Tula belongs to one of our amazing team members, Ashley. Ashley has been working at LVH for a very long time, and not only are we very lucky to have her, but any pet that she owns is also extremely lucky to have Ashley too. Ashley adopted Tula a few years ago, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Tula, unfortunately, has had some health issues along the way. Recently, she came in for complex surgery, and Ashley was there, right by her side for the entire thing. We are so grateful to Ashley for documenting this personal case, and for all the hard work she has done for LVH. We may be in the medical field, but we too, worry, care, and love in the same way as everyone else. We understand how stressful it is for you when your pets are sick. That is why we will always think of you and your pets as family.
Tula’s surgery, documented by Ashley…
“So today was a big day for Tula… since I brought her home as a poor sweet little rescue pup at 2.5 years old, she’s always had issues here and there. When I brought her home, she was recovering from Lyme Disease and stressed induced mange which left her with bald areas all over, and a thin hair coat in the areas that she did have hair. She’s also been diagnosed as extremely arthritic for her age. No doubt this is because she’s put more than normal stress on certain limbs due to compensating for previous injuries, and probably a few bad genes (since she’s a WHITE pitbull)”.
“Just recently she tore the cruciate in her right hind leg. This needed to be fixed ASAP, but since she had a previous injury to her left cruciate, putting an abnormal amount of weight to compensate for her right leg was rapidly proving it wasn’t strong enough to support a full recovery from surgery on only her right. Since cruciate repair surgery on one leg dramatically increases the risk for surgery on the opposite leg (even if they have no previous injury), I decided to go forward with a bilateral cruciate repair. Yes; surgery on both hind legs at the same time. It sounds drastic, but it’s better than having to put her through another rough surgery/recovery in the near future”.
So… today was the day.