EDMOND — A dog named Callie was taken last summer to Gentle Veterinary Care in Edmond and has become more than the typical patient to technician Skyler Moore.
The tiny Chihuahua mix was brought in by a rescue agency that saved the dog from its previous owner. Callie was suffering from necrosis on her back feet and parts of her tail. One foot fell off and the other had to be amputated by veterinarian Chris Rispoli.
Callie now needs prosthetic feet to walk normally, and Moore is raising money for the procedure.
“In 15 years this is probably only the second time I've seen anything like this,” Rispoli said. Necrosis is the premature death of cells in living tissue.
“She was playing a lot, she was a happy puppy,” said Moore, who ended up taking Callie home with her. “I thought that was amazing. At that point I just fell in love with her and I was afraid if she ended up with anyone else she wouldn't get the care she needed. It's going to be a long road.”
Callie's back feet are gone and one leg is shorter than the other, causing problems with her gait. To fix the problem, Callie will need prosthetic feet for her hind legs.
“Long-term prosthetics are the best option,” Rispoli said. “Right now she's walking on nubs because her feet are gone. We want to see that evened out because she will eventually develop back problems.”