Sweet Winston is one big stubborn dog. He has started to show improvement but has an attitude about not getting up if he feels a tiny bit of pain. For such a big dog, he definitely is wimpy when he does not want to do something. The Vet Techs have had to use a harness to get him up, or he will not even attempt to go on his own.
A wonderful follower of Noah's Arks Rescue is loaning us a quad cart that we have used in the past for Dozer when he had his surgery. The cart is custom designed for a very large dog and can carry one that is close to 200 lbs. Winston is probably going to end up being around 160 lbs once he puts all of his weight back on. The hardest part is getting him up and moving. Once his surgical site has healed, he will then be allowed to do Therapy in the Underwater Treadmill.
Winston has lots of medical issues we are working on in addition to his Wobbler's Disease. Putting weight on him has been an on-going battle. He will eat but not enough to allow his body to regain the necessary weight he lost before we got him. He also has Entropian Eyelids which need to be surgically corrected. Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelids in which the eyelid "rolls" inward. This inward rolling causes the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub against the cornea resulting in pain, corneal ulcers or corneal erosions. As soon as Winston is well enough, we will be doing this procedure on both of his eyes.
For some strange reason, Winston is not getting a lot of Donations. We haven't even gotten enough to cover his MRI much less his surgeries and his on-going medical care. I am glad that we grabbed Winston because he would have had to be put down without his surgery. He is as deserving as all of the other pups we have taken in. I can't even imagine the pain he has endured from being put outside with no place to lay that does not cause him unimaginable pain. The results of being outside with no place padded for him to lay on has caused him to have sores on most of his joints where the bone came through.
Please, Donate toward his Medical Bills. We have our hands beyond full with all of the dogs we have and the new ones we took in during the storm. We are all these pups have that has kept them from being put to sleep, and we now need to do everything possible to get them well or at least where they have a good Quality of Life.