This post is all about my best girl, Ziva, our Chocolate Lab.
Ziva has been my companion for almost seven years now. She loves the beach, camping, and playing in the river just like her family. She is a water dog through and through.
The poor thing though, has had horrible luck with her leg. Her hips are perfect, which is rare with labs. Her issues with her leg comes from an accident, one very bad accident that has left her with limited mobility and severe arthritis.
The accident happened when she was just five months old. One day, when at work with my husband, a cat caught her attention and when she chased it across the road, she was hit by a car. It was devastating. Zach scooped her up, jumped in the truck and headed to the vet before the couple that hit her could even get out of their car.
Once at the vet, there wasn’t a lot they could do for her in the small town they were in. The damage to her leg was awful. They wrapped her up as best they could for the night and Zach brought her home. The next morning we took her to the pet surgeon… did you know there was such a thing??? There, they gave us our options for her leg and we chose to have them reattach the joint and put her back to as close to normal as they could. The rest of her body was fine, almost untouched, her left rear leg sustained the only damage. We wanted her to have the most normal life we could give her.
It’s been six years since that accident and she is as normal a dog as I could ask for. She is still just as big a part of our family as she was when we got her; or even more so now. She’s like my first born kiddo.
She has always had very bad arthritis from her injury, especially during the cold winters. There are days when she doesn’t even use her leg at all. There have been times after full days of swimming that I’ve had to carry her to our camper to sleep for the night.
Two weeks ago, things got even more difficult for her. I’m not sure what happened, but we think that Zoie might have fallen on her, or pushed on her leg. Whatever happened, I know it was unintentional but something happened, and she’s in a lot of pain. She hasn’t put any weight on that leg for two weeks.
After two visits to the vet, three x-rays, and more pain meds than a dog should have their whole lives… we’ve decided that it is time for Ziva to have her leg amputated. It breaks my heart to have ‘given up’ on her living with her full body. But given the amount of pain she is in now and could be in for the rest of her life, living with only three legs is the best decision for her.
This is going to make her a better dog! I bet she’ll be even faster without it!