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Gigi Black Labrador Retriever Wantagh, NY

  • Puppy
  • Female
  • Medium
  • Black

About

Characteristics
Friendly, Affectionate, Playful, Smart, Funny, Loves kisses, Couch potato, Lovable
Coat length
Short
Health
Vaccinations up to date, special needs.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, cats, children.
Adoption fee
$375.00

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Meet Gigi

Road to Home was contacted for help when Gigi's owner had let her run loose and she was hit by a car. The owner refused to get her medical treatment, and one of the neighbors contacted us. We were able to get him to relinquish Gigi, and get her immediately to the vet to be seen. Fortunately there were no broken bones or so we were told, and Gigi was treated. Shortly thereafter, we were advised that Gigi had a a prolapsed rectum, which we were told was repaired only to find out it happened a second time, and was since repaired. Gigi then tested positive for Parvo, and being the fighter she has been made it through and overcame it. As a result, Gigi had to stay at the Idaho vet for an additional 4 weeks in boarding while shedding the virus. Road to home was not in a position to take on any more medical because we are literally drowning, but there was no way that we would turn our back on her. Once we were told Gigi was healthy and ready to take her freedom ride to NY, we got her on a private transport and she arrived yesterday to her foster home.

Shortly after being at the foster home, we were advised that there was something very wrong with her. She was in good spirits, but her backside was drooping from the middle of her spine to her back legs and she was essentially bouncing or bunny hopping to move around on her legs. On top of that Gigi was displaying no bladder control. We immediately got Gigi to one of our vets and had a full work up done. We were advised that It appears to be a fracture and we should see Dr Barone at VMCLI. The damage that was done , and was never relayed to us, apparently healed incorrectly. This morning Gigi is at the vmcli and we are waiting for further testing. We were committed to do everything possible to keep Gigi safe and healthy.

Update 2: Gigi is now 6 months of age and has made phenominal progress. She can run, jump, play and go for walks. She also appears to be able to hold her bladder in longer allowing her more time out of the diaper while indoors and of course does not need it while outdoors. She is your typical goofy fun loving lab and just needs someone to give her a chance at a happy life.

Update 1: We were told that it seems that Gigi had spinal fractures, which were never addressed. She is severely muscle atrophied in her lumbar spine and pelvic limbs. Yesterday morning Gigi had her an MRI, with additional radiographs, so it could be determined if there would be any surgical fix. The MRI showed multiple fractures in the spine that do not appear to be unstable or compressive of the spinal cord. There does appear to be scarring, from the initial injury at the level of L4-5 that likely is the cause for her continued weakness and incontinence. Gigi also has significant atrophy of the muscles of her pelvic limbs that are restricting her ability to extend those joints. The neurologist said it was almost like a stroke to the spinal cord. There is no surgical option to resolve her neurological status at this time, but aggressive physical therapy should help to reverse some of the contracture and improve muscle tone which could help with her ambulation and prevent worsening as she ages and grows. A regular schedule of bladder expression should help to resolve most of her urinary incontinence, and her fecal incontinence can be managed in a diaper. With ALL of this said, the Drs feel that Gigi is not painful and could live a happy life. Everyone at the hospital fell in love with this little girl, who despite all that she has endured, is so happy and full of kisses! Gigi has since started physical therapy where she will either continue here on Long Island or with her new Foster or Foster to Adopt Family. Gigi is so ready for that special person to welcome her into her forever home. Gigi is a 4 1/2 month old female lab who is UTD and will be spayed when age appropriate.
Gigi is determined, and so are we. She will be able to live out a long life and although she may not be physically perfect, she is perfect in every other way! ???

Our rescue will continue to pay for Gigi's PT as long as its required for her. She will also be in diapers

If you are interested in fostering to adopt or to adopt please complete an application on our site at www.rthrs.com.

Gigi is currently on Long Island, NY

Available w/transport in NY/NJ/CT/PA

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  • Female