ASHA, a snow leopard, was living in daily pain. His
once regal posture was diminished by severe
degenerative arthritis in both hips. Would it be
possible to perform a total hip replacement?
Humans face this surgery every day, but a leopard?
Enter an outstanding team of veterinary surgeons, including Dr.
David T. Crouch. These masters of orthopedic techniques rose
to the challenge, and today, Pasha is pain free and enjoying life
to the fullest.
Via his specialty clinic in Asheville, North Carolina, Crouch
offers state-of-the-art surgical procedures. Arthroscopic
surgery is routinely performed by Crouch on pets that tear their
rotator cuffs or crucial ligaments that hold their knees in place.
“My English Bulldog, Winnie, had this surgery when she was
16 weeks old,” says owner Penny Gentry. “ She is 13 years old
now and doing very well!”
“Sporting breeds of dogs, Maine Coon cats and toy breeds
are the most common victims of ligament tears,” says Crouch,
and stresses that preventive medicine is key. “I recommend
early orthopedic screenings for pets three to six months of age,
important supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin and
omega three fatty acids combined with a grain free diet. [These
are] instrumental to ligament and bone health.”
When not in the operating room, Crouch is a volunteer private
pilot with the national organization, Pilots N Paws. He often flies
rescue animals to safe havens from dire situations. Recently, he
was contacted by a different rescue organization, asking for help
with Lucy. Lucy had a severe hip joint conformation disorder that
can occur in both humans and dogs. Without hesitating, Crouch
offered his services pro bono and personally flew Lucy back to
his clinic for surgery. When Lucy recovered, he once again flew
her home. Robin Manley of Finding Great Homes Dog Rescue
couldn’t be more appreciative. “Thank you, Dr. Crouch,” she says,
“for giving Lucy the ability to walk without excruciating pain for
the rest of her life.”
Exemplifying the best of humanity, Crouch is a beacon of
hope for animals with complicated injuries.
by Debi Boies
A surgeon with wings and a heart of gold.
Thank you, Dr. Crouch, for
giving Lucy the ability to
walk without excruciating
pain for the rest of her life.
Dr. Crouch performing
surgery on a patient.
Pasha the snow leopard,
back on the prowl.