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Van Gogh Update - March 8 - Surgeries Needed



Since Vinnie arrived in our medical department, we all knew that if he survived at all, his recovery was going to be a long and difficult process. Our chief veterinarian Dr. Baris went above and beyond in her efforts to give Vinnie a fighting chance and her success has been apparent as we all watch Vinnie in his videos and laugh and cry with each other as we see him getting better, yet still so badly wounded. We smiled with joy as his horrendous wounds healed and everyone cheered as each stitch was removed. Everything from his regaining an interest in eating and then chewing on his Nylabone went out on the shelter grapevine and on Facebook to keep everyone who has come to love this pup up to date on his progress.

X-rays had been taken upon his arrival at Popcorn Park to see any signs of problems. As he began to become mobile, Dr. Baris was concerned about his difficulty with getting up and down. Walking was fine, but rising and resting back down seemed to be troublesome. More x-rays were taken about a week ago, and showed some kind of abnormality in his hips. An appointment was immediately set up with an orthopedic surgeon at North Star Vets.

Today, two of his “moms” took Vinnie to that appointment. After having seen Vinnie’s original photos of his extensive injuries, the doctor said she was amazed that he had survived let alone been able to walk. But he is a tough, strong fellow our Vinnie, and there are thousands of prayers being said for him.

Well, if you thought that he no longer needed your prayers, that is not the case. Vinnie needs lots of prayers yet again. Tests today indicated that our boy is going to face some pretty extensive surgeries in the next few months to repair damage to his hips. Because there had been so many deep wounds under his arms we can only assume that Vinnie was struggling on his back during the attack and the weight of the dog who was attacking him caused his hips to break. Vinnie has identical breaks in both hips, and it is truly a miracle that he is standing on his hind legs, let alone walking. The care that Vinnie has been getting over the past months has helped him to get stronger and healthier as he has grown, and the surgeon feels that he is strong enough to handle the surgeries during the next few weeks.

Vinnie has a very long road to recovery ahead of him now, but we know our little guy is strong and resilient, and if he made it this far, he will make it all the way to a full recovery. Please keep Vinnie in your thoughts and prayers as we begin on this new journey with him. Your donations to our Res-Q Fund are so very helpful to Vinnie, and so many like him that require life saving medical treatment. Please make a contribution to our Res-Q Fund and help if you can.

Vinnie has some time before he goes for his first surgery, so please stay tuned for the usual updates on our silly, happy, playful little boy. Vinnie has kept his tail wagging since the first day that we met him.....we know it will keep on wagging right through this next little obstacle that he is facing.

3/10/2014

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