Welcome in, Cooper! Sadly, Cooper’s owner passed away from COVID last summer and while a family member stepped up to offer him a home, they have found that they are not a match and unable to meet all his needs. More specially, Cooper has significant orthopedic issues that will need surgical repair that they were unable to provide for him. Cooper is only 2 years old and while he should be ripping and roaring and having fun, he can barely get around 💔 We absolutely can not wait to give him his mobility back and truly give him a new lease on life.
Sweet, handsome Cooper just arrived here in Birmingham, Alabama, where our wonderful orthopedic surgeon is, and where he will be fostered. We will give you an update on his intake vetting later this week 💜
UPDATE September 7, 2021; Super Cooper had a great vet recheck today in Birmingham, Alabama 💜 The terrible ear infections that he arrived in with are now all clear and as a result his WBC is back down to normal. All his labwork looks perfect 👌🏻 He is also down 4 much needed pounds from 32 to 28 👏🏼
Next stop - his consultation next week with our orthopedic surgeon so we can learn more about his orthopedic issues and figure out a plan to give this sweet 2 year old his mobility and freedom back 🙏🏻
UPDATE September 14, 2021; Today, 2 year old Super Cooper meets with our wonderful orthopedic surgeon 🦴 here in Birmingham, Alabama so we can try to make sense of all of this ⤵️ His radiographs are a mess showing issues at both the hip and patella. We can also see hardware from a previous surgery that we were told occurred when he was less than a year old but the pin placement has us scratching our heads 🧐 We are eager to learn more today and to devise a plan 📝 for how we can best help him 💜 We will post more when we know more! sweet 2 year old his mobility and freedom back 🙏🏻
UPDATE September 19, 2021; On Tuesday, handsome super Cooper met with our wonderful orthopedic surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama to discuss his severe orthopedic issues and formulate a plan to give 2 year old Cooper more mobility and comfort back.
We were told Cooper underwent right knee stabilization surgery when he was less than a year old which radiographs confirm, however some of the hardware has since migrated. At this time the right knee is still stable and the location of the migrated pins is not a problem. If they continue to move they could pose a problem and would need to be surgically removed.
His left knee has a grade 4 luxation meaning that it is completely out of place and cannot be manipulated back in. He has absolutely no support or stability on this leg. He needs surgical repair and is scheduled for left knee stabilization surgery on October 5th!
Additionally, Cooper does have hip dysplasia but we feel hopeful that repairing his knee and therefore adjusting his gait will help tremendously as will his significant weight loss. We will further assess his hips and non-surgical therapies to help support him once his other knee is repaired.
We are very eager for Cooper’s life changing surgery and getting him on the road to recovery!
UPDATE OCTOBER 6, 2021: Yesterday super Cooper underwent a successful left knee stabilization surgery here in Birmingham, Alabama and today he was able to be discharged 💜 His trochlear groove was found to be severely inadequate so it was deepened and widened and then the tibial tuberosity which was medially displaced was then transposed with pins and wire. His CCL (canine ACL) was found to be still intact 🙌🏼
Cooper has 6 weeks of crate rest ahead of him but is expected to have a wonderful outcome! He’s now back in his foster home resting and recovering ❤️🩹
UPDATE NOVEMBER 13, 2021: Cooper has a recheck next week and is expected to start the physical rehab to get him back to 100% mobility. In the meantime, he and his foster brother are getting ready for the Holidays!
UPDATE NOVEMBER 18, 2021: Super Cooper (ruby) in Birmingham, Alabama had knee stabilization surgery 6 weeks ago and has been on strict crate rest since, but look who just got cleared for short leashed walks 👀 After being such a trooper during his recovery, Cooper is definitely ready to GO 🟢 and seems to be feeling great! 💕 His permitted activity will ramp up over the next month and then come January… full freedom! 🙌🏼
2 year old Cooper had limited mobility going into surgery so it’s amazing to see him moving so well even this early in his rehabilitation. Loosing nearly 10 much needed pounds has really helped him too 💜 Go, Coop, go, the sky’s the limit!