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Leo, Tibetan Mastiff - Jan. 26 Update

Our big buddy Leo had a big day today! He took a trip to see some great doctors at North Star Vets in Robbinsville, where everyone just loved him!

Leo was first examined by Dr. Weinstein, the orthopedic surgeon, who reviewed the x-rays taken by our veterinarian, Dr. Baris. Dr. Weinstein concurred that Leo's conformation is "pretty bad". Leo has deformities in his legs, luxating patellas that are actually not nearly as bad as initially thought, and hip dysplasia. Since Leo is "scuffing" his feet and knuckling from time to time, it was recommended that he be evaluated by a neurologist also in the future. But for now, we have good news- we are hoping that with lots of exercise and physical therapy, Leo may be able to avoid leg and hip surgery! His joint conditions are not causing him much discomfort and he has not developed any arthritis. He will also start on some various supplements and medications for his joints and will be re-evaluated in a month to see if his condition has improved. Great news!

Unfortunately, Leo's evaluation by Dr. Vygantis, the ophthalmologist, did not bring much good news, but it was to be expected. Leo has several conditions going on with his eyes including bi-lateral entropion, cherry eyes, and a condition that has caused the skin to fold down over his eyes. Leo will need surgery for all of these conditions as his eyes are painful and he has limited vision right now. We will need to continue to work on getting his skin infection cleared up before he can have this surgery, so he will be re-evaluated in a month and surgery will be scheduled shortly thereafter.

So a little good news, and some bad news too, but all in all, we know that Leo will only get better from here on in! It's obvious that he feels so much better already after only a few weeks of good care and getting the medical attention that he needed for so long. We continue to be so thankful that Leo came to us when he did. We can't imagine the condition he would be in had he stayed in his former home any longer. (Read Leo's original story here.) Everyone that meets Leo is just amazed by his warm and bubbly personality, and he continues to enjoy all of the attention he's getting. He sure deserves it too!

Leo's road to recovery continues to be a long one, but we are confidant that he'll get there. We want to thank all of you that have donated to our Res-Q Fund to help us with his medical expenses. We rely heavily on our Res-Q Fund in times like these to help Leo and so many others like him that were used, abused, and tossed away. If you would like to contribute toward our mounting medical expenses, please make a donation to our Res-Q Fund.

Thank you all so much for your thoughts and well wishes for our big buddy. We will update again soon on our gentle giant, Leo.

Check out Leo's next update - Feb.2nd


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