Update April 2, 2017, from my Foster Mom
Brittany is now fully recovered from her TPLO Surgery (complete tear and meniscus was shot and removed). Her weight continues to stay below 75 lbs! Way to go Britt! She decided to chew off some of her hair regrowth on her repaired leg, and finally, she seems to be leaving alone after more nutrition was added to her diet.
Her other leg was X-rayed and sadly, that one has a partial tear, and fingers crossed, it seems to have stablized. She loves to play with a two year old neighbor pup, and knows to wait for help to get in and out of the car, and she takes her time getting on and off a lower couch where dogs are allowed in our home. Our hope is this leg does not require surgery, but the surgeon did not seem optimistic. We continue with lots of good nutrition and high protein senior dog food, and she is seeing a chiropractor and taking some holistic supplements to support better muscle and skeletal support.
On the 21st of March, Britt’s teeth were cleaned and her cracked tooth was examined – and good news, just a chip, so an extraction was not needed. Two other lumps (nothing serious) were also removed. Her surgeon took a good look at her girly parts since she had past UTIs and loved to lick. Poor Brittany, has perivulvar dermatitis, and may require yet another procedure – vulvoplasty. We just finished a course of antibiotics and plan to let her have some time between surgeries and decide next steps in the next 30 days or so.
Brittany is a love bug and loves people and attention and is doing so well considering all she has been through. She has tried to become the Queen of the house (living with two senior males) and can be a little mean to them, but overall, everyone gets along well.
Brittany’s expenses have already exceeded $4,500. Any tax-deductible donation towards GoldHeart expenses will help ensure we can continue to help Brittany and other incoming dogs in need of more extensive medical care. http://www.goldheart.org/about-goldheart/make-a-donation/
Brittany is 8 years old, and this adorable full figured gal is hoping to drop a few pounds. Her target weight is around 70 pounds, and right now she is about 83 pounds. She tests positive for Lymes, but not to worry, since this merely identifies that she has been exposed to the organism that can cause Lyme disease, but the disease is not active.
She recently jumped off a couch and tore a cranial cruciate ligament that was previously injured and her owners hoped had healed. The diagnonsis was confirmed, and sadly, her owners could not afford the repair surgery, so her Vet ensured safe passage to GoldHeart.
Brittany’s GoldHeart foster home will see her through TPLO surgery, recovery and weight reduction over the next three months and of course will shower her with lots of love and attention.
TPLO, or tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy, is a surgery performed on dogs to stabilize the stifle joint after ruptures of the cranial cruciate ligament (analogous to the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in humans.
Please check back for updates on Brittany’s progress to wellness!
Think you may be interested in Brittany when this bio is updated that she is ready to start looking for a forever home? To inquire about her or any available Goldheart dog, you must be an approved GoldHeart adopter.
So, if you are not yet approved by Goldheart, and are in our SERVICE AREA, please complete an adoption application at http://www.goldheart.org/adopting-a-golden/adoption-application/. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee that must be received before the approval process starts. The approval process can take several weeks since we rely on an all-volunteer support network to process your application, conduct the home visit, and check references. If approved, you can then inquire about Brittany when this post is updated that she is looking for a forever home, and you can also inquire about any other available dog. Thank you for your patience and understanding.