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Update on Orson’s recovery

The surgeon continues to monitor him following the surgery to lengthen a bone in his leg. He’s been going in every four days. We’re hoping that with the progress he’s made, the check-ups can be cut back to once every two weeks.

He remains in private foster care with a Rancho Coastal Humane Society volunteer. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a foster volunteer, please Click Here.

Thank you for the donations you’ve made and the donations you continue to make to help give Orson the life he deserves. If you would like to donate to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society today, please Click Here.

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Even better than expected – Orson’s first follow up after surgery

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Yesterday we told you that Orson was going in for the first follow up after the surgery to stretch the bone in his right, front leg. This morning we took him to Veterinary Specialty Hospital where he saw Dr. Joshua Jackson, who performed the surgery.

Normally in this situation, the animal would be anesthetized for the exam x-rays, and adjustment.

Orson was a champ! He remained calm through the whole thing and we were able to load him up and return him to his foster care provider.

Above is a picture of Orson in the front yard of his foster home and below is one of Dr. Jackson examining him.

Here’s a video of him being picked up at his foster home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbc77FsObEI

A video of him going into the hospital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvLEjB5QTP8

And Dr. Jackson examining Orson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UNh6nnSkrY

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or click on the donate image below.

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Orson with Dr Jackson

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Thank you for helping us pay for Orson’s surgery!

Surgery is Over, Orson’s Recovery Has Begun

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Animal lovers in San Diego and across the country came together to raise funds to provide leg surgery for a dog named Orson. The operation that was performed today (Thursday) will stretch a bone in his right, front leg and allow him to walk normally. Most important, when his recovery is complete the pain that he’s suffered for most of his life will be gone.

Orson was abandoned by a freeway in Mexico when he was a puppy. He was rescued and eventually transferred to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas through the FOCAS program. Medical officials discovered that one of the bones in his lower, right, front leg was too short and the joint between the lower and upper leg was not formed properly. Because he was favoring the leg, it created more medical issues in his right, rear leg. Without surgery he would have been in pain for his whole life.

RCHS Medical Manager Justin Pool says, “He was adopted by a family that agreed to get him the surgery. They returned him several months later but the procedure had not been done.”

RCHS President Jim Silveira explains, “Our Medical fund was depleted after we recently accepted dozens of dogs and puppies rescued from commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. Many of them needed medical treatment. We were able to take care of them, but there wasn’t much left afterward.”

RCHS notified donors, volunteers, and the media. Donations began arriving. A donation from an animal lover in Texas combined with a discount from the Veterinary Surgeon provided enough to schedule the surgery.

Pool says, “The surgeon installed a device that will slowly stretch the bone. This process will continue when he leaves the hospital and goes into foster care, and possibly even when he’s adopted. For the first time in his life, Orson will be pain free.”

Orson is a two year old, 35 pound, male, English Setter mix. He gets along with other dogs, enjoys going for a ride in the car, and never misses an opportunity to sit on a lap.

The $145 adoption fee for Orson will include his surgery, medical exams, up to date vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip.

For more information or to make a donation to help Orson and the other dogs, cats, and rabbits call 760-753-6413, visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or click on the donate image below.

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The Calm…Before, During, and After the storm…for Pets

IMG_8801Strong winds and heavy rain this week are weakening fences, causing doors to expand due to the moisture, and breaking windows. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) is urging pet owners to inspect their properties to make sure the storm has not created “escape” routes for pets that are already frightened by the severe weather.

“This storm is expected to continue for a few days,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “We understand what’s happening and it’s still scary. Imagine how terrifying this is for our pets that aren’t used to this kind of weather.”

Van Zante is encouraging pet owners to inspect their homes to keep their pets safe.

  • Excessive rain and wind can weaken fences, making it easy for frightened pets to dig under fences or between posts that have been weakened by wet ground.
  • High humidity can cause doors to swell. Doors that normally close could remain ajar, making it easy for frightened or curious pets to push through.
  • Windows and frames damaged by high winds and flying debris can result in escape routes for pets and broken glass.

“After the storm has passed, we need to reassure pets that they’re safe,” says Van Zante. “Speak in a soothing voice and remember that pets can tell when you’re upset. You might wrap scared pets in a blanket or Thunder Shirts for reassurance. If you need to leave them alone, leave them in a secure area with something that smells like you. Even a shirt or blanket that smells like you can help keep them calm.”

Van Zante says to let frightened pets recover at their own paces. “Don’t force them to leave the places where they feel safe. Leave them under a bed, behind the couch, or in a closet. Coax them out with treats or affection. They will come out when they’re ready.”

For cats, many veterinary professionals recommend using a synthetic pheromone spray such as Feliway. It imitates the pheromone that a mother cat releases to her kittens, helping to calm frightened cats. It’s available at most pet supply stores.

For more information visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.