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UPDATE January 15, 2016: Scooby's right leg has been healing very well, and doctors feel he's doing so well they can now address his left leg. Scooby will soon undergo a left femoral head ostectomy (FHO), which will alleviate the pain in his left leg. This is a fairly simple procedure, and after 6-8 weeks of rehab Scooby should return to normal activity. In the meantime, Scooby is resting comfortably and getting plenty of TLC from our dedicated veterinary team.

You’d never know by looking at him or watching him shower the medical staff inside North Shore Animal League America’s Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center with kisses, but this little Bichon/Poodle mix puppy is hurting and in desperate need of your help.

The 4-month-old puppy, who looks like a cream colored cotton ball and has been affectionately named Scooby, came to Animal League America’s Port Washington, N.Y. campus with severe fractures in both of his hind legs presumably from a blunt-force trauma to the area. After examining the ailing pup, Animal League America veterinarians determined his injuries will require multiple intricate surgeries at a specialty hospital since both injuries were to growth plates.

“Both of his back legs are fractured in different spots,” said Animal League America Veterinarian, Dr. Briana Mirchel. “His right femur is fractured right in the area of the growth plate down near his knee and his left femur is fractured high up at the neck where it connects the ball of the femur to the rest of the bone. Unfortunately, these are pretty severe injuries for a young puppy and will require advanced procedures to correct them. Sadly, it’s going to be a long recovery for Scooby.”

Because the growth plates are the weakest areas of the growing skeleton—even weaker than the nearby ligaments and tendons that connect bones to other bones and muscles—they are extremely vulnerable to injury and do require immediate attention if injured in order to prevent future complications. If not treated, humans or animals who suffer injuries to their growth plates are susceptible to significant complications such as growth deformities. There’s no doubting that Scooby has a long road ahead of him, but with your generous support of our one-of-a-kind Help Me Heal Program and the nurturing arms of the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, this little puppy will be back on his paws soon enough. Once fully healed, our veterinarians are hopeful that Scooby will have a brand new lease on life with no restrictions.

“In my estimation, Scooby’s recovery time will probably be around 6 to 8 weeks and he will probably have to be placed into our Foster Care Program before going up for adoption, so he’ll have the time to heal,” said Dr. Mirchel. “He’s very sweet and has a great demeanor, which has given us high hopes that he’ll do very well throughout his road to recovery.”

At Animal League America, we never give up on animals in need. Please give as generously as you can so we can provide Scooby, and precious companion animals like him, with the treatment that will not only help them survive, but thrive.

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