We adopted a dog from a shelter two weeks ago. She’s a very friendly two-year old mutt (no one can seem to identify her breed). She also has a problem with her right front foot. She walks on her wrist (?) and most of the of her paw instead of on the pads of her paw. The people at the shelter told us that she had probably always had that deformity, and that she probably didn’t even notice it. They also assured us that some physical therapy would likely solve the problem
We adopted the dog, and scheduled an appointment with the vet for today. For the last two weeks, though, it’s become obvious that it does in fact hurt her. She has two worn places on her paw that bleed if not bandaged up. And toward the end of the day, she hobbles a great deal, and tries not to walk on the leg.
The vet told us that it was nerve damage, and likely fairly recent. The only thing that can be done for the dog is amputation.
Not pleasant, but it’s a small dog, and missing a foot likely won’t be a great hardship. But the procedure will cost $800.
We knew that when we were getting the dog that we were likely inheriting some vet bills with it. But $800?
So we’re in a quandary. Try to come up with $800 that we can’t really afford, or take her back to the shelter, where she will most likely be put to sleep. Our daughter would be heartbroken if we took her back, but $800!