Chocolate may be ready to go home soon
Chocolate, a stray Chesapeake Bay retriever from the Tri-Cities has nearly completed his recovery at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. A second surgery to repair persistent problems in his front left leg has been deemed a success, and Chocolate’s care team at WSU believes they are close to having him ready for placement in a permanent home.
Since his surgery, Chocolate has been involved in a variety of rehabilitation exercises, including some stretching, walking outside when it’s nice, and chasing his now famous yellow ball. “Our team has been working hard to give Chocolate the best chance of success,” said WSU’s veterinary orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Martinez.
Chocolate had been seen running as a stray in south central Washington, despite suffering from multiple fractures and dislocations to both front legs. Over a period of months, good Samaritans tried to coax the injured dog to them so they could seek care. A local resident was able to capture the dog and get him to a local veterinarian in early February who then referred him to WSU’s teaching hospital.