Her name is Wheels but she needs some help to get moving on all fours again. A 12-week-old border collie mix who recently came into the Squamish SPCA’s care along with her mother as part of a cruelty investigation, Wheels was dragging her right leg behind her. After a visit to the vet, it was discovered that this good-natured puppy had a fractured and dislocated hip.
“Unfortunately, her injury is thought to be two to three weeks old, so it is unable to be fully repaired,” says Marika Donnelly, BC SPCA Squamish Valley Branch manager. The veterinarian opted to do a femoral head osteotomy, or the surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur. “In simpler terms, it’s the removal of the ‘ball’ part of the ball and socket that makes up the hip joint,” Donnelly says.
Once the femoral head and neck are removed, the surrounding muscles and scar tissue work to support the area and act as a false joint, she notes.
“Wheels has a great prognosis and should live a pain-free life. While she’ll never be a regular running partner or agility dog, she’ll be able to enjoy strolls around the neighbourhood, runs on the beach and easy hikes,” says Donnelly. “This cute little girl is such a sweetheart. She has a bright future ahead of her and we just want to make sure she has the opportunity at a mobile, pain-free life.”
The estimated cost of Wheels’ care is $1,000. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies on public donations to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. If you can help Wheels and other animals like her at the Squamish SPCA, you can donate online or in person at 39901 Government Rd., Squamish.
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The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.