Infirmary

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.

Scoots

Scoots

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.

Donate to help Scoots!*


Rain

Rain

RAIN NEEDS OUR HELP! Meet Rain, named because he was found on one of Atlanta’s recent very rainy mornings lying in the road after being hit by a car. That rainy day was his lucky day because a good Samaritan was willing to get out in the pouring rain and save him, and ABR was waiting for him. We had heard about Rain the day after Christmas when another concerned individual contacted us about two boxers running around their neighborhood. The boxer boys had visited on Christmas day but then run off into nearby woods. One of the boys, now known as Tater, returned the next day and was brought in safely, but Rain was missing. We looked, but found no sign of him. We hoped he had returned home and was safe and hoped that same home would be looking for Tater too. But nothing happened and we grew concerned about how we would find this boy. But we continued waiting for him. Several days later we got the call, Rain had been found after being hit by a car on a major highway. He was alive, but in a lot of pain. We immediately took Rain in and rushed him to the emergency vet. Dehydrated and in shock Rain’s most concerning issue was a severely broken pelvis (the vet called it “mangled”). With the holiday upon us there was little we could do except keep him hydrated, manage his pain, and keep him under observation until he could see a specialist about fixing him. We don’t know what else he got into on his adventure but Rain also has several deep wounds that are days old and have required debriding and bandaging on a daily basis. While this sounds simple, it is a painful process that requires sedation and hospitalization. At this time the vet thinks these wound will heal and there will be minimal damage to his legs. Rain saw the specialist today, and surgery will cost around $2500 - this is on top of this past weeks hospitalization. These are the types of things rescues do, but treatment like this can quickly drain a rescue’s funds, and it is just the beginning of the year! Please consider a donation to help fund Rain’s treatment and to allow us to help other dogs like him. Thank you!

Donate to help Rain!*


Saybin

Saybin

Hello World. Saybin here. I came to ABR in mid April. My former family has some illness of their own and decided I would be better off in a home that is able to care for me.

I escaped from my home and went off on an adventure for a couple of days; what was I thinking? While I was gone I hurt my right rear leg pretty bad. It seems I have a torn cruciate. Not so bad? It’s the ONLY rear leg I have. About 3 years ago something happened and I had to have my right rear leg amputated. I was fine with this until now. I’ve been gimping around on my hurt leg so my foster mom took me to the orthopedic surgeon. After poking and prodding and an x-ray, he determined I need a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery. This isn’t a cheap surgery, costing around $3,000 +/-. My goodness that’s a lot of money but ABR has stepped up to help me have the surgery. Now, I’m asking for you to help ABR help me. If everyone donates just a little bit it will help so much. Skip the gourmet coffee for a day, eat in instead of going out, there are lots of painless ways to help. And it’s so easy...Paypal is our friend. You can donate online here.

In the meantime, I’ll be hanging out at my foster home where the pack welcomed me with open paws. There is only 1 step for me to get outside and Mom helps me get back in. I can get in on my own but it is so much easier when she helps me.

OK then. Thank you for helping me help Atlanta Boxer Rescue help me.

Donate to help Saybin!*


HEARTWORMS

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.

Donate to help our heartworm positive dogs!*




Demodex Mange



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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!

*Any funds collected above and beyond an individual dog's vetting expenses will be directed to other ABR dogs in need.