Flip in WI, Overcoming the Odds
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!
We're happy to give a pupdate on Flip, who is now an amazingly fast three legged dog. Flip had his right leg amputated in July. It was a rough going at first, but Flip was moving on his own less than a week later.
Flip gets around remarkably well. This summer he went with his foster-to-adopt family to a picnic at a small lake. Flip walked into the water after the grandchildren and began swimming on his own! All those PT sessions in the bathtub paid off. Flip takes a 20 minute walk daily. His strength and endurance have certainly improved.
Flip needs one more surgery to stabilize his patella. His body condition is much better now than when he first went in for surgery this summer. We look forward to watching Flip thrive thanks to the generous support of so many people.
Here's a video of Flip when he visited his first foster home for a long weekend in October. Sometimes it's hard to spot the 3-legged dog in play.