I write this with a heavy heart, and hope that someone can give me an idea of what my and my pup's options are.
About 20 months ago my husband and I adopted an approx 6 month old puppy from the Blacktown (NSW) pound. We called him Ringo. He appears to be a mix of lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback, although it's hard to tell! And we don't really care anyway.. He is a beautiful boy.
In Aug 2009, my husband came home from work to find little Ringo limping in the back yard. It seems he had been playing with our other dog Teila, and had broken his back right leg. After X-rays and a specialist appointment he was diagnosed with right tibial crest avulsion. Long story short, we spent around $4K and the leg was fixed, and he spent a month inside with very restricted outside activity.
All seemed to be ok. He did still have a very slight and sometimes unnoticeable limp on this leg, but this was to be expected. At the time of the accident, Ringo was around 20kg. Has has now grown to be around 35kg.
A couple of weeks ago, we noticed that Ringo was limping quite heavily on this leg. We took him to the vet who prescribed an anti-inflammatory to see if that settled things down. No improvement or deterioration happened over the next week or so.
This week however, is a different story. He has quite a pronounced limp and doesn't seem to be his happy self.
The next step with the vet would be x-rays, specialist visit and perhaps surgery to remove the pins etc in his leg from the original surgery.
Problem is, I am on maternity leave, 7 month old baby, living from pay cheque to pay cheque and we literally cannot afford this next step. A couple of weeks ago, it was difficult for us to even buy groceries for the week.
Now... what do I do? What are my options? I cannot afford the treatment to get Ringo's leg fixed. This is not an option.
Can anyone help?