August 16, 2020 @ 1:01PM — August 21, 2020 @ 6:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Hippo's TPLO Surgery
A beautiful young boy, (who is grey, even though he can look brown in some photos), was surrendered by his owners to an area animal control because they could no longer afford his care. After his intake exam it was discovered that he had an ACL that needed repair, and those are costly. Very few rescues will step up and take on a medical case like Hippo.
This sweetie pie was very shy and it took some time for him to warm up; that coupled with his medical needs made everyone overlook him. But not us, he touched our hearts! After 2 months of waiting at animal control he left the building and has now been in a foster home for almost 1 month. On 8/7/2020 he had TPLO surgery at Veterinary Specialty Center to fix his torn ACL.
When Hippo joined CTP we knew he had a torn CCL, which is similar to the ACL in humans. Perhaps the owners that surrendered him to animal control knew this and that contributed to the reason they couldn’t afford his care. Hippo is only a year old, he’s got his whole life to live and shouldn’t have to do that in pain or with restricted activities due to an unrepaired injury. The cost of a TPLO surgery is around $5,500. Hippo went yesterday to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove to have his CCL repaired so he can continue to have the long active life he was destined for!
The recovery period following an extensive orthopedic surgery will require rehabilitation for the best outcome. He will need rest and exercise restrictions for 8-12 weeks. This allows the incision and bone to heal and the knee function to return. Most dogs recover in about 8 weeks. The success rate of TPLO surgery is extremely high, with as great as 90 percent of dogs who undergo TPLO surgery returning to normal or almost normal function.
Hippo did fantastic yesterday during surgery and we just got word about an hour ago that he is able to come home today! We will be posting updates about his journey as he recovers, so be in the lookout! Please consider marking a donation to help with the cost of his surgery. No amount is too small, and every penny from you makes a huge difference. If you’re unable to donate please share his story, everyone needs some Hippo in their newsfeed.
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