Buddy5, February, 2000
When Buddy was hit by a car, his owners rushed the big chocolate Lab to the Tufts University Veterinary Hospital. When the extent of the young dog's injuries became known, however, the owners decided to have him euthanized. A vet at the hospital just couldn't let this happen to an otherwise healthy one year old Lab! So the vet chose to take the responsibility for having Buddy's injuries repaired.
Tufts University Veterinary Hospital provided a substantial discount for the surgery, and several hundred dollars in local donations were collected to help Buddy. LABMED was happy to provide the rest of the funds so that this happy, friendly Lab could have his second chance in life.
Buddy had a fractured right femur which needed surgical repair, and he had several lesser injuries to his left leg. Buddy's right leg needed a large plate applied to the femur for a good repair; later on, if bone loss occurs around the plate, it will need to be removed. Buddy's left leg injuries are expected to heal on their own, although he may have some arthritis later on.
Before he even left the hospital, Buddy had been adopted! Although his legs will never be perfect, Buddy gets around just fine and is healing rapidly. And he has a new name - Dan - to go with his new life!
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