Franklin is a bright, affectionate, three-year-old Dachshund that lost the use of his back legs due to a condition known as thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease. Franklin badly needed surgery, but his owners were unable to afford the cost and opted to surrender him to a good Samaritan’s care instead.
Thanks to the generous donors to the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®, Dr. Britany Timberlake (pictured below) of Southeast Veterinary Hospital was able to coordinate with specialist Dr. G. Brad Mackenzieto get Franklin’s surgery. The practice also provided months of physical therapy, including walking him with a sling supporting his hind legs, exercising his legs manually, and providing hydrotherapy to build up his strength.
Staff knew that things were looking positive when he began to wag his tail again and they kept up the hard work. Now, after just over a month of physical therapy, Franklin has finally begun to walk again:
Through the AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, the Foundation provides veterinarians with a simple and effective way to offer charitable veterinary services to clients facing personal hardships as well as a means to support animals, like Franklin, that are in need of care. In addition, the AVMF also offers programs supporting animal welfare, education, research, and community service.
Photos and videos courtesy of Jessica Halleck, Southeast Veterinary Hospital (St. Augustine, FL)