When I heard the name Dexter, I pictured a white dress shirt with a loaded pocket-protector and black-rim glasses not a 70 pound Pit Bull insistant on giving sloppy, wet kisses. Dexter was a big, young boy - very solid and muscular but he obviously had injured his left front leg. He couldn't use or move it properly and the paw was swollen and infected from dragging on the ground. The muscles of the shoulder and upper arm were atrophied suggesting nerve damage of long duration.

Dexter was a young, intact male Pit with a leg requiring amputation who was surrendered to a humane society. Not a good thing. Typically a no-win situation for most dogs but Dexter was at Willamette Humane Society where a veterinary medical and surgical rescue option could provide extensive treatment for him. THE LAST CHANCE CLUB was Dexter's option and help him it did.

Dexter's case was anything but routine and if a complication could occur, it did. His amputation and neuter surgeries lasted four hours. Pit Bull anatomy should follow the standard canine blue-print, but not Dexter's. Coupled with avulsion (pulling) damage to the brachial plexus (arm pit area) and a distal humeral bone fracture right through the radial nerve, his leg was literally a "mess" or more professionally termed a " real surgical challenge". But he wasn't done yet with pushing the limits. Chest bandages to help control post-op swelling, nine rechecks for suture line complications, draining the recurrent seroma (fluid collection) and even another brief surgery to resuture a dehiscence ( opening) of the suture line all occurred. Through it all, Dexter gave big, wet, sloppy kisses. Finally, six weeks later, he healed. Kudos to the Turners, his post-op foster care-givers - you rock.

Dexter had his "Last Chance" and now was ready for a new life. He stole the heart of his new adoptive "Dad" and patrols home on three still ready with the "wet ones". He has been known to sport a white T-shirt but black way.

Want to help with cases like these? Help your local Shelter establish a medical rescue fund. Volunteer to do foster cases.

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