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Roses are RED – Violets are BLUE – and Tito Really needs YOU
VALENTINE’S DAY MIGHT BE OVER BUT THIS LITTLE BOY NEEDS YOUR VALENTINE HELP FOR NEW KNEES…WILL YOU BE TITO’S VALENTINE?
Meet Tito…. Sadly, despite surviving the tough streets in Puerto Rico and being rescued by All Sato Rescue Tito a little 5 month old spaniel mix came to us where a few days later our staff noticed him limping….
Not UNCOMMON we thought…. often the pups will rough house and play hard running around in their kennels and sometimes have minor injuries or a limp or skip or scratch which quickly resolves – they are just being fresh rough housing…. but we decided Tito should probably have some x-rays just to make sure there wasn’t something more serious going on….
WELL – BAD NEWS for poor Tito and WORSE NEWS for US…. Tito’s x-rays came back and he was found to have Bilateral (meaning both knees) Grade 3 (on one knee) and Grade 4 ( on the other knee) Medial Luxating Patellas.
Medial Luxating Patella – to learn more about Tito’s condition click here - Luxating patellas are graded from 1 (the lowest) and 4 (the highest/worst case) and grading is a method of classifying the degree of luxation and bony deformity is useful for diagnosis. The medial luxating patella, commonly called a trick knee, is an extremely common problem in toy/small breed dogs. An owner typically notices a little skip in the dog’s step. The dog may even run on three legs, holding one hind leg up, and then miraculously be back on four legs as if nothing has happened. In fact, something has happened: the kneecap (patella) has slipped out of the smooth groove in which it normally rides up and down. It has slipped medially, which is to say towards the opposite leg, as opposed to laterally, which would be away from the dog entirely. With the patella dislocated (or luxated) medially, the knee cannot extend properly and stays bent. Hopefully, the patient will be able to slip the kneecap back where it belongs and be back to normal in only a few steps. For some dogs, getting a kneecap back where it belongs and normal extension of the rear leg is a mere dream only attainable with surgical correction. This is where we need YOU to help US help Tito
It is not a good thing to have one’s knee cap out of place; the entire weight-bearing stress of the rear leg is altered which, in time, leads to changes in the hips, long bones, and ultimately arthritis. How severe the changes are depends on how severe the luxation is (i.e., the grade as described above) and how long that degree of luxation has been going on. In time, the legs will actually turn outward with its muscles turning inward, making the dog bow-legged. The luxation is not considered a painful condition but after enough time and conformational change, arthritis sets in, which is indeed painful.
Poor Tito….has the bad luck of a congenital set of bad knees and will now need MAJOR orthopedic surgery in order to give him any hope at a pain free life – where he can walk and act like the puppy he is….Estimates for his surgery is about $3,000 PER KNEE….Sadly our shelter doesn’t have $6,000+ to pay for his surgery…so we are starting a fundraiser for little Tito in hopes we can get his knees fixed and he can be pain free.
In general, the prognosis for a successful outcome decreases as the grade and physical signs of disability increase and is inversely related to the age of the patient at the time of onset. Therefore, the younger the patient, the more guarded the prognosis. Since the problem is a developmental one, it is difficult to predict the severity of the end result. At the same time, the best results will occur the sooner the surgical procedure is carried out. So it is our hope that since Tito is just a puppy he will have an amazing chance at recovering….since he is still young – the surgeons recommendation would be to wait a few more weeks until he gets through his initial growth spurt (hopefully this will give us enough time to raise the much needed funds for his surgery!) and they would do the worst knee first…. and about 6-8 weeks later his 2nd knee.
Little Tito has a long road ahead for recovery and we definitely can’t afford to help Tito without YOUR help….every penny counts and when we have a special animal that needs a little extra help like Tito – well we just have to try to help him, too. Sadly in most other shelters Tito would be considered un-adoptable due to the cost of his surgery and required care and he’d most likely be euthanized. But we are hopefully that our supporters and adopters will help us help Tito….
Tito is currently being lovingly fostered and cared for where they are limiting his exercise and giving him the TLC he needs and sooooo deserves….and is also on anti-inflammatory pain meds to manage his pain.
So from our shelter to you…. will YOU help us give this little Valentine a late gift and donate towards getting Tito’s knees fixed? No donation is to small….and we can ALL help him walk tall!
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The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, Massachusetts is a non-profit organization and no-kill shelter. The shelter provides humane sheltering and care for stray, unwanted, abused and neglected animals. Learn More.