Missy GH-1191 LTF

Welcome to sweet 9-month old Missy, who was an owner surrender to GoldHeart on October 14. We were told she is a golden-retriever mix, and weighs in at just 37 pounds. Isn’t she adorable? Her family did not have her very long and decided they were not ready for a dog. We were told she had some potty-training issues and a limp, and unfortunately news from the Vet revealed bigger problems for this little lady.

While we are optimistic her medical issues can be addressed, it will take many months, so she is temporarily posted as a Long Term Foster (LTF) until such time that she is ready to look for a forever home. Her foster home is new to GoldHeart fostering, and has agreed to see Missy through months of vetting and rehab – How wonderful is that?

First, Missy is being treated for a UTI, and potty issues are resolving – yeah! She may have an ovarian cyst and could need a ultrasound in the next month or so, and then if the issue persists, her vet should be able to address during Spay surgery. We will have to wait and see. The worst news is Missy has hip dysplasia and a total hip replacement (THR) is recommended.  Cost for this procedure will easily reach $6K and we are now checking with several orthopedic/sports medicine practices, to determine where and at what age the surgery should occur. In the interim, she has started on joint support, probiotics, and a NSAID to help alleviate her pain and discomfort.

Once all consults are completed, and a specialty practice is selected, we will work with the foster home and vets to establish her treatment plan over the coming months.  We will be considering with her team if spay/cyst surgery or THR occurs first. Then rehab from the hip replacement takes approximately 6 weeks post-op. For the first 6-8 weeks after surgery, Missy will also need to be confined when left alone.

Despite the health challenges, Missy is a super sweet and loving girl. She loves her leash walk, hanging with other dogs and playing with all the toys in her foster home. Donations to support Missy’s extensive and very expensive life changing care will be appreciated. 


Donations to support Missy’s care and the Long Term Foster Program will be greatly appreciated. Please click on the donate button  — Thank you!


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