The following Boxers are rescues who come to us in pretty bad shape and require extra medical attention. We will post periodic updates on our patients. As always, donations toward their medical care are greatly appreciated.
Atlanta Boxer Rescue committed to taking in two puppies from a shelter outside of metro Atlanta. ABR went to pick up the "boxer mix" puppies, and reminiscent of Forrest Gump's mother's admonition, in this particular box of chocolates, we did not know what we were going to get. They are adorable little girls, but they are also pretty obviously not boxers. But ABR has built its reputation on keeping its promises and putting the animals first.
So ABR took the puppies. The poop flavored nougat in the middle of this particular box of chocolates is that the puppies have Parvo, a devastating and potentially fatal disease. They have been transported to the vet, and it is a long and arduous course of treatment to return them to health.
ABR keeps its word. We are committed to these pups, and that means tremendous medical costs. We are asking all of our friends and supporters to rally around ABR as we do what we said we would and take care of these puppies. Please consider helping us financially. There are substantial expenses, and we appreciate all contributions to meet these costs. Because ultimately, we are making a stand for the dogs we love.
Rocco is a super sweet boy. He is friendly with humans, dogs, and dog-savvy cats. One month ago, Rocco was given to a woman by her co-worker who said that his fiancée was allergic to dogs. He said Rocco's only problem was cataracts in his one eye. As a life-long animal lover, she wanted to help Rocco. Upon bringing him into her home, she learned that “cataracts in one eye” was not the case. He definitely had more complex vision issues. During ABR’s behavioral evaluation, she contacted Rocco’s prior owner to get his vetting history. Poor Rocco had only been to the vet once in his almost 5 years. Unfortunately, her family does not have the resources to fix his vision issues and what is likely to be a myriad of other issues. She did not want to take Rocco to a shelter because she feared that he would be put down. During ABR’s evaluation, whether he had vision in his left eye was not apparent. What was clear was that if he did have any remaining sight, it would only be cleared by fixing what is causing discharge and irritation to his “good” eye. Rocco is also skinny (likely caused by worms), is not on heart worm prevention, is not neutered, has irritated skin/rash/fungus on his chest, and has some thickening of his ears likely due to past recurrent ear infections. While ABR could have looked the other way because no foster had yet stepped up, they decided to take him in. Hopefully, Rocco has some remaining vision that can be saved with medication. Rocco's vet care will be expensive but he is so worth it. Please consider donating to help cover some of his vet bills.
Please help! This afternoon, we were contacted by one of the local shelters with an urgent need. A family adopted this sweet boy from the shelter last week. He left with some kennel cough but it developed into pneumonia and the family could not afford the recommended treatment. The family did the right thing and brought him back to the shelter for his health emergency. The shelter called because he likely has pneumonia, and cannot go back into the shelter population without possibly infecting the entire kennel. You can hear his labored breathing in the video. This boy needed help, and needed it fast! We were able to pick him up, and he went directly to a vet ICU. He is receiving breathing treatments, fluids, IV antibiotics and getting much needed rest. He is not eating right now, but that is being monitored. He also tested positive for some tick bourne illnesses, and will receive treatment for those.
Please, if you can help with this unexpected hospitalization, consider donating to Hulk
Scoots is as sweet as pie but has a very obvious problem. When ABR was asked to help, they were advised she might have a hip issue. This is far beyond what we expected, but we still welcomed her with open hearts. This sweet little love bug came in with what we think is her brother. They are tiny, tiny, emaciated, heartworm positive, both have leg issues and she is just breaking our heart! She has an appointment with Orthopedics on 1/12 and we are praying they can help. It looks like she is going to be several thousand dollars to help her. Her brother is looking like he will need TPLO. We are praying our supporters will come through and help us give this happy girl the rosy life she sees for herself.
Adult heartworms live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of infected dogs. They survive up to 5 years and during this time, the female produces millions of baby worms (microfilaria). These microfilaria live in the bloodstream, mainly in the small blood vessels.
Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. The female mosquito bites the infected dog and ingests the microfilariae during a blood meal. The microfilariae develop further for 10-30 days in the mosquito and then enter the mouth parts of the mosquito. The mosquito bites another dog and transmits the disease to that other dog.
When fully developed, the infective larvae enter the bloodstream and move to the heart and adjacent vessels, where they grow to maturity in 2 to 3 months and start reproducing.
Adult worms cause disease by clogging the heart and major blood vessels leading from the heart. They interfere with the valve action in the heart. By clogging the main blood vessels, the blood supply to other organs of the body is reduced, particularly the lungs, liver and kidneys, leading to malfunction of these organs.
A lot of dogs infected with heartworms do not show any signs of disease for as long as two years. Unfortunately, by the time signs are seen, the disease is well advanced. The obvious signs of the disease are a soft, dry, chronic cough, shortness of breath, weakness, nervousness, listlessness and loss of stamina. A lot of these signs are most noticeable following exercise where dogs can faint from the lack of air passing through their lungs.
There is some risk involved in treating dogs with heartworms. The treatment to kill adult worms is an injectable drug that will kill the worms in the heart and adjacent vessels over a period of about 30 45 days.
Complete rest is essential after treatment: some adult worms die in a few days and start to decompose; the remainder will die during the 30-45 days. As they break up, they are carried to the lungs, where they lodge in the small blood vessels and are eventually reabsorbed by the body. This is a dangerous period, and is it essential that the dog be kept quiet and not be allowed to exercise. The first couple of weeks after the injections are very critical because the worms are dying. A cough is noticeable for 7 to 8 weeks after treatment in heavily infected dogs.
Demodectic mange (also known as red mange, follicular mange, or puppy mange) is a skin disease, generally of young dogs, caused by the mite, Demodex canis. All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life. Most dogs live in harmony with their mites, never suffering any consequences from being parasitized. If, however, conditions change to upset the natural equilibrium (such as some kind of suppression of the dog's immune system), the Demodex mites may "gain the upper hand." The mites proliferate and can cause serious skin disease
The lesions and signs of demodectic mange usually involve hair loss; crusty, red skin; and at times, a greasy or moist appearance. The mites prefer to live in the hair follicles, so in most cases, hair loss is the first noted sign. Usually, hair loss begins around the muzzle, eyes, and other areas on the head. The lesions may or may not itch. In localized mange, a few circular crusty areas will be noted, most frequently on the head and forelegs of young dogs 3-6 months of age. Most of these lesions will self heal as the puppies become older and develop their own immunity. Persistent lesions will need treatment. In cases in which the whole body is involved (generalized mange), there will be areas of hair loss over the entire coat, including the head, neck, abdomen, legs, and feet. The skin along the head, side, and back will be crusty and oftentimes inflamed. It will often crack and ooze a clear fluid. Hair will be scant, but the skin itself will often be oily to the touch. There is usually a secondary bacterial infection. Some animals can become quite ill and develop a fever, lose their appetite, and become lethargic. Patients with generalized demodectic mange need immediate vigorous treatment.
The treatment of Demodectic mange is usually accomplished with lotions, dips, and shampoos. Fortunately, 90% of demodectic mange cases are localized, in which only a few small areas are involved and can often be treated topically.