Positive for heartworms?: 
Extraordinary Golden Fund recipient?: 

GRR Number: 22-063

Type of Surrender: Owner Turn In

Status: Medical Hold

Age: 1

Weight: 51

Charlie Update May 17:

Sweet Charlie, with bad hips, is recovering from his second hip surgery. That’s right, a second surgery was needed. After the first one, the hip popped out of socket just two weeks later so a revision was needed. Charlie is recovering with a new foster since the previous one had several extended vacations that they were not able to change and would not be available to provide consistent care for him. We appreciate the care and love they gave him and know he will be missed.

 Meet Charlie who is a bundle of love and floof!

Charlie came to us through an owner surrender. Happy and calm with kids, crate-trained, house-broken, unbothered by thunderstorms, gentle taking treats, and loves cuddles. Perfect pup!  Well, maybe not so perfect after all. You see, Charlie was born with hip dysplasia which is a disorder that has progressively gotten worse. As much as he wants to run, play fetch, and just be a silly puppy, he cannot. He is very unsteady on his legs, needs to be kept quiet and spends most of his time lying about. Imagine being a puppy and NOT being able to do all of the things a healthy puppy enjoys!

To give Charlie the life he deserves, he had THR (Total Hip Replacement) surgery. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball is at the top of the thigh bone (femur), and the socket (acetabulum) is in the pelvis. Total hip replacement surgery removes and replaces both the ball and socket with prostheses. Most canine hip replacement prostheses have a metal ball at the top of the femur that fits into a dense plastic socket.  THR surgery rehabilitation takes three months.

Charlie had hip replacement surgery on March 30. The surgery went well but the surgeon said the fit was really tight and due to the structure, he might need to also have the other hip done. He had been recovering but yesterday Charlie woke up and would not put weight on the leg so he went back to the surgeon who said the hip had popped out. She said this was a concern they had since the fit in the hip was so tight due to Charlie's structure and he will need a revision surgery which he had May 2.

We are now one week post op from his second surgery and Charlie is making progress.  Charlie's Foster mom is using his harness and a sling to help support him for short, s l o w walks to potty as he is not to put weight on his leg.  He is doing well so let's keep paws crossed he continues to make progress.  Be patient Charlie as we'll have you running soon.  Stay tuned for updates on Charlie's journey. 

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