PeppaLabrador Retriever (short coat) • Female • Young • Large
Meet Peppa! Peppa was rescued in the summer of 2017 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, likely after being struck by a car. We took Peppa to Texas A&M Vet School for extensive traumatic injuries which included several fractured lumbar vertebrae, several fractured ribs, fractured pelvis and many abrasions.
To add insult to injury, because she sat at the shelter for a week without anyone eliminating her bladder, she also had a serious urinary tract infection and her bladder was expanded more than capacity, causing, what the vets believed at the time, would be permanent damage negating her chance to urinate on her own.
Because of the length of the time from her injury to our being seen by a vet, surgery was not her best option and posed much risk. Instead, it was decided to try medical management. At the time, the vets 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. 4-6 weeks went by and she still could not walk, but read on…
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 and donated 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. We had also started her treatment with an amazing Houston vet, Dr. Marziani, who we have sent very special cases to over the years when all hope was almost lost. Dr. Marziani started treating Peppa in June 2017. At the time she started treating Peppa, she could not walk or stand, she could only sit with her back completely rounded and her pelvis tucked way up under her. She had no control of her bowels and was completely dependent on her care givers. She started treating her with electro-acupuncture immediately for her neurological deficits. As her injuries allowed, she started adding specific rehab exercises to Peppa’s daily care with the end goal that Peppa would one day get her independence back. She also added chiropractic adjustments to her non-fractured areas of the spine to help improve her mobility. Through the course of the last year and a half we have seen Peppa go from completely dependent to almost entirely independent! She cannot only walk on her own, but has the confidence to walk across slick floors. She has control of her bowels and NO LONGER needs her bladder expressed, however she does still need some support, so she doesn’t fall when squatting to urinate.
With continued care and the right exercise Peppa will live a very full life! Peppa’s foster family have been wonderful with her and have followed Dr. Marziani’s treatment recommendations faithfully, returning her independence to her.
Peppa is a true inspiration and loves life! She is the sweetest girl and loves all people and her canine buddies, especially her Lab foster brother. She would make a wonderful addition to a loving family and we would love to find her that perfect forever home!
Peppa is spayed, up to date on vaccines and microchipped. She is estimated to be about 3 years old. Now she just needs a wonderful family to call her own!! She sure deserves it!
If you are interested in adopting this beautiful girl, please contact us right away at firstname.lastname@example.org.