A Torn ACL (cruciate ligament) can't stop this surfing dog
We are so happy to see Bella doing so well after her recovery. Read Bella's inspirational story - sent to us from her mom!
Bella came to San Diego Bay Animal Hospital in September 2014, after tearing her right back knee at the dog park. Bella was only 15 months old! Hearing the news that Bella required surgery, my biggest concern was if she could have an active life for years to come? This weighed heavy on me. Would I make the right choice??
The hospital staff and Dr. Ferenstein did an excellent job explaining everything, even right down to the cost. I was very impressed with the service. In-fact, I had gone to other hospitals before coming here, and wasn’t pleased with [the] surgery process.
On October 23, 2014 Ms. Bella went in for surgery. Dr Ferenstein called me later that evening and told me Bella’s surgery went well. I was relieved. The tough part was yet to come. I won’t lie to you, it was hard on both of us. We were in this together. She needed me to help her heal. I live on a second floor apartment complex with no elevator. The plan was to leave her upstairs several days and let her heal.
At first, getting Bella up and down the stairs was difficult to manage, but we did it. For weeks, Bella could only go out for 5 minute walks, but that was more than enough time. She needed to rest. As time went on, Ms. Bella got stronger and her energy came back. It was amazing to see her hop on three legs so fast. In time, Bella was able to put pressure on all four legs.
As she healed, I would lay her on her back strengthening her legs, teaching her to kick my hands with her back feet. This exercise helped build the muscle tone back in her legs. One night, she kicked the recliner right to wall as hard as she could. “WOW! I guess the exercise paid off.”
I am happy to report today, Bella can do 30 laps in a large swimming pool in less than 30 minutes. AMAZING!
The best news was yet to come. Dr. Ferenstein released Bella to full health. Her leg had completely healed.
June 2015 – Bella was able to participate in a local surf completion and fun at Del Mar dog beach. Look at my little girl now! She can surf and balance on the white water waves. Bella is able to run, play and tackle at the dog park like all her other friends. Today, we walk 3 miles every day. Amazing, 1 year later. Most of all, she can surf and balance on a surf board, with a metal plate in her leg. Go-Bella-cuda!
Thank you San Diego Bay Animal Hospital, for making my surf doggy, Bella, all better. We are truly grateful!