Claudio is a handsome and friendly Mareema sheep dog. All he wants to do is to play, to run and to jump around with other dogs or people – it doesn’t matter to him. But he can’t.
Claudio is only 2 years old and he is suffering terribly with Hip Dysplasia. His enthusiasm for life overrides the pain from his hips for a few minutes, but then the pain breaks through and he is unable to walk properly, let alone run.
You can see the frustration in his eyes. He so badly wants to behave like all the other young dogs do, but it is just too painful.
Click below to watch Claudio’s story…
A local council officer brought Claudio to our Lonsdale Shelter. He had been left to wander the streets all alone. We don’t know for how long. No one to feed him, no one to love and care for him and most importantly no one to give him the veterinary care he so desperately needed.
It was obvious from the moment he came to us that Claudio had something wrong with him. He couldn’t walk properly. His back legs were on the verge of collapsing underneath him each time he took a step. It was heartbreaking to watch. And he did not like being touched around his hips – it was too painful.
X-rays showed major deterioration in both hip joints, the leg bones were not sitting in the hip joints properly – so every time he took a step it was bone rubbing against bone. Our experienced vet team soon realised the only hope for Claudio was for him to have a very specialised surgery done on both hip joints. This young boy desperately needs a double hip replacement.
This surgery is incredibly expensive. But given that Claudio is only 2 years old, the prognosis for his recovery is excellent and he deserves the chance to have a life, pain free.
Will you please help us to provide this desperately needed surgery for Claudio? I’m sure if he could, he would say “Thank you for giving me a chance to play and run again, pain free.”
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