Written by Lori Whitney of Pennsylvania
Dante was born two years ago to a pair of siberian huskies. He was the last born and the breeder had to pull him out of the birth canal and revive him. He was three times smaller than any of the other pups, blind, had an overbite, and his skeleton did not look quite right. We received a call from our friends as they knew we had been wanting a husky pup, and they told us to come look. No one wanted the funny looking pup who kept running into things, so we took him. We took him knowing full well that he may not live a normal life, but hoping we could make his life as full as possible.
He had his first vet visit at five weeks old so we could see what all was wrong with him. The vet told us that he was fully blind and should be put down because he was going to die in a couple of years anyway. Needless to say, we did NOT follow his advice. Several days ago, Dante started limping on his right back leg. We contacted my friend who offered up her vet as we don’t have any good vets around us. The vet discovered that he had torn his crutiate ligament trying to bear all his weight on his right side as his left front elbow did not form right in the womb and is full of arthritis. This is not an injury from being too active; it is from trying to relieve pain. Trust me, we feel so guilty about not getting him in sooner, but he did not show signs of pain.
The good news is that his hips look great and as long as we get him the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteomy) surgery, his life expectancy will be normal. The surgery has to be done at a specialist and will cost us $2,500 and we are trying to raise funds to pay for it. See Sweet Photos of Dante