Cricket was saved from slaughter late in 2014. We were uncertain if she could rehabilitate as not only was she very thin, but had been allegedly used in tripping/roping practices for low-end Mexican rodeos. After careful examination, it was determined she might be able to recover as nothing was broken in spite of a leg injury and some lameness issues. Cricket did, however, begin showing a recurring small abscess in her hip. Eventually she underwent surgery to remove what appeared to be a small bone chip or other foreign object.
Update: Cricket’s initial surgery was successful and she healed well after several weeks and only one minor set back. Two months later, the hip area began showing signs of a small sequestrum (a piece of dead bone tissue occurring within a diseased or injured bone) which did not heal. Surgical intervention was again needed and revealed a deep “abscessed” area. Cricket initially appeared to heal from the surgery, but the vet gave a 50-50 chance for permanent recovery. After a few months the wound re-appeared indicating the chronic and very deep infection with abscessing remained. Cricket was humanely euthanized as no more could be done for her.
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