*Part three of a series documenting the treatment of Goody, one of the Sacramento Zoo’s Reticulated Giraffes
Recent visitors to the Zoo may have noticed that Goody can be seen out more often in the giraffe yard, sporting a fancy blue shoe. Her primary zookeepers, Lindsey Moseanko and Melissa McCartney shared the following update:
Goody is doing really well! Inside her blue shoe is a metal plate and a custom insole. The insole is made from putty used in corrective shoeing for horses. These are helping to align her joints better and correct the rotation of her foot caused by the arthritis. When she is wearing them she walks more normally.
|Metal plate with putty insole|
A company that produces horse slippers (to protect a horse's hoof when they need to wear a bandage) has been working with Animal Care and Veterinary staff to design custom shoes for Goody that accommodates her plate and insole and keeps her foot dry during inclement weather. This bootie helps reduce how often the wrap and plate need to be changed out and means less time that Goody has to spend inside with us taking care of her feet. Goody also continues to receive laser therapy, acupuncture, pulse electromagnetic therapy mat time, icing, medications and topical pain relief patches.
|Bluegrass Equine Products, Inc. custom designed this handmade shoe for Goody|
|Goody's hoof with shoe in place|
None of the other giraffes have demonstrated any unusual behavior towards the shoe, wraps, or slippers that Goody wears- she is readily accepted by the herd with her personal fashion statement. When Goody is done napping or being treated she returns to the herd and fits right back in with her family!