Thomas' Urgent Surgery Appeal

Thomas the 9 month old cockerpoo needs your support to fund vital hip dysplasia surgery. This surgery will enable Thomas to live a happy life without pain and discomfort.

23rd January 2024

Thomas is a 9 month old cockerpoo who came to Oak Tree as his owner could sadly no longer provide the care he needed. He had clearly been well-loved and quickly settled into his foster home. His fosterer noticed Thomas occasionally limping even after minimal exercise so after chatting to our vets he was booked in for x-rays and to be assessed by an orthopaedic specialist.

After the X-ray, the extent of his problem became apparent, Thomas has hip dysplasia on both sides. The vet even commented, “It is remarkable that he copes so incredibly well.”

Caroline Yon, Oak Tree’s Head of Animal Welfare, explained “Hip dysplasia is a condition where the ball and socket of the hip joint develop abnormally leading to the ball not sitting properly within the socket. In the worst cases, it can lead to severe osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease and be incredibly painful. 

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition, so breeding must be carefully monitored to reduce the risk of it occurring. The Kennel Club and British Veterinary Association produce Estimated Breeding Values and hip scores to help select breeding stock that is less likely to suffer from hip dysplasia. With Thomas being so young, early diagnosis and treatment are key to help prevent long-term arthritis caused by the condition.”

Treatment options vary and initially, we thought Thomas may need a full hip replacement. After careful consultation, it was decided that Thomas would need a femoral head excision which costs approximately £900 per hip. This surgery will enable Thomas to live a happy life without pain and discomfort and is likely to be a success.

Please consider donating towards the cost of Thomas’ surgery and together we can give him the future he deserves…

Donate Today

If you would prefer to donate via the bank, please make cheques payable to 'Oak Tree Animals' Charity' or donate via your banking app (there are no admin fees if paid via your bank so we get 100% of your donation):

Account Number: 54102146 - Sort Code: 16-52-21

This is just one of the expensive veterinary bills that we’ll receive this month, but the team here at Oak Tree will do anything to ensure we give animals the help they require. Any surplus raised will go to help Thomas’ friends here at Oak Tree. 

Thomas' Urgent Surgery Appeal

Thomas' Urgent Surgery Appeal

Thomas' Urgent Surgery Appeal

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