Meet Panther, a 2-year-old Shepherd mix who has been patiently waiting to be pain-free. You see, Panther is haunted by an old injury.

Back in May of 2020, after noticing a significant limp, Panther was sent to our friends at Animal Medical Care for x-rays. The x-rays confirmed Panther is indeed carrying around the agony of an old fracture. A fracture that was not allowed to heal and an injury that only lives in Panther’s painful memories.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the HSNEGA medical team was preparing Panther’s plan of care. The pandemic, like it did for so many, put a halt on the plan for Panther’s pain-free future.

In June of 2020, the HSNEGA Medical Team, with help from Hemlock Animal Hospital, performed a surgery called FHO (Femoral Head Osteotomy), where they removed the head of his femur that bore the old fracture.

After months of RNR, TLC, physical therapy, you name it, in foster care, Panther continued to show signs of pain and discomfort… Refusing to put pressure on his injured leg.

After consulting a specialist, it was determined that Panther is going to need a second surgery to remove more of the bone from his femur. On  Thursday, January 21, 2021, board-certified surgeon Dr. Morrison performed the surgery, removing more bone from his femur.

We are happy to report Panther’s surgery went great! It’s now time for Panther to recover. He will have around 6-8 weeks of very specific physical therapy that will be performed by the Medical Team with the help of trained volunteers. Therapy will start the last week of January (approximately one week after his surgery to give him time to recover).

Once physical therapy is completed and HSNEGA’s Medical Team is confident and comfortable with his muscle mass and posture, he will be available for adoption.

Will you help watch over Panter on his journey to a pain-free life as his Adoption Angel? By making a gift to Panther, you ensure he will get the care he needs until he finds a forever home.

You can see Panther’s back foot is curled under due to not wanting to put pressure on it.
Panther’s injured right hind leg has significantly less muscle mass from lack of use.

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