Mygan arrived at D'Arcy's A.R.C. from a northern community in early March of 2016. Reports were made about a dog that had been hit by a truck six weeks earlier and was dragging a front paw. The fear was that Mygan had broken his leg. Although Mygan was owned, his owners were unable to afford or access the veterinary care Mygan required. Mygan had reported been hit by a truck once as a puppy as well and was known to roam the community, frequently fighting with other dogs for resources.
Mygan arrived at the A.R.C. with a limp, the top of his injured paw raw and oozing with blood from dragging on the ground for weeks as well as covered in old battle scars. Our first order of business was to get him to our veterinarians for an assessment of the leg. After an exam and some x-rays of the front leg, we discovered that the leg was not broken.
Rather Mygan had sustained neurological damage to the leg and had no feeling or control of his left front paw. After discussions with the veterinarians as well as consultations with a specialist, amputation of the leg was decided as the most likely course of action.
At a follow up appointment prior to amputation, a second round of x-rays revealed that Mygan has on old fracture in the pelvis that has healed. Mygan underwent six months of physiotherapy on his lame leg to assist his mobility. However, despite making gains awaking the nerves in the leg, he has not been able to regain the use of the paw. As a result the decision was made to do a full leg amputation at the shoulder in early November 2016.
Pet Secure has generously agreed to sponsor some of Mygan's veterinary bills.
Further donations to Mygan's care or other animals in the shelter can be made over the phone by calling 1-204-888-2266, in person or online via CanadaHelps. Donations over $10 are tax deductible.
See the update before his surgery at Birchwood Animal Hospital in November, 2016.