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Gwen – Heisman

Gwen – Heisman

In November of 2008, our 2 year old yellow lab, Heisman, was diagnosed with a torn cruciate ligament in her right leg. After extensive research about the options before us, February 5, 2009 brought with it a TPLO surgery for Heisman – involved a cut through her leg bone, a plate, and 6 screws. Heisman began what we knew was going to be a long recovery – 8 weeks until bone healing, then 8 more weeks of extensive rehabilitation. About 3 weeks into the recovery period, we noticed a major regression in Heisman’s recovery progress. What had seemed like comfortable steps became limps, and a bump was visible over her plate site. A trip to the vet and blood cultures revealed that Heisman had MRSI over her plate – essentially her body rejecting the newly inserted material. As her mother, with little sleep on a twin air mattress with an 80 pound dog, I knew that our situation was serious, and that I didn’t know where to turn. The orthopedic surgeon recommended antibiotics, which we started immediately, but I am always the type who wants to thoroughly research every situation and ensure that I am doing everything I can for my dog. The Bella Moss Foundation was there for me every step of the way. From the latest and greatest homeopathic remedies to daily support and check ins, they were an invaluable source. They pointed me in the right direction, found an infection specialist in my area to contact and consult with our orthopedic surgeon, and allowed me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Heisman’s road has not been an easy one, as the cruciate ligament in her left knee ruptured in early May, and led us down the path of a second knee surgery, but having support like the Bella Moss Foundation provides has been amazing and invaluable. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do!

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