Brumley largely credits Putnam’s expertise in repairing Lou’s leg during the lengthy surgery.
“We reduced, pinned and plated the humerus,” Brumley said. The break was close to the elbow joint, which made the work more difficult.
Right now plates keep Lou’s elbow immobile but as he heals, the plates will come off, and Brumley hopes he will regain a normal range of motion in the joint.
The next challenge was keeping the 14-month-old dog calm while the bone healed. A donated Memory Foam bed has helped keep Lou comfortable, and he has stayed at the clinic while recovering.
“(Great Danes) grow so fast, an injury like that is hard to keep from re-injuring,” Perkins said.
The vet clinic has tried to keep costs for treating Lou low to help the dog rescue, and the group also is not being charged a daily hospitalization fee, Brumley said.
X-rays show that Lou’s leg is healing nicely, according to Brumley.
However, a post-operative urinalysis incidentally revealed that Lou’s heart is heavily infested with heartworms.
“It was devastating” learning about the heartworms, Brumley said, especially since Lou’s original vet said he was heartworm negative.
Heartworm treatment can be hard on a dog’s system, she said. Lou started pretreatment on Nov. 11, and full treatment will start Monday.
During the six-week course of medication, Lou must be kept calm and largely inactive since there is a danger of fatal clots as the adult worms die and become dislodged from the heart muscle.
The clinic is hoping to find a foster home to keep Lou while he’s being treated for heartworms, and after that, a permanent home for him.
But for now, Lou is content to hang out with the vets and staff at the clinic and cuddle with the foster kittens, Brumley said.
She hopes they can figure out a way to include Lou on the clinic’s float Saturday in the Richmond Christmas parade.
Perkins said that although several people have failed Lou in the past, she knows he has a bright future.
“He’s a lovey, he’s just very outgoing,” Perkins said. “He’s the star of the clinic.”
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at email@example.com or 624-6694.