Sakari came in to us almost 7 weeks ago after being hit by a car. She had a shattered pelvis, broken hips and a broken leg. She's had two major surgeries since then by our orthopedic specialist. He first set her pelvis with pins immediately, and then did a femoral head osteotomy two weeks later to stabilize her hips. She has had a splint on her broken leg as well. Throughout this all, she has been a complete doll, allowing numerous bandage changes without any protest. We've kept her pain free with meds and the nature of her injuries kept her pretty inactive other than to shift positions.
We can tell she is feeling better as she is getting more active and now is actively asking us to go outside to eliminate rather than do so in her pen. In fact, going outside and getting some fresh air is her favorite thing to do. She is a pro at hopping out of her pen and waiting by the door while we put on her boot (needed to keep her splint clean and dry). If you ask her if she wants to go out, her tail just starts spinning. We have to keep her quiet, still, so she is in a little fenced area right outside of her pen, but it is still great for her mental health to be able to get some fresh air.
We did have her leg xrayed this week and it is healing, albeit very slowly. The calcification is not where it needs to be yet, so she will need to keep the splint on for at least a few more weeks. She was suppose to get her pelvis and hips xrayed this week to see where we are there, but our ortho specialist is shut down for a bit due to the Covid situation. It does not change our treatment of her-still rest with limited activity for a few more weeks. We will do water therapy with her once we get the OK, but given she still has a splint, that will not happen for a few more weeks as well. So we are just staying the course with her, but it is obvious, from her now playing with toys and asking to go out often, that she is feeling better. Hopefully her journey to health is heading to it's final few weeks.
Thank you all for your support. We could not have done all we have done for her without all your donations. We still have a ways to go with rehab and therapy, but her future looks very bright! Sakari says thank you to all who are wishing her well.
Sakari had to have FHO (femoral head osteotomy) surgery. By removing the head of the femur, she no longer has bone on bone contact so she will be able to move that leg better. Once she is healed, we will get her some underwater tread mill therapy. She will also need to have several teeth removed that are broken. One step at a time.
This is Sakari's X-ray after her first surgery. You can see where the pins are holding the pelvis together. The pins also brought the femur into a good position. It originally looked the the other side.
We were asked by one of our shelter partners to help with a beautiful 4 ½ year old Siberian who was hit by a car and immobile by the side of the road when a good Samaritan found her and called animal control. Sakari, as she was named, was badly injured and in intense pain, but not once did she lash out at her rescuers. She accepted being handled and moved and never went to bite. Xrays showed a severely broken pelvis, broken hips and a deep laceration on her leg. The shelter kept her pain free and took phenomenal care of her until we could come get her. A few days after she arrived in our care, she had the first surgery to fix her pelvis. Our orthopedic surgeon felt it was too much to repair her hips at the same time and focused first on the most critical-her pelvis. Her right side took the brunt of the blow and we found out through more xrays she had a fracture in the back right leg as well. He said it was a very hard hit and she is lucky to have survived it. The first surgery went well-the pelvis is pinned and her leg was splinted. Down the road when she has more strength and recovered a bit we’ll address the hips. With her pelvis set, she should be more comfortable soon.
Sakari is such a doll. Despite her obvious discomfort, she still thumps her tail when you pet her-she just loves her humans. She looks at you with these deep soul filled eyes and you can see the trust. She knows we are here to help, even when helping might cause her some pain during bandage or bedding changes.
Sakari’s surgery was over $5,000.00 and we have more to go. Due to the extensive injuries, she required an orthopedic specialist for surgery and follow up care. Thank you to the entire staff at Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital for taking such wonderful care of our girl.
If you can donate to help defray our mounting medical bills for our little girl, it would be much appreciated. Thank you for your support!