Breed: Mixed Breed
Weight: 55 lbs
Location: Anna, Texas
About Diggity Dog:
We agreed on taking this boy that Wes said was haunting him knowing that Wes will need to foster him and Raquel drove all night last night to bring him up to the Ranch.
He’s a shorty, he looks like he has given up on life, he has a cherry eye that needs to be repaired but he is a lucky dog, he just won the lottery and as of this morning has arrived to the Ranch.
Welcome to Dog Ranch Rescue Diggity Dog.
Once we got Diggity Dog up on his feet it was very clear that he has a significant problem with his back leg. My guess is its a torn ACL but a complete exam for sure will happen very soon. Pain meds have been give and we will see what needs to be done..
X-rays confirm that Diggity Dog does have his hip that is out of the socket, perhaps hit by a car….who knows, these dogs living on the streets in the valley are subjected to so many things it’s just awful.
Ultimately it will require surgery and he is scheduled for a consultation with our surgeon on Monday morning.
Yesterday Diggity Dog was taken to Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center for an assessment of his hip. We learned that he had bilateral hip dysplasia and his right hip is out of socket. This is incredibly painful for him. We also learned that it appears he is sick with ehrlichia and his platelet count is very low, with that information he cannot have surgery until we get that taken care of. You cannot operate on a dog with platelets like this because his blood will not clot properly.
He is going to need an FHO which is the procedure where his hip socket will be cut off so the bone is not grinding anymore. We can only hope his left hip doesn’t become painful because he has dysplasia in that hip too. We will be treating him with doxycycline to try and get his platelets back up and once we have accomplished that he will go in for surgery on his hip, the ophthalmologist will come into the same surgery and repair his cherry eye and he will be neutered all at the same time.
He’s got a long road ahead of him, he is on pain medication for his hip but it will have to wait for now.
Diggity Dog is now chilling at Wes’s place, he is so happy to be in a home and is such a good boy. He is so laid back and just lovely with dogs and cats. Dr. Reno came to the sanctuary today to do all of the rechecks and boosters on the rescues and Wes took Diggity over for his. They all love him and he loves them and they all gave him lots of hugs and kisses.
He’s a fantastic dog. Super happy and bouncy and frolics all the time. I don’t know if his leg hurts or if he doesn’t care, he doesn’t use it much if at all, and gets around perfectly fine in spite of it. He wants everyone to be his friend, including the cats which have been really tolerant of his garishness because they know he means no harm. He’s loose just about all the time when I’m home, but will go in and out of his crate freely to lay down. He really likes food, and if you make *anything* to eat he’s in the kitchen smelling for it and doing little hops to try and see it.