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Jun 21, 2019

Help Ollie Heal


$2,100 needed for hip surgery to relieve Ollie’s pain

Thank you for helping Ollie heal!

We have amazing news to share! Thanks to generous support of Ollie's Help Me Heal fund, we raised more than the $2,100 needed for hip surgery to relieve Ollie's pain.

Ollie is settling into his new foster home where he will continue to build strength in his left leg before surgery. Our shelter veterinarians want to ensure Ollie's left leg will be able to support his weight following surgery on his right leg.

Dr. Donnett, Maddie's Clinical Instructor of Shelter Medicine at DCHS, will perform Ollie's surgery at Dane County Humane Society. Afterwards, Ollie will rest and recover in his foster home. He will need 4-8 weeks of physical therapy to ensure he heals properly and regains normal leg function for the future.

Thank you for giving this loving boy the second chance he deserves. Without your generous support, none of the work to help animals like Ollie would be possible.

You can help Ollie heal!

When a nervous 1-year-old Great Pyrenees mix arrived at Dane County Humane Society from an overcrowded shelter in Arkansas, our veterinary team noticed he had an unusual gait and weakness in his hips. Upon taking X-rays, we discovered there was something very wrong with his hips. Ollie had previously undiscovered fractures in multiple areas of his pelvis, causing him a great deal of pain.

We suspect Ollie was probably hit by a car prior to arriving at the original shelter in Arkansas. The trauma left Ollie with a narrowed pelvic canal and a fracture at the right hip joint causing painful contact between the ball of the femur and the socket on the pelvis.

Our veterinarians quickly started Ollie on pain medicine, and the change in Ollie's personality was almost instant. He was more outgoing, started to play and really started to show his goofy side. However, pain medicine is not a long-term solution for Ollie to enjoy the good quality of life he deserves.

After consulting with two orthopedic specialists, it was decided Ollie needs a femoral head ostectomy (FHO), a surgery which will remove the ball of the femur so the bones in his pelvis won’t rub against each other. Dr. Donnett, Maddie’s Clinical Instructor of Shelter Medicine at DCHS, will perform the specialized surgery.

Following surgery Ollie will need physical therapy for 4-8 weeks to ensure he heals properly and regains normal leg function for the future. Ollie will spend this time with a loving foster family who will help him recover and learn the joys of being a young pup again once he is pain-free.

Please help us raise $2,100 to cover Ollie’s surgery and follow-up care.

You can also mail or drop off your donation at Dane County Humane Society’s main shelter (5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718), with “Ollie” in the subject line.

Any additional funds from Ollie’s surgery and follow-up care will be used to continue the work our Animal Medical Services does every day to provide high quality medical care to thousands of companions animals each year.

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