Visibly swollen, brindle legs lead to sad, soulful eyes. The 68-pound dog was unable to put weight on them; even just lifting his tail caused a painful whimper. The 2-year-old Pit Bull Terrier Mix had severe bruising of the abdomen, chest and hind legs. A car had hit him causing two fractured femurs. His injuries were too painful and his bruising too severe for him to use the bathroom on his own. Luckily for Chance as he is now named, he was transferred from partner agency Polk County Animal Services just in time.
Veterinarians immediately began two kinds of pain medication, an anti-inflammatory, and an antibiotic. Following a week of cage confinement and leash walks, Chance’s swelling decreased and he underwent a successful femoral head ostectomy (FHO) to remove his luxated right femoral head.
Thanks to SPCA Florida’s Guardian Angel Fund Chance received just that, a chance at health and happiness. Following his lifesaving surgery, Chance’s former guardian who had re-homed him was traced back to his microchip and she came to permanently reclaim the sweet dog who had survived so much. Without generous guardian angels, we wouldn’t be able to help pets in need like Chance. Join us in saving a life today; become a Guardian Angel.