Laura has been an Aanifeira resident for quite some years, we don’t really know her exact age but she is thought to be around 7-8 years of age. She is medium sized, has been spayed and is incredibly sweet natured.
A routine clinical examination in 2010 showed Laura’s right hind limb as having two nodular masses in the metatarsal area. As this was of concern, vet Claudia followed up with general blood tests and x-rays and it was decided that these two skin masses should be removed.
The surgery was performed but there was quite an extensive and deep wound in the area where the nodules were removed and follow-up treatment with daily cleaning and dressings was done.
Throughout all of this Laura’s health was excellent and she remained lively and always looked forward to her treatment time with the vets! The treatment was kept up continuously over the next few months and although that area was healing, unfortunately the phalanges started to protude from the rest of the paw area separating themselves from the tarsal bones and therefore very difficult to save.
Looking back Claudia wondered if it wouldn’t have been better to amputate the limb in the early stages but it was thought that a small operation would solve the problem.
Today, Laura’s future does not look so bright as Claudia has made a difficult decision to amputate her back right leg and although amputation is not such a setback, Laura’s life at Aanifeira in a box will be lonely. It is almost impossible to arrange artificial limbs for animals in Portugal and people are also not very receptive about wanting to adopt disabled dogs.
It is our hope that someone will fall in love with Laura and want to take her home to give her the special care and attention that she requires. For anyone wanting further information about Laura please contact international at aanifeira.pt (using the usual symbols of course) and we would be happy to provide details.