Loving and timid Eysha is a Shar Pei and, at only 14 months old, is in desperate need of medical treatment for a very sore and debilitating knee condition (known as a luxating patella). Sadly, she came to Ferne because her owner was no longer able to look after her. She was overweight, so was started on a diet and strict exercise regime with a gradual increase in the amount of exercise she was given and, over time she became more playful and enjoyed her paddock time with the other dogs.
Last week, we noticed that Eysha was holding her hind leg up and we quickly realised that she had dislocated her knee cap. Our Re-homing Manager managed to gently put it back in place. Eysha was immediately taken to the vets for a check-up as we suspected she may have a luxating patella (a condition where the kneecap pops out of the groove it rides in and cannot be returned), and unfortunately our fears were confirmed.
“Eysha is quite a timid dog who seeks reassurance by cuddling up to you,” commented Tara Nirula, Re-homing Manager. “However, once she gets to know you is very loving and, considering she must be in a lot of discomfort, she is always happy to see you. She is a young dog, and we want to do all we can do to make her life pain free and for her to live a long and happy life”.
It was vital that the operation was performed immediately as her lameness would have become progressively worse if left for too long. Over time, the patella wears a hole in the cartilage which also slows the healing process, so this surgery was needed urgently to correct the defect.
We need £800 to reach our £1,200 target to cover her treatment, which includes the operation to repair the luxating patella followed by after care, such as physiotherapy and possibly hydrotherapy to help strengthen her muscles and joints as well as the veterinary medication she will need to help with the pain and inflammation. Eysha is a young dog and deserves a life free from pain.
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