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Oshkosh Area Humane Society: Emergency Medical Grant Report

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Dr. Jim Ziegler of Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in New London saw Nova for a orthopedic exam on June 25, 2020. He was diagnosed with grade-3 luxating patellas in both legs. The grant money was used to pay $33 for the examination.

Surgery was done on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The grant money also covered his surgical costs totaling $935.28. There is a $31.72 balance after all expenses were paid.

Nova was able to have surgery to correct his double knee problem, which improved his gait, movement, and muscle tone. He is now able to walk and run without pain and he can now lie on his back, which he really loves to do! This dog cannot get enough belly rubs!

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Nova was transferred to Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) through the Tiny Paws Rescue in Western Wisconsin on May 29, 2020. He was originally owned by a military family, and they could no longer keep him. Nova is a 4-year-old male.

We were told he had a “bum hip” and swings his leg. It turned out that his knee was in very bad condition; it was thickened and had a luxating (dislocated) patella and was painful if manipulated. Nova had super wobbly kneecaps that affected his gait, movement, muscle tone, and overall comfort when moving.

Dr. Ziegler recommended that both knees be done at the same time to save the shelter some money and a dog needs an extensive recovery period from back-to-back knee surgeries. He recovered in a foster home.

Anna Engberg adopted Nova. In October 2020, she reported: “He is loving his new life! I kept his name. He gets so sassy and excited when it comes to treats. Some of his favorite things to do are to sun tan, go for walks, and get belly rubs. He loves to lounge around at birthday parties, the farms, mom’s deck, and at the beach. He is such a lady’s man and will do anything for attention. He just got some new kitty friends and is enjoying their company. Nova was truly the perfect fit for me! Thank you for letting me show him what love was again! He really is the happiest dog in the world.”

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