Harper, February 2003
As told by Harper's rescuer:
Harper is a gorgeous chocolate Lab girl who was turned in to a local San Diego animal shelter by someone claiming to have picked her up as a stray. She had been hit by a car and was clearly favoring her right hip. It was later determined by microchip that it was actually her original owner who turned her over to the shelter and that she had in fact been hit by a car but the timing was unclear.
She was immediately examined by a veterinarian who determined by x-ray that she had a dislocated hip. We consulted with an orthopedic specialist and the next day, the veterinarian attempted to re-locate the hip by reduction. This attempt was unsuccessful. On Monday she went to the orthopedic specialist who attempted to reduce the hip with an open incision. It was later determined that she had likely been hit 3-4 weeks ago and that the hip was not going to reduce on its own. A triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) was done and the hip now looks great. Harper is expected to resume normal and full activity within a matter of months.
Through this whole ordeal, I have discovered what an amazing animal this girl is. She is great with all people and other dogs. She carries toys around in her mouth all day long! Her attitude and outlook are completely positive. And thanks to the combined efforts of LABMED and Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue, Harper is in a new home with a wonderful family who will cherish and adore her throughout the rest of her life. Thank you LABMED for playing a large part in making this happen.
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