We have been giving Abbey
Synovial-Flexx Soft Chews to help with her joint function. She has greatly
improved since I started this page. She now is able to jump on the sofa, instead
of one step at a time. She also runs and shows no sign of pain. Her strength has
improved in her legs and she seems very normal and healthy.
At this point we plan to have her
re-evaluated and x-rayed to see what changes, if any have happened. We suspect
that she still has the bad joints and at some point will require a replacement.
We can't see putting her though this operation when she's not showing signs of
So the operation is on hold at
this point. The money collected and held by the Vet will be used when she needs
the operation We'll know more after she gets re-evaluated!
Abbey is our Labradoodle which we bought from
a Breeder in Georgia and had her shipped to us in St. Pete Florida a little over
a year ago. She's been a wonderful dog and has become a true member of our
family. She's funny, goofy at times and very smart, but Abbey has a problem. She
has severe Hip Dysplasia. Our dog groomer noticed that she didn't seem right and
we noticed what seemed to be a lack of strength in her hind legs. We took her to
our vet and they X-rayed her hips. We saw the X-rays which showed she has no
sockets for the ball of her hip to fit into. Abbey will need surgery! Right now
she seemed to get around ok, but lays down after short walks. We suspect pain in
her hip joints, as our vet said that constant rubbing without a socket will
cause her pain.
The following is Abbey's story and the
wonderful organization that helps Labradoodle's with problems like Abbey has.
Corrective surgery is expensive, but when you have a wonderful pet like Abbey
you want to do all you can to help her have a better life.
Vinnie made this video about
Click the link to you tube.. after you click to watch the video
The following is a letter that Vinnie sent to
family and friends....De
Dear Family and Friends,
Most of you know about Abbey, our Labradoodle, and her medical problems. For those who don’t, we found out in June that Abbey has severe hip dysplasia. She has no hip sockets at all. Well, most of her story is on her page. She needs surgery. FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy); they remove the femoral and neck head of her femur to alleviate pain, or THR (Total Hip Replacement), which is basically the same as they do for people, titanium replacements to her hip joints.
At the time we had the consultation with the Orthopedic Vet surgeon in June, Abbey wasn’t showing any signs of pain and the decision was to wait until that happened before moving forward. That time is now here.
About a month ago we had Abbey and Rajee at the Saturday Morning Market……they both love being out and about. About half way through, Abbey just laid down……she gave up, she was in pain. As we left that day, we happened upon a couple with 3 Labradoodles. God places Angels in our paths. They happened to be a local breeder, Mark & Karen Stanford of Tampa Bay Australian Labradoodles. The asked about Abbey and I told them about her hips. Mark gave me his card, and told me to get on the Internet and go to the Doodle Zoo, and on there was a link to the Doodle Messenger.
That is where Abbey’s page is. I filled out an application and after the board met and they confirmed Abbey’s story, they told us they would publish Abbey’s story on the Doodle Messenger. For the past several weeks I’ve been working with Dr Judith LaVorgna, the contact person. She’s my Angel #2. We had to find a Vet who would agree to accept and hold donations until it was time for Abbey to have her surgery. My long time Vet, Dr. John McLemore and his staff have agreed to do this (another Angel!).
I ran into another Angel today! Abbey & Rajee went to the Spa (groomer) today. Peggy, who has been bathing and grooming my dogs for over 15 years gave me a very strong recommendation to use UFL Veterinary school in Gainesville. I’ve been back and forth about where/who to take Abbey for surgery. Peggy lost her own baby last year to cancer, but told me she had the utmost faith in the school.
Okay, I’m rambling…….I don’t what to say, or when to stop. So I’m sending some links.
Please read about them, they are a wonderful non-profit organization. And on the left hand side of their page, you’ll find a link to Abbey’s page.
Mom, Amy….you ask what Cube and I would like for Christmas. We don’t need anything. But we do need is our Abbey. Rather than buy us, if you would make a small donation for Abbey through Dr McLemore, well, that would be the best Christmas present we can think of.
All donations are anonymous. We’ll never know how much Abbey has until it’s time for her surgery. At that time, Dr McLemore will make out a check to the surgeon.
Thanks for listening guys. I don’t know how to write (as you’ll see when you read Abbey’s story! LOL). If you can spare a dollar or two to be donated towards Abbey’s care…it would be wonderful. I know times are tough these days. Please keep Abbey in your prayers….those who have met her know she’s such a sweetie!
If you would like to donate to the Abbey
Doodle fund to help with her surgery, you can send a check to the address below
and please mark the check as a donation for Abbey The Labradoodle.
All donations are anonymous.
Primary Veterinarian Information: The link is
for Dr. John McLemore recondition on the Doodle Messenger Web Site.