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.
Please help Duchess! This sweet girl was rushed to the emergency vet with severe spinal pain. After much diagnostic testing with a neurologist, it was confirmed that she has SRMA, or steroid responsive meningitis. In the typical boxer SRMA meningitis, the spinal cord covering is inflamed and around 90% of dogs make a full recovery with medication. Duchess' condition is more complicated, because her actual spinal cord is also inflamed. So her prognosis is a little more guarded at this time. Because the meningitis presented in her neck, she is unable to walk on her front legs at this time. Promising news is that after one day on steroids, she showed improvement in movement of her front legs. (though still not walking). Her pain is also being managed through medication, and she is eating. If Duchess has a chance at full recovery, we should see obvious improvement in her front leg use within the next week. So we are in wait and see mode. As of 2/25, Duchess will remain in the hospital tonight for monitoring, and the neurologist will check in again tomorrow to let us know if more improvement is seen and whether she is stable enough to consider a special needs foster home.
Between the testing, specialty and emergency care, we are looking at an unexpected expense in the thousands. So far, we have received a few donations toward Duchess, and we are SO very thankful for your support! With her bills expected in the thousands, we REALLY need your continued help to save Duchess! We just don't have the cash reserves for vet bills of this magnitude. Even if only a few dollars, please consider donating toward Duchess - every little bit helps, and we just can't do it without you!
Meet Hannah. She wandered into an ABR alum's backyard and they contacted us after she was picked up by animal control. This poor girl was so weak she could barely stand up. After several weeks, Hannah continues to make great strides, both emotionally and physically. While her previous life is a thing of the past, her road to recovery continues. You may recall that Hannah came to ABR barely able to stand or stay awake, extremely emaciated, with severe anemia due to flea infestation, and with weakness in the back legs. She was rushed straight to the hospital, where she remained for several days. Once discharged, Hannah began her recovery in a foster home, with an appointment for a GVS consult about a possible abdominal mass early last week. Luckily, what the vets originally thought might be a mass in her abdomen proved to be nothing of concern during further testing at GVS.
Hannah is much stronger (although nowhere near normal) and has a good appetite. She is resting quietly in her foster home and learning to trust humans (she is very skittish and scared). The vet thinks that possibly the cause of her falling asleep on her feet is because she was too scared to allow herself to sleep at the shelter. When she was originally rescued, our volunteer mentioned she did not think she would have survived for another 2 days. Now that Hannah is gaining her strength and catching up on her rest, we will be having another GVS consult with a neurologist for her back leg weakness.
While Hannah is recovering, her medical bills are mounting. Please consider contributing to her medical care, to help save Hannah!
Meet Ginny. ABR’s new five month old Boxer baby has already experienced things no animal should. Looking into her big, brown, trusting eyes and at her sweet face will just melt your heart! Late last night one of our wonderful volunteers took the call and made the trip to pick Ginny up and get her to safety. When she got to her the poor baby's leg was dangling and she was shaking with pain. The emergency vet confirmed that Ginny has a severely broken femur and will require immediate surgery to save the leg. Today, Ginny is seeing the orthopedic specialist at Northlake Veterinary Surgery who will repair her little leg and help her walk again. Please, won’t you help us give Ginny every chance at recovery by donating to her surgery? Every dollar helps…literally! Let’s show Ginny that there are many good people with big hearts who are will help her run, jump, box, play, and of course do the famous Boxer wiggle!
Thank you for your time, compassion and donations!
Peanut needs our help! Peanut is a sweet little love bug who came to ABR from a shelter in Chattanooga. She was initially taken to the vet for what was thought to be a UTI, but after further testing it was discovered that she was near kidney frailer and anemic. Peanut was quickly placed on a raw food diet with supplements, and as you can imagine this is expensive. In addition she has been given subcutaneous fluids on a daily basis, but unfortunately her kidneys have not improved and she is currently hospitalized. The vets are looking for the cause of her kidney failure and will be running tests as well as pushing fluids via IV to try to help flush her kidney's. Kidney failure can be caused by parasites, viral, fungal or bacterial infections, cancer, age, trauma, inflammation, or ingestion toxins or poisons, among other things. Treatment depends on the cause but generally involves a good medical history, and testing will need to be performed to find the cause. The cause may be treatable such as infection caused by leptospirosis; an infestation with a parasite such as the giant kidney worm; or exposure to toxins such as the Easter lily or antifreeze.
Initial treatment of kidney disease, involves rehydrating the patient and maintaining normal hydration after that. This is typically done with intravenous (IV) fluids in the veterinary clinic and a special diet that is less taxing to the kidney's. We will do all we can to save Peanut. If you can possibly help us with Peanut's medical bills, please donate here
Truman is a 9 month old puppy that was turned into the shelter over the weekend with wounds that appear to be from a run-in with a car. His body may be injured, but his tail is not and he was wagging it non-stop. Unfortunately, the news on this boy was not good. He has a broken femur in one hind leg and several deep gashes on the other hind leg. It appears that these injuries are several days old and because treatment has been delayed there is a real risk of infection. On top of these injuries he was found to have a heart murmur which makes surgery more complicated.
Truman had emergency surgery yesterday to pin his broken leg. He also had necrotic tissue removed because of the days old injury, and a drain inserted into the large gash on the other leg. His kidneys are bruised and he has some swelling around one eye that will continue to be monitored. He had significant blood loss and anemia, but that will improve over time. Truman will be hospitalized for the next week so that he can have round the clock care and remain on strict crate rest for healing.
These are the types of emergency cases that we know deplete our funds quickly, but Truman needed us! We could not turn away, but we can't do it without your help. Please consider donating to Truman's vet bills
Gretchen & Milo
We have names! Introducing Gretchen (left, cropped eared girl) and Milo (right, natural eared boy)!! These two are in rough shape physically, so they will be in foster for at least a couple months. Both pups are heartworm positive and had bellies full of intestinal parasites. Milo is currently battling a bad case of kennel cough, and both have upper respiratory infections. Gretchen also has several tumors that will need to be removed. One of particular concern is a large tumor on her hind leg, that has been confirmed as a mast cell tumor. Because of the size and proximity, she will likely need to lose a little muscle in the hind leg to ensure all of the cancer is removed. Gretchen and Milo have a long road to recovery ahead of them, and we can't do it without your help!
Our volunteer who picked Lena up said she was one of the saddest dogs she had ever picked up at a shelter. She is literally a bag of bones. Too weak to walk into the vets office. For now, she is being called Lena. Her condition is very poor...the vet gave her a 1 out of 9. Just finding out how to proceed will be expensive. In spite of her condition, she gave wags everytime our volunteer touched her.
Lena made it through the night, and is eating and pottying. She will have several tests run today. The vet said that she has a bloated stomach, her liver feels enlarged, and she has a significant heart murmur. Amazingly, a heartworm snap test is showing negative. Lena will have X-rays and bloodwork done today, to determine next steps.
We knew that Lena was in bad shape and would be an expensive case, but we just had to give her a chance. Such a sweet soul in such a horribly neglected body. We owed it to her to try! Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!
When Lil Bit first came to ABR she was very emaciated and we thought she just needed lots of love and good food. She was taken to the vet for what her foster mom thought to be a bad case of hook worms and found out that she was very anemic, had a raging UTI infection, an ulcer on her eye and her kidneys were basically failing her. She had to have an emergency blood transfusion and spent five days in the ICU. She was like a whole new dog after the blood transfusion and her things looked good for a bit but then they started to decline again as her kidneys were unable to produce the red blood cells necessary to help support herself. The vets basically told us that she was on borrowed time and they didn’t expect her to last much more than a month or so. That was the first week of February.
As a last resort we decided to take her to a special vet who changed her over to a raw diet and supplements for her kidneys. Since she has been on the raw diet and supplements her kidneys have once again started producing the red blood cells her body so desperately needed and all of her values continue to move in the right direction.
As you can probably imagine, keeping her on this kind of diet in addition to the supplements and the vet fees that have accumulated through this whole process is not cheap. The volume of the food she requires continues to increase as her health continues to improve. We can assure you that Lil Bit would send big doggie kisses and love bug cuddles to anybody that is able to help donate towards her care so that we can continue to help her improve by keeping her on her current regimen. Please know that every bit helps no matter how big or small and that she would be forever grateful so that she can one day find her furever home that she rightfully deserves.
Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated! If you are interested in donating to Lil Bit’s growing bills, please donate here.
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.
Thanks to all of you who step forward to help save these sweet babies!
We couldn't do it without you!