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 CHOPPER!! His name belies the affectionate guy who just wants to be petted, talked to and loved. Chopper is an adult male of unknown age (5+) whose silver face seems to be more consequence of a rough go of things than just chronological age. Who knows what things were like for Chopper before he came to ABR. Ironically, Chopper's salvation has and will continue to be tough for him.
The start that we know for him was animal control...scary, unfamiliar, stressful. And then there was a dog fight. Chopper was on the losing side of this battle. It was a long battle that took multiple people several minutes to break up. Chopper was “lucky” to be alive. He suffered multiple puncture wounds around his neck, above one of his eyes and on his legs. After days in the hospital, Chopper was given another assessment of his condition...ugh.
Chopper's leg is worse than expected. We have chosen not to include photos of his wounds because they are pretty gruesome. He will require skin graft surgery and weeks of healing. On top of that, he has heartworms which means another rough procedure and more weeks of rest and healing. We'll throw in a neutering for him at some point. In the event that's not enough for this gentle tail-wagger to handle, he now seems to have kennel cough. He just hacks his head off until he eventually gags himself to the point of spitting up. There's just so much going on for this guy! Chopper needs a home to love him forever like he deserves and desperately wants. Before that can happen, he has ahead of him expensive procedures, hospital time and a long, (at times) painful recovery.
We'll love him. We'll get him healthy and provide a comfortable, safe place for his recovery. Financial support is what Chopper needs from his boxer community. He can't say it out loud but he is very grateful for any contributions towards his care.
PLEASE HELP NOAH! Noah came to ABR a few weeks ago from animal control. He was severely emaciated, but otherwise appeared in stable health. That all changed 2 weeks ago, when he began having trouble getting up from the floor. It quickly progressed to his limbs being completely paralyzed. He was unable to move any of his legs, much less support himself to sit, stand or walk. He was at our regular vet from Friday to Tuesday and then we moved him to GVS so he could see the neurologist. He spent 2 nights at GVS and saw the neurologist who diagnosed him with polyneuropathy. They aren't 100% sure what caused him to get like this but they expect him to make a full recovery. The recovery period is anywhere from 1-3 months. His recovery will consist of lots of physical therapy. Noah will require lots of home care during his recovery, including bed changes, physical therapy, and lots of love and kisses.
Noah's awesome foster mom is up for the challenge, and has already begun his therapy. Here is her latest update: "Noah is getting so much stronger everyday! He can sit like this for about 5-7 minutes at a time. He can even support himself to stand once you get him up, he can stand for about 3-5 minutes at a time. This morning while standing he was trying to take steps with his back feet."
Noah has a long road ahead, and has added some unexpected expenses to an already busy year for ABR. If you could spare just a little toward Noah's bills, he would be most grateful!
Meet our Amazing Grace!
Our Rescue Coordinator received a desperate call from Animal Control on a Friday. A stray boxer was found in a park and she was unable to move her rear legs. If ABR was not able to rescue her immediately, she would be euthanized because of her physical condition. As we tend to do in desperate cases, ABR jumped into action and scrambled to find transports.
Grace was taken to Georgia Veterinary Specialist. She was diagnosed with a suspected fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE). FCE is an embolism (blood clot) in the spine, which causes affects the nerves below the clot sometimes resulting from some kind of exercise injury or trauma. Grace’s clot caused paralysis of her hind area leaving her unable to mover her back legs. She is currently getting around with the help of her very patient and dedicated foster parents and slings.
Unfortunately, the treatment for Grace will be expensive and long-term, but she is happy & seems pretty intent on trying to walk! Her treatment will consist of extensive physical therapy to hopefully regain function in her back legs once the blood clot clears and the nerves are able to restore function to her legs again!
UPDATE (10/13): After months of therapy, Grace has regained most of the function in her rear legs. She continues regular acupuncture and chiropractice sessions in an attempt to regain control of her bladder and bowel muscles. This is the last hurdle she needs to overcome in her long recovery.
Please say a little prayer for Grace! Her ongoing care has been very expensive for ABR so if you would like to donate towards or sponsor any of her treatments, she would be so very grateful!
Thank you so much!
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!