PeppaLabrador Retriever (short coat) • Female • Young • Large
Peppa was rescued early in 2018 from HCAC. She had been at the shelter for a week when we learned about her and got her out right away. She had suffered some kind of trauma causing her to be paralyzed from the waist down. After spending a few nights at our ER vet, VERGI, we took her to Texas A&M to the vet school.
Her CT scan showed fractures at L6 and L7. Unfortunately, she has a serious urinary tract infection and her bladder was expanded more than capacity because she sat at the shelter for a week without anyone eliminating her bladder.
Because of the length of the time since her injury, which they estimated to be a 1 1/2 weeks or so, surgery was not her best option because she was already healing. Instead, it was decided to try medical management. At the time, the doctors told us that if she was going to gain mobility, we should see it within 4-6 weeks, but that if it didn't happen in that time it wouldn't happen.
So, we made a decision to keep her at Texas A&M for a few weeks to monitor her, do light rehab, and eliminate her bladder multiple times a day. After she came back to Houston we got her into an amazing foster home that takes such good care of her. After a couple months she was not showing any signs of gaining mobility so we went ahead and had a custom wheelchair made for her. After she got her wheelchair her fosters began working with her in it to get her used to it. Well shortly after she got her wheelchair, she must have decided she hated it, because she started trying to use her legs. After a few weeks she was able to stand, and a few weeks after that she started taking steps. She has amazed everyone because she is now able to walk unassisted. While it is not the most graceful walking, she does it all on her own. The only downside is that she never gained full control of her bladder which has to be manually expressed, though her fosters say it is easy and she is fine with it.
She is the sweetest dog in the world and loves anyone she is around. Please give this special girl the home she deserves.
If you are interested in adopting this beautiful girl, please contact us right away at firstname.lastname@example.org.