Courage was surrendered to us after his owners were going to have to euthanise him due to not being able to afford life saving tick treatment.
Courage was named because this little guy had already been through so much at such a young age. He was so brave throughout this whole ordeal.
Courage was only 12 weeks old and had his whole life ahead of him so of course we wanted to help this boy. A few days had passed after arriving at the vet and Courage had already started to recover extremely well and was soon discharged from the vet. A few days after getting home his front carpus (wrist) began to swell so we rushed him to the vet and his limb was placed in multiple casts over the next few weeks to restrict movement and minimise further damage.
2 months on Courage finally began to run and play like a normal puppy should, he was left with an outward rotation however was happy and healthy in himself.
A week later, which brings us to today, Courage was happily playing with his foster siblings, when his foster mum noticed a very painful limp in his back leg, our team got him to our vet where they discovered he had a Tibial Crest Avulsion which needs surgery NOW! We have been quoted $3500 for emergency surgery.
A bit about Tibial Crest Avulsion:
Tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture usually occurs in younger dogs due to the area of the tibia not being fully fused to the rest of the bone. Puppies diagnosed with this type of fracture usually have had some sort of trauma such as jolting the leg with the knee flexed. This can tear the bone fragment from its normal position. If left untreated, a tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture can result in poor function of the knee joint or even the entire leg.
The tibial tuberosity attaches the patella to the tibia with a strong tendon of the quadriceps muscle group. A fracture of the tibial tuberosity can result in an avulsion fracture and pull the quadriceps muscles. An avulsion fracture happens when a bone has been broken and a fragment of the bone is being separated by the pull of an attached muscle or tendon.
Surgery will entail putting the bone back into its correct position to keep the quadriceps muscles from continuing to pull the bone fragment out of place. Courage will be placed under anesthesia and pins and/or wire will be used to correct the fracture.
Courage has already been through so much in such a short period of time, he is only a baby and only deserves the best.
We unable to afford this as a charity so we are relying greatly on the kindness of our supporters.