Good news! Ella had her surgery today at the Shreveport vet hospital and came through the operation in good shape. The vet who performed the amputation, Dr. Keith Ratcliff, called me just before he took Ella into surgery for a pre-op update, and then one of his vet techs called me after the operation to let me know everything went well. We had some increased risk for the anesthesia because Ella is heart-worm positive, but as Dr. Ratcliff said, we had to get the leg removed first and we will have to treat the heartworm condition after she gets to Montana. He said Ella was also full of hookworms and tapeworms, so he began treating her for that and we will have to follow up when she gets here.
The information I had from yesterday was apparently not correct, because Dr. Ratcliff believes her leg is the result of trauma, not a birth defect ... and trauma that had never been treated. I can't even imagine.
Please vote for the ranch in the Shelter Challenge -- and you can vote every day! We're currently in third place, putting us on track to win $3,000 for the animals. Enter "Rolling Dog Ranch" and our state postal code, MT, for Montana, and it will bring up our listing.Vote in the Shelter Challenge here.
Last year we won $3,000 in the first round and then won the $20,000 Grand Prize in the second round, so your votes really do add up and make for a wonderful gift for the animals here.