Update August 12, 2019:
Jetson had his femur reconstructed on 8/7. The surgery took over 3 hours but he is recuperating.
follow up x-rays show internally, things are gravitating where they need to be since his first surgery.
His foster mom went to visit and says he is full of puppy silliness (and lots of tail wags and kisses) despite everything he has been through. We are hoping he will be able to go home tomorrow.
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Meet Jetson, a rambunctious 11 month old, pretty perfect golden. Not confined in a seat restraint, he bolted out of the car, ran across the street and was hit by a SUV, twice.
Rushed to the hospital, his owners called asking if we would take him, assume veterinary costs, and save his life.
What makes this pup so extra special? Despite the excruciating pain he was in, his golden spirit shone through all of the handling, transport and examination. Alert, curious, sweet, we could not give up on this boy.
Upon examination and x-rays, we discovered that the muscle wall herniated upward and the abdominal contents were pushing against one lung. Jetson also has multiple breaks to the pelvis and both of his rear legs.
Our first priority was to stop any internal bleeding. Jetson survived the major hernia surgery yesterday and is recovering but not out of the woods yet. His organs are back in a better position and seemingly intact. The tear in the abdominal wall was large but repairable.
Once he is stable and able to move, he will be transported to an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and a surgical plan.
To read his entire story, click here to visit Jetson’s GoFundMe page.
August 5, 2019: Jetson’s tibia surgery yesterday went well. They were able to put that back together “perfectly” – a quote from the doc.
The femoral fracture is really bad, a surgery that will take hours, even for Dr. Schulman.
There is a lot of edema and swelling in the limb as Jetson had been mostly laying on that side. He has now been rotated, weight bearing on the right side. There really is no comfortable way to maneuver him do to the extensive nature of his injustices.
Additionally, he may have a sacral fracture on the left. Making things more complicated for this poor pup is the fact that he has eight lumbar vertebrae. Most dogs have only seven. The sacral fracture has a chance to heal on its own but may need surgery which cannot be done at the time at the same time as the femur repair. Surgery will be more difficult than a straightforward fracture repair and there is a risk of neurological damage.
Jetson has been switched to different pain medication to determine if what they are seeing is a result of the medication or a neurological issue. He will be monitored the next couple of days.
There is some nerve response at the hip and they will be monitoring for response at his knees and toes. If the nerves are okay, surgical repair is the next step. If not, then an amputation may be a consideration.