Ginger, April 1997
This sweet yellow girl sustained a fracture of her lower left front leg during puppyhood, sometime between the ages of 10 and 14 weeks. Unfortunately, her fracture was left untreated, causing the leg to grow at a strange angle (note the pre-op picture at the right). At six months of age, Ginger was already limping badly and vets feared her condition would get worse without corrective surgery.
With help from LABMED, Ginger was able to receive the surgery necessary correct her old injury and give her use of her leg once again.
Update, May 1998
The vet had to rebreak Ginger's leg in five places to reallign it. After the surgery, she was outfitted with an external fixator to hold her leg together while it healed. Ginger wore this "brace" for two months, then it was removed and she got to be a puppy again!
Ginger is now 1 1/2 years old and weighs 48 lbs. The vet says she will probably remain small. She has been in her permanent home for about a year and plays all day long with two other dogs and her human family.
Ginger in her brace & Ginger healed and ready to play!
Update, June 1999
On June 5, 1999, Ginger died suddenly as the result of a seizure. She left a family who loved her and will remember her forever. They have written a wonderful tribute to Ginger for us to include on her page. We are all saddened to hear of Ginger's untimely death.
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