Mabel was dumped at Metro Animal Care and Control in Nashville. It was clear that she had previously been used as a breeding dog, and she was abandoned when she was no longer useful. She limped on her hind legs and appeared to be in pain as she applied gentle pressure when walking on them. Mabel was reserved, but proved she had a lot of love to give despite her past. Luckily, Wags and Walks was smitten with her pouty face, and they took her into their care to figure out what was causing her mobility issues.
Mabel was seen by four different veterinarians, each of which had a different opinion about her hind leg issues. She eventually had a visit with an orthopedic specialist, who confirmed her canine cruciate ligaments (CCL) were torn in both of her hind legs, and they cannot heal on their own. In addition to torn CCLs, she has a luxating patella in her left hind leg, meaning her kneecap dislocates.
She will need three procedures to repair each of her CCLs and the luxating patella. She will be able to have her CCL and luxating patella in her left hind leg repaired at the same time, but she will need 6-8 weeks of recovery before having surgery for her other leg. It will be a lengthy healing process, but vets are positive she will make a full recovery, if surgery is completed.
We will keep everyone pupdated on her surgery schedule and recovery.