Vino, September 2003
Vino's family found him irresistible when he was a cute little yellow pup wagging his tail in the pet store window. It was a different story, however, when Vino developed severe hip dysplasia. By 10 months of age, he had trouble getting up from a sitting position and could not go up or down stairs without assistance. No longer wanted by his original owners, Vino had the good luck to be rescued by a family who heard of his plight and felt that the wonderful Lab deserved better than a trip to the local shelter for probable euthanasia.
Searching everywhere for help to pay for the surgery needed for Vino, his rescuers were referred to LABMED by a nearby Lab club. Their application for assistance included this plea for help: "My husband and I are both animal lovers and could not see such a young dog being put down because of a condition that can be fixed. Any help would be a miracle."
Thanks to funding assistance from LABMED, Vino received the miracle he needed. Both of his hip joints were repaired surgically by removing the ball of the femur (FHO). Vino is expected to make a full recovery and will soon be able romp and play again. In a very happy ending, Vino's rescuers adopted him and he now has a permanent family of his own.
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