Poodle (Standard) / Newfoundland Dog / Mixed : : Male : : Young : : Medium
DOG LOCATION: Greater Toronto Area.
Brief recap for those that haven’t been keeping up with Sloan’s story. Sloan is an intentionally bred mutt. For some reason someone thought it would be a good idea to breed a newfoundland dog and a poodle together; two dogs with different body structures. A “Newfadoodle”, bred for profit, sold to lovely unsuspecting buyers, sold as “normal” when really he is an orthopaedic nightmare. The seller was aware he was unfit for sale, and yet sold him anyways to make a quick buck.
A few months ago, Sloan had hip surgery to correct a luxated right hind leg. He has severe hip dysplasia and his leg literally popped out of its socket, making every step excruciating. The surgery didn’t go as planned, as we intended to do a total hip replacement and create a fake metal joint, but instead, due to the terrible bone structure, we had to create a “muscle joint”. It's not ideal, but it fixed the problem of pain in his leg. We took it as a win.
Then to tackle his left hind. You see, his left hind has a deformed hip AND knee. It is terrible to look at, never mind walk on. It is also shorter than the other leg, meaning that Sloan has a very weird gait. As such, the plan was to do rehab - lots and lots of rehab. With the intention of getting Sloan’s right hind - the leg we fixed with surgery - strong enough that we could remove his left hind leg. Did amputation seem drastic? Well, at first. But our goal was to make Sloan pain free and functional. That left hind leg will never be normal. And so removing that leg seemed like the best option.
On to our rehab journey we went. Sloan goes twice weekly to a rehab specialist where he gets acupuncture and goes on the underwater treadmill (which he LOVES). He gets daily stretches at home and TENS machine muscle stimulation. He gets laser therapy and manual dry rehab on land too at work. And his right hind leg got stronger. It IS stronger. And that is good!
But his left front leg started to become an issue. He started to limp on it so we investigated. It turns out that not only is Sloan’s right hind leg deformed (which we fixed). And his left hind leg is deformed (which we intended to remove). But his left front shoulder is deformed as well. It means that of Sloan’s 4 legs only 1 is normal.
What does this mean for our boy? Well, after appointments with a Board Certified Surgeons, a Sports Medicine Specialist, arguably the best Orthopedic surgeon in Ontario and much discussion, the best plan is to stop with surgical intervention. To let Sloan live as he is now. Happy, goofy, funny, lovable and full of life!
Sloan is now ready for adoption. Ready to live with a family willing to care for him for the rest of his life. Care for him until his body fails him and he can't manage the pain. Love him and enjoy his crazy antics for as long as his body remains strong. This will mean added costs of pain medication and physio appointments, but he's worth it!
If you're interested in learning more about Sloan, please email us to start the conversation.
More about Sloan
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Somewhat vocal, Does Good in the Car, Requires a yard, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Likes to swim, Needs special care, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Even-tempered, Goofy
Special Needs: Requires ongoing physio and pain management.