Lots of naps cuddling next to their human, chasing lizards while exploring the backyard and a never ending supply of treats are some of the things a new puppy should be experiencing during their first year. For Primrose the English bulldog, life played out a bit differently. She suffered through mange which her human family attempted to treat unsuccessfully at home. She also had painful hip dysplasia and finally was given up to Rescue Ohio English Bulldogs (ROEB). All before celebrating her first birthday.
It’s not the ideal life for a puppy, but watching the way Primrose runs around with excessive energy giving so much love to the humans she now interacts with, you would never be able to guess the extent of what she’s been through. “She is funny, likes to mimic other bulldogs, lets you groom her like a princess, and will make sure to make the ‘bulldog roadblock’ if she thinks you have a treat,” Julie Kemesky of ROEB stated.
After her owners surrendered her, ROEB took Primrose to be examined and noticed she had severe chemical burns from the “at home” attempt of treating her mange with Borax. There was also a noticeable luxation of both hips. X-rays were taken revealing Primrose had hip dysplasia.
ROEB immediately treated the chemical burns and mange while Primrose was being evaluated for Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) surgery for both hips which would relieve the pain from her hip dysplasia. It was determined Primrose needed FHO surgery on both hips.
This didn’t seem to discourage Primrose one bit. Throughout all of the examinations, poking and prodding, Primrose continued to wag her tail and share kisses with her new human friends. She had overcome so much already, and with the FHO surgery, ROEB knew she would have the opportunity for a full, healthy life. Already spending their funds on treating the mange and chemical burns, ROEB reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) for financial assistance toward Primrose’s FHO surgery.
Primrose has such a happiness for life, and everyone who encountered her couldn’t help but rally around her chubby body. After lining up a foster home and receiving the grant from ISF, Primrose had a chance to be young, healthy and pain-free. Unfortunately the mange came back and set the surgery back. While treating the mange, the foster family reported Primrose showed no signs of limping or discomfort. After another visit to the pet hospital, the vet recommended to wait once again and see if Primrose would actually need to have the surgery as it could have set off another vicious bout of mange.
REOB decided to hold off on the FHO surgery all together and use ISF’s grant money to go toward the mange flare up. After this, Primrose’s foster family stepped forward and asked to adopt Primrose into their home permanently. Finally, Primrose was going to be a happy, healthy, and pain free puppy living life to the fullest in her forever home.
Written by Whitney Norton
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