Monday, 12 July 2010

All Creatures - Great and Small...

A passionate advocate for animals, Airline Ambassadors volunteer Kathy Casper has five dogs of her own. When she went to Haiti on an AAI humanitarian mission she met "Spy", a young Rottweiller owned by Gael Antoine, AAI's Haiti Logistics Director. Spy had been hit by a car, which had shattered the bone in his hind leg. Fearing the leg would have to be amputated, Kathy took the dog back to the US for treatment, paying the $150 in airline charges...This is her report back:

Just got home. Spy met with two doctors and one of the best orthopedic surgeons and had x-rays. Surprisingly, the advice was that the leg is healing nicely, and that surgery was unnecessary. He will walk with a limp because a pin is not an option as his bone was shattered, but new cartilage and bone is growing back. However, the dog is in no pain at all. They had him on an IV with antibiotics and a list of other things for two days and he is ready to go home to Haiti.

We also did all the vaccines, so he is good to go. He has been a good patient and everyone loves him. Now I have to work on getting him back home. Ideally, it would have been great to have an x-ray machine in Haiti, but we certainly would not have gotten an expert orthopedic dog surgeon to work on Spy, so at the end of the day, Spy is a healthier dog.

Kathy Casper
AAI Volunteer


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