Kyla Grace was discovered lying in the road in the southern part of Illinois. She had been struck by a vehicle so hard it left the right front limb mutilated and the left hind hip dislocated in need of Femur Head Ostectomy.
A femoral head ostectomy (FHO) is a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck from the femur. FHO surgery is performed to alleviate pain. It is a salvage procedure, reserved for a condition where pain cannot be alleviated in any other way. It is common in veterinary surgery.
Kyla was discovered by a good Samaritan who picked her off the road and delivered her to his vet in hopes her life could be saved. Thankfully, the veterinarian performed the amputation of the front limb and gave Kyla a place to heal at her clinic. The radiographs showed the need for the FHO surgery, which is costly and needs the skills of an orthopedic surgeon. Kyla lingered in limbo at the vet clinic as she healed and hoped for someone to adopt or rescue her. Her journey began in May, and she was finally able to undergo surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, IL on July 19th.
The center's SASS program covered the cost of her surgery, leaving us to raise funds for her therapy and joint supplements.
Kyla will need at least 12 sessions of therapy to learn to walk with three limbs, which is no easy feat when it involves one of the front limbs removed. Balancing is difficult when a dog uses their front legs for strength and balance. We have faith that Kyla can do this and live a quality life as a tripod.
If your heart sways you, please consider a donation or sending an item to provide the best in care for Kyla as she continues her journey to health and a forever family.