Case Study – Badgee

badgee1.jpgWith one of the Georgia rescues we got in a litter of lab pups. One of these pups the staff started to call Little Mutant Man. This poor little guy was showing very weird signs of bowed legs. They did not seem to bother him at all and he managed to jump around and act like a puppy. We knew we had to get him to the vet and figure out what he needed and I assumed it would be major surgeries to try to straighten his legs out and then to fix whatever was wrong with this little pup. I admit my head saw $ signs spinning all around. I was worried, about the finances AND of course about this sweet little pup who was just the most darling dog you’d ever want to meet.

One day one of our regular volunteers brought her daughter with her. Lace saw Little Mutant Man and said “Hmmm. I can help”. She contacted me a few days later and asked if she could foster Little Mutant Man as a case study for her veterinary internship. She said they would pay for everything, blood work, x-rays and his care and we’d only pay for major surgeries needed. The best part of this is that Little Mutant Man would be going HOME to live with her and her roommate. A WONDERFUL option for this sweet little boy who clearly no one would want because he looked so “deformed”.

So Lace came and picked him up last week. She immediately gave him a name – Badgee – short for Bad Genes. Stay tuned for updates. Oh…and Lace?? THANK YOU!

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UPDATE:
UPDATE as of January 29th from Lace:
badgee4.jpgHi there! I just wanted to let you know that Badgee is doing great! After x-rays, orthopedic exams, neurologic exams, and blood work, he has been diagnosed as having a bi-lateral carpal flexural deformity which is causing his legs to bow.The good news is that Badgee’s legs are probably fixable without surgery. The not so good news is that I have gotten as many opinions as I have veterinarians I have asked about appropriate treatment. Minimal treatment is exercise on a tractioned surface (carpet, cement, dirt, etc.) and feeding by-the-label of a good puppy food (NutraMax or Science Diet Puppy were recommended. From there, treatment ranged to bandaging and cage rest, bandaging and normal activity, splinting, and surgery.I decided on a moderate option of bandaging his legs with low to moderate exercise with a recheck of his legs in 7-10 days. I also put him on NutraMax Puppy and measure out his food for his 20lb. weight.badgee5.jpgHe adjusted very quickly to the bandages, though the first few minutes were very comical! He doesn’t seem to mind them much and doesn’t even really chew at them. That being said, I still put an e-collar on him when I put him in his crate for the night- just to be safe :)He loves to play with his toys and snuggle, but does quite well entertaining himself a lot of the time. He has the biggest personality and quickly won over the hearts of all of the ladies at the vet clinic where I work. Oh, and he has been doing great at house-breaking. He’s been whimpering to let me know he wants to go out, then goes to bathroom almost right away when we get outside. He is such a great puppy!Anyway, I have enclosed a couple of pictures and I will keep you informed about how the little boy is doing. He’s making himself quite at home here, and I can’t wait to see how his little legs turn out!
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Update from Lace as of January 31st:Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you a quick update on baby Badgee…Yesterday, we took the bandages off to check his legs and re-wrap if necessary (they were starting to get a little stinky) and his legs looked amazing! They’re nowhere near perfect yet, but after talking with the orthopedic surgeon we decided to keep the bandages off and do some PT. He’ll do some aqua-therapy and brisk walking on tractioned surfaces, making sure to avoid slippery floors.He’s on a wholesome diet and being fed for his weight, as it is essential not to overfeed a pup in his condition. I’ll send a full report with pictures in the next few days. Just wanted everyone to know that he is doing wonderfully and thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and support.Badgee will someday be needing a loving forever-home, and I hope that we can all make that happen for him. He is such a wonderful boy!We’d love to hear your comments. Leave them here.badgee8.jpgUpdate from Lace as of February 6th:
As promised, I’m writing in with a Badgee update! He is continuing to improve every day, and his legs are progressively looking less bowed. His carpal joint seems much more stable than when I first saw him. The concept of keeping him on “moderate” exercise was unacceptable to Mr. Badgee, who now gets to tear around the fully-carpeted house. He also enjoys going for short walks outside, so long as it isn’t raining like it is right now!His gait is still a little awkward and his legs a little bowed, but the improvement he has made so far is nothing short of miraculous. Badgee set out to show us all that nothing can hold him back and that he is determined to be as normal and active a puppy as any other. He has far surpassed all of our expectations with his rapid progress and I look forward to sharing more about his improvements!We’d love to hear your comments. Leave them here.

Note from Kerry….Badgee is now available for adoption. If you would like to adopt Badgee, please fill out an adoption application on our website!

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BADGEE IS NOW BACK AT PETS ALIVE, COMPLETELY HEALTHY
AND READY TO GO TO A FOREVER HOME!
IF YOU WISH TO ADOPT BADGEE PLEASE FILL OUT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION!
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO LACE AND HER FRIENDS FOR THEIR HELP WITH HIM.

Latest Update from Lace:

We finally have a conclusion to the medical aspect of Badgee’s story: HE’S CURED!!! After speaking with the Orthopedic surgeon who has been seeing Badgee, we have established that Badgee’s muscular defect has been corrected and he is no longer a ‘special needs’ dog. He can walk on any surfaces, go up and down stairs as he pleases, and do anything a normal puppy does. There are no more restrictions on his activity!!! The only continuing rule (which is good for all pups) is that his food must be monitored for his weight so that he does not become overweight. The best news of all is that because he did not undergo any invasive surgeries, he is not at any increased risk for bone or joint problems down the road. Dr. P said that his gradual progress means his joints and bones adjusted properly as his muscles grew and are now in perfect condition. Badgee (who will hopefully get a new, happier name) can now be adopted as a perfectly normal puppy! I am so proud of him and happy that he will get to lead a life free from this leg problem! Let’s get that boy a home!!!

UPDATE:  BADGEE’S LEGS ARE FINE AND HE IS NOW LIVING WITH HIS NEW FAMILY IN A FOREVER HOME!