Diesel was brought to NASAP in 2008 as a puppy and was quickly adopted. Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, they were unable to keep him, so he was returned to NASAP at 14 months of age in 2009. It was observed while Diesel was in our care that he had some problems with stairs and  that the muscle mass on his hips were not well developed and when touched in the hip area he seemed to have discomfort. Diesel was taken into Towne Centre Veterinary Clinic in Edmonton for examination and x rays. The vet diagnosed him with Canine Hip Dysplasia in both hips which was determined to be severe and Canine Cruciate Ligament Injury in his right front knee. We were told that the Ligament Injury may have been caused from the Hip Dysplasia. Usually when a dog has a ligament injury you find that the dog will not put their weight on their injury leg; Diesel cannot do this as he needs to compensate for the back hips and shifts most of his weight to his front legs and in doing this the vet feels that this may have caused the ligament injury. 

NASAP was given the option of surgery, but we were told by the vet that with such a large dog and the severity of the hip dysplasia, the surgery cannot guarantee to give him any real improvements in his condition. Because of his medical problems, the vet determined that Diesel is not adoptable. Instead of putting Diesel through 3 operations and a long recovery period with no guarantee that his condition would improve, NASAP then decided to place him in permanent care and to give him a place to live and be cared for, loved and cherished at this time. Diesel is currently receiving medication for pain management, special food for mobility problems, supplements and is currently undergoing acupuncture treatment in hopes to help with pain management and mobility issues. Diesel is an awe inspiring dog! He is a gentle, intelligent boy who just loves to talk, play, cuddle and just hang out with his people both human and furry.  But this wonderful, fun loving boy fooled us all and remained healthy and happy for over 7 years!! 

Unfortunately, in October 2016, Diesel was diagnosed with a total tear to his right back leg ligament which is putting too much pressure on his hips, and needed surgery to repair this. We have consulted with two different vets concerning his ligament problems and quality of life post surgery; both vets recommended that we have the tear repaired and that he can still have a long and happy life ahead. So, in December 2016 Diesel had cruciate ligament surgery at Guardian Veterinary Centre; Edmonton Specialty & Emergency Clinics! His recovery was a long road but he did amazing, remaining happy and energetic for each step! Today he is thriving and loving life running free with his sisters and chewing on his favourite toy - a cast iron frying pan!!