Scarlett’s FHO Surgery

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Happy girl, Scarlett

This Friday, June 1st, our Vizsla/Terrier mix Scarlett will have FHO surgery to repair a previous injury: a broken, dislocated, incorrectly healed leg and hip. When we adopted her a year ago, abused and malnourished, we were unaware of the injury. Scarlett was emaciated at 28 lbs, Distemper positive, teeth falling out and cuts and sores all over. Her leg injury went unnoticed by the shelter staff, us and her veterinarians– she walked normally and nothing looked suspicious. She was already 10 months old; most likely this injury happened months before she came to the shelter.

Scarlett’s intake picture from Miami-Dade Animal Services.

In our home, Scarlett put on weight and fast; five months after arriving at our house, she weighed 51 lbs. Since she had been so abused, she was terrified of many things most dogs would consider normal: walks, leashes, cars, sneezing– she is still afraid of men who come to our home. Finally, she started overcoming her fears. Going on walks became her favorite activity and soon, she was going on runs while Dad was longboarding beside her. She could give a greyhound a run for his money!

All the weight, the newfound love of running and realizing she was in a loving home now were all reasons the injury resurfaced. Her weight put new pressure on the old injury; the running exaggerated it and knowing she was in a supporting environment allowed her to let her guard down and actually show pain. About 8 months after we first adopted her, the limping began.

Our vet looked in disbelief as he shared with us her x-rays. She needed FHO surgery, just like Chelsea. For those who don’t know, Chelsea is another rescue dog we adopted from MDAS 5 months ago. Unlike Scarlett, Chelsea’s injury was immediately noticeable. She had FHO surgery in January and has since almost healed completely (about 80%).

A week after Scarlett’s diagnosis, MDAS called and asked us to foster a puppy who also needed FHO surgery. Though we were overwhelmed, how could we say no? MDAS, the shelter both Scarlett and Chelsea were saved from on their “kill days”, takes in 100-150 dogs a day and many do not make it out alive. Scarlett was going to be killed due to the Distemper outbreak; Chelsea was going to be killed because of an upper-respiratory infection (they didn’t even recognize she had a broken leg) and Bethany was going to be killed for running out of time before getting a foster to help with her surgery rehab. Since the expensive surgery had been paid for by the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Angel Fund, we agreed to foster Bethany. She had FHO surgery in April and is currently recovering faster than Chelsea (about 75%). She is still available for adoption if you are interested πŸ™‚

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Scarlett’s surgery will cost $3,000– almost $1,000 more than Chelsea’s and Bethany’s. Because her injury is worse and she is larger, surgery will be more complex and require more medicine. We were able to raise the entire amount for Chelsea’s surgery with fundraising efforts thanks to our friends, family, blogging community and co-workers. Since we do not have all the money for this procedure laying around, we are using Care Credit, a financing servicing for health procedures– for humans and pets.

We have also set-up a ChipIn to collect funds from anyone who can donate or help us share her story! $5– or any amount– would help greatly. If you cannot donate, we completely understand. If you can, please share Scarlett’s ChipIn! The direct link isΒ

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Keep Scarlett in your thoughts and prayers as she goes through surgery Friday! We are so happy she is finally getting the surgery she so desperately needs and will no longer be in constant pain. I have a feeling that after she heals, she’ll be running even faster! And since this is the 3rd FHO surgery we’ve endured in 5 months, I can confidently say: this one should be easy as pie πŸ˜‰


28 responses to “Scarlett’s FHO Surgery

  1. Good luck, Scarlett. Mom and I will say prayers for you.

    Love and licks,

    • Thank you very much Cupcake! We can’t wait until Scarlett is finally feeling better– 2 years of pain is too much!

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend πŸ™‚ Hugs and kisses!

  2. Our fingers and paws are crossed for Scarlett! Bethany is beautiful and I sure hope she finds a loving forever home!

    • Thank you so much Bassetmomma! We aren’t nervous at all for this one– but we are hoping Bethany finds a home very soon!!! xoxo Have a great rest of the weekend!

  3. Here’s to a successful surgery and a great recovery – take care.

    • Thank you so much cravesadventure! We can’t wait until the whole bunch is finally healthy and pain-free πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  4. I hope she comes through well and is quickly healed!

  5. I’ll pray for Scarlett and a prosperous surgery, for Bethany to find a forever home and for you to get through this again πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! We too are praying Bethany finds a home soon and we know this 3rd time around things should be easy breezy πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great rest of the holiday weekend!

  6. Chancy and Mumsy

    Saying prayers for you sweet Scarlett. Love the picture…that smile is so big it looks as if you were laughing aloud. Hugs and nose kisses

  7. We will keep Scarlett in our prayers.

    • Thank you Bongo! Your prayers worked for Chelsea and Bethany so we are thinking these will too πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend!

  8. I’m sending good thoughts your way. I can’t believe Scarlett’s picture and it just sickens me that people can do that to an animal. I’m so glad she has you now. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Jodi! We don’t understand what is wrong with those people and think they should be locked away forever. You said it best– Scarlett is living the good life now and we’re so happy she’ll be pain-free soon!

  9. You really are angels! Good luck with the surgery – at least you’ve got plenty of experience in knowing what you’ve got to do at your end!

  10. Hey Scarlett, Hey Chelsea, Hey Bethany, Jet here. Hi Miss Deanna.

    You and Mr. Deanna are nothing short of guardian angels. We will hold Scarlett in light and love on June 1… promise. We apologize for not having extra biscuit money at the moment to contribute… Mom used Care credit over the last 2 weeks to help with the unexpected big bill for JJ’s unexpected surgery. We’re still paying off Koko’s (may she be frolicking over the Rainbow Bridge) surgery from last September on Care Credit… Our friend, Miss Brenda told us about it at the time… we were incredibly grateful for this financial option.

    PS… Golden Rescue South FL sprung me from the same shelter with 4 days to spare … and I gratefully ended up in my forever home with Mom, Rachel, Koko, Puffy and Fluffy and now JJ!

    • Hello Jet! Thank you so much for the kind words πŸ™‚ We are so happy we found Care Credit– it is so helpful! We really don’t know what we would have done without it.
      I didn’t know you were also from MDAS– you are such a lucky boy! I don’t have to tell you how scary it is in there 😦 I’m so happy you now have a wonderful forever home– God Bless your Mom and your family!
      Hope you have a wonderful week- woof!!

      • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Deanna.

        Thank heavens GRSF, who before me really didn’t take out many flat coat looking pups… told Mom they were couldn’t resist my face. (what can I say???) Mom gives my face tons of smooches and thanks GRSF all the time for saving my life.

  11. Good luck Scarlett! Hope she recoups quickly.

    We used Care Credit to help defer payment for Thunder’s bloat surgery (over $4,000). It is a good plan if you can pay it off within terms.

    • Thanks guys! Since she’s bigger we think she may take a little longer but in the long run, it will be so worth it! Wow, $4000 is a lot!!! Thank goodness for Care Credit!

      Hope you all have a wonderful week!

  12. Laurie Bartolo

    Good luck Scarlett! You are in my prayers!

  13. Just all paws and feets and everything crossed here

    • Thank you Pippa! It’s so nice to have so much support, we are so grateful! Looking forward to the day she’s running faster than ever πŸ™‚

  14. We are praying up a storm!!!

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