Flip LOVES life and everyone who meets him — well, they flip over him! He's funny, cute and very spunky.
Flip was left at an animal shelter by a commercial breeder because he had a "back leg deformity". It turns out he has severe bilateral hip dysplasia and his left leg has a significant luxating patella that won't stay in place when his leg is extended, but is slightly better when it's flexed.
His right patella is fully luxated and his leg is twisted and very undeveloped. He trips over his right leg and the weight of it throws him off balance. Worse, the vets have said he will develop severe arthritis. The right leg can't be repaired, and it should be amputated before it becomes painful.
Flip's left leg has an excellent prognosis. He needs a femoral head osteotomy, meaning the head of his femur will be removed and the scar tissue will form a false joint. He also needs a soft tissue repair of his left knee. The orthopedic specialist said he expects Flip to have a "good, normal left leg" after he recovers.
In the meantime, Flip and his foster mom are strengthening him in preparation for surgery. Yes, the surgery is expensive, but Flip shows incredible spirit and he has many years of a happy life ahead of him.
Flip can run now, look at him go!