Shelby is cast free! After 3 long weeks of wearing a very restrictive cast Shelby is now moving about freely! Since the last update Shelby has been in a routine of coming into the clinic everyday and enjoying her time by laying on her bed in the office. Now that her cast is off she is beginning her rehabilitation and therapy program that we have designed especially for her. She will be completing two days of therapy each week. Each of these days she will have therapeutic laser, electrical stimulation, massage, and a variety of active exercises aimed at gaining muscle mass in her left leg again. She will complete anywhere from 12 to 24 weeks of rehabilitation depending on how well she is healing and gaining muscle.
Overall, Shelby has been doing very well and we are now moving into the phase of looking for her forever home! She is a extremely loving girl that loves to be by your side all the time. She loves going outside for walks and keeping you company at your feet wherever the day takes you. After earning her trust, she will bond very well with her new family.
If you are interested in giving Shelby her forever home please fill out the adoption form below (PDF and word document available) and submit it via mail, email, fax, or in person by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th at 6pm. We are working with several adoption counselors to choose the best home for Shelby. An adoption fee of $150 and a home visit are a requirement of her adoption.
First off, THANK YOU all for your donations and contributions to Shelby and her medical fund! We are proud to say that with the money we have raised her medical expenses will be COMPLETELY paid for...AMAZING! We live in such a giving community, and we could not be more thankful. If you did not get a chance to donate to Shelby's fund and still want to give to a great cause check out your local rescue or human society. Here in the Whitestown area The Humane Society for Boone County is taking in cats and dogs daily that need care and support just like Shelby!
There are a lot of updates to tell all of you including:
-Surgery Recap and Radiographs
-Post-Op Recovery Timeline
-Finding Shelby her Furever home
The surgery with the specialist went very well and Shelby has learned very quickly how to get around with her cast on! Shelby had a comminuted fracture of her elbow, which means it was broken into multiple pieces. The procedure she had performed utilized a pin, screws and a small plate to hold everything together. Without this surgery, Shelby's triceps muscles would have continuously pulled on bone fragments and prevented normal healing. Without proper healing of the elbow, Shelby could have needed that leg amputated. Needless to say, we're so happy for Shelby that the community came together to save her leg!
As for her recovery, she will have her cast and splint changed every week for the next 3-4 weeks, then at that time we will do another set of x-rays and evaluate how the joint is healing. If the healing is going well, we will then remove the splint and she will enter a phase of limited activity for 2-3 more weeks. After 2-3 weeks we will start the rehabilitation and therapy stage! This stage will be longer (12-24 weeks), but is very important to getting her leg strong and mobile again! Her recovery won't be easy, or quick, but she has a lot of people pulling for her!
Now for the question everyone has been asking about: will Shelby be up for adoption?!? The answer is YES! We are not sure when that time will be, but we are currently preparing for the adoption process. Each potential adoptee will have a questionnaire to complete and a home check will also be included. Shelby is a very special girl, and will need medical care throughout her life due to her injuries, so finding a home for Shelby is very important. If you are interested in adopting Shelby please stay posted to our Facebook page for updates!
We are so excited about Shelby's future and can not thank everyone enough for everything you have done for Sweet Shelby!
THANK YOU all for your continued support and generosity to this sweet girl. Every little bit makes a difference in her road to recovery!
To donate to Shelby's cause via PayPal please follow the link below.
If you would like to donate items to Shelby here is her wish list:
(these items can be new or gently used)
-Orthopedic Doggie Bed
-Food & Water bowls
-Collar & Leash
-And of course some fun toys! :)
Thanksgiving is only a few short days away, can you believe it?! This time of year can be very hectic and things don't always go as planned, but we are here to help you make sure that your pets are safe, happy, and healthy! We have done the hard work for you and created a list of Thanksgiving Tips complete with links to the Pet Poison Helpline and even local amenities. Check out the infographic below and then scroll down to get all the juicy details!
1. Tag 'Em!
Make sure your pet has their collar and tag on with your home address! With all of your guests coming and going, the last thing you want is your pet slipping out the door without their ID tags on. ID tags with your pet's name, your name, home address, and a cell phone number (or two!) are an inexpensive way to make sure your pet gets home safe. We also recommend that your pet has a microchip with your information on it. Microchips are the size of a grain of rice, but can help identify your pet in an emergency situation! They are easy to place under the skin of your cat or dog, and they don't hurt the wallet either! When it comes to identification, don't let your pet go without, a simple tag and microchip could save their life! If you want more information on microchips you can read more here or call us!
2. Wear 'Em Out!
One of the biggest stressors of having family and friends over can be making sure your pet is on their best behavior, but it doesn't have to be that way! Make time to take your dog out for a long walk on one of the many Zionsville walking trails, or try out the new section of the Whitestown Farm Heritage Trail ( #whitestownproud )! Crunched for time? Try a fun game of fetch with their favorite ball or toy! Even if you aren't having family and friends over getting some exercise with your pup is always a good thing! :)
Do you have a cat that is afraid of company? Don't force them into an unsuspecting guest's lap, instead, find a room or space away from the hustle and bustle where they can have their own area. Placing their favorite toy, blanket, food, water, and a treat to two in a quiet space may help them feel more at ease with all the commotion. Make sure to keep food and water in their original spots too, just in case they feel like coming out to socialize a bit.
3. Watch the Door!
With guests coming and going make sure your pets are secure in the house. Keeping the door shut and latched between arrivals, having a family member stationed by the door, or even keeping the pet in their kennel or quiet room until all guests arrive are good precautions to take to prevent escapes!
4. No Scraps!
Those begging eyes may be hard to say NO to at the time, but trust us, it's for the best. Table scraps can contain ingredients that may upset your pet's stomach or even be toxic! Did you know that garlic and onion are toxic to dogs?! That may help you think twice before sharing that stuffing! Here is a more in depth list of what Thanksgiving favorites are not good for your pet, including gravy, meat drippings and butter. Want a full list of pet poisons? Click here!
5. Take the Garbage Out!
Pets, dogs especially, love using their nose to find leftovers! All those toxins we listed above, yup, they are in your trash now! Clearing the tables and counters of all the plates and serving trays is a good start, but don't forget to tie up the garbage bag after you are done and place it in the correct receptacle (away from curious noses)!
If you believe your pet has ingested or come into contact with one of the poisons above please call us immediately (317-344-0906), if we are not open call MedVet Indianapolis (317-872-8387) or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661)*fee applies.
We hope that these tips will help your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We, the CPH team, have many things to be thankful for this year, and our patients and clients are the first! We love what we do and are so thankful for each and every one of you, our CPH Family!
From the Community Pet Healthcare team,
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