Update: New X-rays Scheduled for Dixie


The Cedar Bend Humane Society wants to share another update on Dixie. Dixie is the black lab mix picked up on the side of the road in February by Black Hawk Animal Control after getting hit by a vehicle. At that time, she was unable to walk or stand. The Cedar Bend Humane Society took her to Companion Animal Clinic for an examination, and it was determined her pelvis was broken.

We sent a copy of the x-ray to a specialist in Des Moines who determined surgery would cost around $2,000. We made efforts to raise the money as soon as possible so there wouldn’t be any financial delay in getting the surgery done.

Thanks to so many wonderful supporters, we received more than enough donations to cover the cost of surgery for Dixie!

In early March, we transported Dixie to Des Moines for her consultation and surgery with Dr. Brent Reimer with Iowa Veterinary Referral Center (IVRC). After evaluating Dixie and taking additional x-rays, Dr. Reimer determined the pelvis was already forming a callus and the healing process was starting. Dr. Reimer said it would be in Dixie’s best interest not to undergo surgery as this injury would heal on its own. We were happy to receive his recommendation because this was good news for Dixie!

She was on crate rest to limit her mobility, and she was on pain and anti-inflammatory medications.

Now, Dixie is not doing as well as everyone initially hoped. As we scaled back Dixie’s pain medication, she appeared to still be in pain and limping badly. It’s possible Dixie re-injured herself or the injury isn’t healing as expected on its own.

We’ve scheduled another appointment with the specialist in Des Moines to get more x-rays and to re-evaluate the course of action for Dixie’s injury.

Dixie will continue to be monitored, and we hope to know more from updated recommendations soon.

Please continue to check our Facebook page and blog for more information.

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