A Siberian husky puppy, with severe leg deformities, is showing everyone that being different is no reason to slow down. In fact the eight-week-old pooch, rescued by the Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago, is just one adorable bundle of puppy energy who loves people, treats and toys.
The puppy, now named Possum, was surrendered by her breeder to a local, open access shelter on Thursday. Thorough examinations by the pup’s primary veterinarian, radiologist and orthopedic surgeons, show the pup has reverse tibial abnormalities in both of her rear legs – translated to mean her long bones are backwards. It is suspected that Possum might be a dwarf; a congenital issue that will keep her small in size. No surgical intervention is recommended, but the good news is her hips and spine are in normal position.
In addition, Possum is polydactyl which means she has extra toes on her reversed hind legs. At this point, the veterinary staff will monitor her growth and development, but as long as she is easily mobile, pain free and happy, the rescue organization will concentrate on her social, confidence and skill development. She will receive physical therapy, hydrotherapy and chiropractic care to help build her core strength to support her joints, muscles and limbs.
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UPDATE 3/8/18: Possum… Differently Abled and Adorable!After speaking with 8 week old Possum’s primary Vet, Radiologist, and Orthopedic Surgeon, we have come up with the following…X-rays showed that Possum has reverse tibial abnormalities in both rear legs. Her long bones are essentially backwards. Radiology thinks it’s possible that Possum is a true dwarf, which is a congenital issue that will keep her small in size. Orthopedics thinks that her bones are already severely affected by their abnormalities so any surgical interventions would likely not repair the deformities. The good news is that x-rays of Possum’s hips and spine looked great.As you can see in the photos and video, Possum is Polydactyl. This just means that she has some extra toes on her differently abled hind legs. Since they are not causing her any discomfort, we have chosen to leave them alone and steer away from surgery.At this point, it seems like the best option is to just keep monitoring Possum’s growth and development as she continues to age. As of now, Possum can easily get around, play and is pain free. Doing procedures that would take that away from her just doesn’t make any sense right now. Possum needs to be around other dogs, puppies and people to build up her confidence and learn valuable social skills.What we do believe is that physical therapy, hydrotherapy and chiropractic care will help build up her core strength and continue to provide support to her joints, muscles and limbs. This specialized care can also help Possum improve her balance and coordination!Possum is going to need a home that understands all that will go into her care for the rest of her life. It's going to require time and dedication, and this puppy deserves it!Fortunately, TAF has already received so many adoption applications for Possum and we are currently working on finding the best fit for Possum’s future needs.Possum is still at the vet and will coming back into our care this Saturday… we will be sure to keep you posted!March 7, 2018:8 Week Old Possum Has Some Anatomy Defying Back Legs…Yesterday TAF introduced you to an 8 week old Husky puppy now named Possum. She was surrendered to a local open access shelter when the breeder was unable to find a home for her. TAF was contacted as the puppy has some back leg deformities and needed immediate medical attention. TAF rushed Possum up to our most trusted and experienced Vet last night. Her exam was all normal other than her obvious leg deformities. To begin to figure out what exactly was causing her to have such an abnormal hind end gait, several x-rays were taken with different views to piece together her skeletal system. The initial obvious finding is that Possum has reverse tibial abnormalities in both rear legs. Her long bones are essentially backwards. Possum’s other x-rays were all actually normal so we can initially rule out hip and back issues. As you can see in a few of the photos, Possum is Polydactyl. At this stage, Possum's extra sets of toes are the least of our concerns right now. Possum’s Vet is consulting with both Radiology and Orthopedic Surgery as they review her x-rays to determine if there are any further concerns, and if there are any treatment options. As always, TAF’s biggest concern is for Possum’s quality of life. She can get around just fine, can go to the bathroom, etc…she has no idea there is anything wrong with her legs. She also does not appear to be in any pain whatsoever. We just need to know what her future looks like as she continues to grow into a large dog.We will be posting an updated video of Possum walking, too. This way you will better be able to see what we are talking about.We will continue to keep you posted on Possum's medical condition!
Posted by Trio Animal Foundation on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
The Trio Foundation has received many adoption applications for Possum, but anyone interested in giving this adorable pooch a home, must understand she will need specialized care for her entire life which requires time and dedication.
To help please click here and read more about the Trio Foundation and the fine work they do providing medical care for homeless dogs.
(Photos and video supplied by Trio Foundation)
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