. He wanted to perform a newer surgery and use Cody as a case study to present at a a conference in Las Vegas. He made us an offer we couldn't refuse... If we pay cost for the parts and meds, everything else will be free. So we ended up paying about $700 instead of THOUSANDS!
Dr. Knighton cut the bone, rotated it and secured it with plates and screws. We then took Cody back in three times a week for hydrotherapy (which was also free) for about two months then twice a week for about another month or so.
It's been about a year now and he has to be one of the best dogs I've ever had.
Staples and "cone of shame".
This summer he was finally able to run around like a real dog again!
Before surgery hanging out with my black lab, Sara.