Therapy dog Vlady gets surgery thanks to donations

Medford, Ore. — The therapy dog that captured hearts around the Rogue Valley is recovering tonight.

NBC5 News first told you about Vlady in November, when his adoptive family learned of an old fracture that never healed correctly, and began causing an infection. The special surgery was too expensive for the family to afford, but just hours after we shared their story, viewer donations helped them cover the cost.

On Thursday, Vlady received that life-saving surgery, and NBC5 News went inside the operating room.

“Provided that we’re able to find what’s causing all of this- which can sometimes be like trying to find a needle in the haystack.- if we can get that, remove it, get him on appropriate antibiotics get that portion of bone to heal he should do just fine,” Steve Ferreira, DVM, ACVS, of Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center says.

After a CT scan and some pre-op prep, Vlady is off to the OR.

It looks like there may be some dead bone in there and that’s creating this constant drainage and soreness and infection,” Dr. Ferreira says.

Once inside, a little exploration by Dr. Steve Ferreira confirms that suspicion. Alhough it will likely take weeks for Vlady to heal completely, his doc says he’s well on his way to a full recovery, thanks in big part to you.

“Complete strangers are helping out these people, Vladimir’s people, and it’s for a good cause and we’re just happy to help,” Dr. Ferreira says.

Vlady will stay at the hospital overnight, but his family should be able to pick him up Friday. We’ll continue to keep you updated as he recovers.


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