7 month old disabled female Shiba:
Rey is a heartbreaking example of how poor puppy mill breeding practices can destroy the lives of the dogs they produce, and the humans who purchase them. Rey is suffering from he most severe level (grade IV) of patellar luxation (the dislocation of the knee), and both knees joints are swollen and arthritic. She has a deformed tibia and malformation of her femur. She is disabled; with very limited use of her hind legs.
Further diagnostic imaging and surgical intervention are required, but it is recommended that we wait until Rey has stopped growing. In the meantime, rehabilitation and home exercises to improve weight bearing ability and range of motion, along with increasing muscle strength and reducing muscle contraction, prior to surgery is advisable.
Rey will need a home with no stairs, or the ability to block them off. Rey is good with dogs, but has not been tested with cats. She has never lived with children, but does well meeting kids who are respectful. She is house trained, crate trained, and is well behaved. She has a walking cart, but only weighs about 15 lbs, so can also be carried or pulled in a doggy stroller with ease.
Rey doesn’t does not let her disability get her down. She is a happy, joyful, sweet little Shiba. She loves to play with toys and be near her human. Rey has been placed in a foster home that has experience with disabled dogs. We will give her some time to adjust, then get her to the orthopedist to begin assessing her condition and determine next steps. She will not be available to adoption until after she has fully recovered from surgery and we know exactly what her rehabilitation and ongoing care requirements for the next 15 years. Stay tuned!