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.

Lily

Sweet Lilly has a long road ahead, and needs your help! When we rescued Lilly from death row at animal control, we knew she had something wrong with her leg. We know ortho issues are costly, but we just couldn’t bear the alternative. So we took our chances and save Lilly in the knick of time. After resting and putting on some weight for a few weeks in her foster home, we now know the long road that Lilly will be facing. Lilly needs FHO surgery asap to fix her leg. The vet has said that depending on how bad the hip is and how much scar tissue is there, the surgery may be complicated. Next, Lilly is heartworm positive, and will need to undergo heartworm treatment. As if that wasn’t enough, Lilly also has a mass in her mouth. The biopsy showed this to be a gingival mass. Her vet felt that this was one of the worst cases of gingival hyperplasia she has ever seen, and feels it needs to be treated. Because Lilly tends to bleed excessively, we are concerned that the surgery will need a specialist. Specialist estimates just for the dental care (sight unseen) are around $1,000. The specialist said that with the amount of overgrowth and odor in her mouth, they expect to encounter some issues with her teeth when they get to cutting back her gums. Despite all of this, and the pain that she must feel in her mouth, Lilly is the sweetest dog! She loves everyone, people and dogs alike. If you could donate even a little toward her care, she will greatly appreciate it! This little girl deserves to have her happy tail, and we fully intend to get her there!

 

Donate to help Lily!*


Maggie

ABR received an urgent call from a local animal control, that a boxer was found as a stray and had a large wound on her back. None of us were prepared for the gaping hole we found on the middle of the back of this sweet girl. The muscle and tendon in her back was exposed, and it was obvious the wound needed cleaning. Our volunteers swung into action, and immediately took poor Maggie to the vet. Despite her condition, Maggie gave little kisses to our volunteers and wagged her nub for attention. Maggie had surgery to clean and close her wound, with drains inserted to ensure healing would occur. This wasn't an easy surgery for Maggie, but she has handled it with the grace and goofiness of a true boxer. Maggie's surgery was expensive, and we are already hard pressed for funds given our other infirmary cases. If you could find it in your heart, please donate to Maggie's care.

 

Donate to help Maggie!*


Lil Bit

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.

Thank you!

 

Donate to help Lil Bit!*


JJ

JJ is a great little girl, who came to us with a cherry eye. Cherry eye is a congenital disorder where the third eyelid shows itself. Unfortunately, it was also very clear that JJ had been bred many times. Purchasing dogs from backyard breeders means that genetic problems like cherry eye are passed on to the next generation. If left untreated, cherry eye can result in many complications like trauma to the eye, decreased tear production, and infection. Lucky for JJ, she found herself with ABR, where her cherry eye surgery was quickly scheduled. Cherry eye surgery can only be done by vets specially trained for this procedure, and it is not cheap. For more on cherry eye, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_eye

JJ would LOVE to have your support in funding her vet bills! Please donate HERE.

 

Donate to help JJ!*


Chopper

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.

 

Donate to help Chopper!*


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 Jack and
other heartworm positive dogs!
*




Demodex Mange



Donate to help all of our sick Boxers!


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.