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1 year old Benji and his family are trying to raise money so that he can have surgery to correct his luxating patellas.

Benji is my 1 year old Pit Bull mix who is in need of surgery to correct his back legs. Benji was diagnosed with luxating patellas back in April. (Luxating patellas, can cause quite a bit of pain and lameness. This happens when the kneecap (or patella) dislocates (or luxates) out of its normal position. When this misalignment occurs it can be very painful to the dog and constant recurrence overtime can lead to cartilage damage and arthritis). Just coming up with this diagnosis has taken quite a bit of time and money. Since it appears that Benji was born with malformation in his back legs pet insurance will not cover him. Due to his luxating patellas, Benji has difficulty doing things that most dogs do normally and without any hesitation. Benji is not able to sit all the way down on his bottom, instead he must sit with his legs underneath him, he has trouble going up the stairs, getting on the couch and getting in the car. Benji's favorite place to be is at the dog park with all his doggie friends but even this causes him pain after awhile. He is not as fast as the other dogs and takes many breaks in between running and playing, and when we get home he crashes on the floor and does not move for the rest of the night. If Benji does not have surgery his activity will become more limited and worsen over time. If Benji is able to have surgery his risk of arthritis is greatly decreased and he will have a better chance of being a normal dog, to be able to run and play pain free. Donations can also now be made directly to colonial vet hospital at 607-257-3650. Just let them know that you would like to make a donation to Benji Bartholomay's surgery.

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