Bella Mae is a beautiful purebred Golden Retriever who has had a rough couple of years. She had an elderly owner at one time who could no longer care for her and then her next owner had to move away so she was surrendered to GRRA. Somewhere along the line Bella Mae had some type of trauma to her leg.
Bella Mae has had painful legs for quite a while and has been limping around. At only 2 1/2 years old, it is sad to watch one so young in pain. A specialist was contacted and tests and X-rays were taken. The result is that Bella Mae was probably hit by a car at some point with ankle and knee trauma, and in addition she had two bad hips, making it all the more difficult for her to walk. We discussed amputation but with bad hips that would have put too much stress on one bad hip. We wanted what was best for Bella Mae so on April 4, she had Ortho Biolateral FHO surgery (both hips). She will have months of physical therapy starting next week. It is estimated that her care so far, including the surgery and the cost of physical therapy for sweet Bella Mae, will be a whopping $6,600. As always the quality of the care we give our orphans is not affected by how high the bill will be, but it does affect how many dogs with expensive conditions we can take in.
If you would like to donate to Bella Mae's surgery and rehab cost, it would be greatly appreciated and will help ensure GRRA doesn't have to say no when the next expensive medical situation is presented.