Life-changing surgical procedure offers Vulcan new hope and a brand new dwelling


It didn’t take lengthy for Vulcan to win the hearts of the workers on the Ontario SPCA Lennox & Addington Animal Centre. The four-year-old German Shepherd combine wanted speedy medical consideration when he got here into our care, and we rallied round him all through his restoration.  

Workers on the animal centre initially seen Vulcan had one thing improper along with his gait. His leg joints had been additionally moist from him licking, possible attributable to ache or discomfort. A veterinary examination and ensuing X-rays revealed bilateral hip dysplasia – extreme on the correct aspect, and delicate reworking on the left.  

After a lot consideration, it was decided the most effective plan of action for Vulcan can be a Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO). The FHO surgical process goals to revive pain-free mobility to a diseased or broken hip by eradicating the pinnacle and neck of the femur. 

To essentially perceive hip dysplasia, it’s vital to know that the hip joint features as a ball and socket,” says Mags McLarty, Registered Veterinary Technician on the Lennox & Addington Animal Centre in Napanee.With hip dysplasia, the hip bone (socket) can erode, so the leg bone (femur – the ‘ball’) that’s linked to the hip joint isn’t shifting as easily because it ought to, and the 2 bones rub or grind collectively. With bigger breed canine, they’ve numerous weight to bear, and that’s what makes this situation so painful.” 

Therapeutic journey begins 

Earlier than Vulcan might bear surgical procedure, nonetheless, the group wanted to deal with his allergic pores and skin situation, in addition to an abscessed tooth. Kristy White, Supervisor of the Lennox & Addington Animal Centre, says the workers actually fell in love with him throughout that point.  

“He was only a large goof and he beloved consideration, and the workers had been greater than keen to provide it to him,” says White. 

As a result of Vulcan would tire simply, White says the workers would sit with him within the yard, take him for brief walks and play with him within the kiddie pool the place he beloved to swim and lounge. On the identical time, the group looked for a foster or foster-to-adopt dwelling for Vulcan. 

Discovering his perpetually household 

Throughout this time, Alison was having conversations with workers about whether or not Vulcan can be match for her household. Her household has had German Shepherds for years and he or she says they had been now on the lookout for an grownup canine to deliver into their dwelling. She says Vulcan stole their hearts instantly and so they determined to deliver him dwelling as a foster-to-adopt. 

“He was simply so candy! His temperament was so pleasant. He simply type of received your compassion instantly,” Alison says. 

Mags and the animal care group continued to usually verify in on Vulcan and set him up with physiotherapy appointments. Within the meantime, he was adjusting fantastically in his new household. 

“As quickly as Dave got here in, Vulcan acted like, ‘Right here’s my individual,’ and instantly jumped on the sofa and put his head on his lap,” Alison says, recalling when Vulcan met her husband for the primary time.  

A contented ending 

Now formally adopted, Vulcan is ending his ultimate physiotherapy appointments. He’s now operating after squirrels and is a really glad boy. Alison says she wasn’t positive what to anticipate from the surgical procedure however was thrilled with the outcomes. 

“He completely received his life again,” she says. “He’s such a cheerful boy.” 

Please take into account making a donation to provide animals like Vulcan a second likelihood. As a registered charity that doesn’t obtain annual authorities funding, the Ontario SPCA depends upon the generosity of donors to vary the lives of animals. Please make a donation in the present day. 

There are additionally many animals throughout the province on the lookout for perpetually houses. If you happen to’re pondering of welcoming an animal into your life, please take into account giving a canine like Vulcan a second likelihood. View adoptable animals right here. 


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