Dog Rescue Stories: Piper Needs Help So She Can Live A Pain Free Life

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor 
Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Niagara County, New York. Thei mission is simple: to provide foster homes for companion cats and dogs in need. They are strictly volunteer-based and rely on foster homes for they animals. They believe in the sentiment of no animal left behind and do their best to work with other rescue organizations to secure loving homes for all animals in need.
Piper was purchased from a local breeder in January of 2017 and at the time, certified by that breeder as healthy. She was surrendered to Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue in NY in July with severe hip dysplasia in both hips. The owners did not want to deal with a damaged dog that they had purchased as healthy, and that’s when the rescue’s volunteers stepped up.

Piper is just a puppy and in a tremendous pain. She’s much calmer than your typical Labrador Retriever, as her hips just can’t take the activity that you expect to see in her breed and age.On the recommendation of her veterinarian, Piper has undergone her first surgery. She went through Femoral Head Ostectomy or FHO. Diamonds in the Ruff can also do much more for her if they raise enough money. It may be recommended she have a secondary surgery as well.FHO is a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck from the femur. FHO surgery is performed to alleviate pain. It is a salvage procedure, reserved for condition where pain can not be alleviated in any other way.

Unlike most other hip surgeries, the head of the femur is not replaced, but is allowed to heal and develop its own fibrous scar tissue so that the joint is no longer bone-to-bone.In their mission to leave no pet behind, Diamonds in the Ruff also can’t leave a pet in pain when there is a solution to it.  They need help so that Piper can lead a long, happy, pain free life.

Follow Diamonds in the Ruff on Facebook @DITRWNY  and support Piper’s journey to a pain free life by clicking on her GoFundMePage Click here to support DITR Piper’s FHO Surgery organized by Kelly Naylor

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.