These are just a few of the Boxers who come to us in really 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.
We mentioned that there were some urgent rescues this weekend - Felix is at the top of the list. Felix was turned into the shelter after two women found him wandering around in a park. Felix was extremely weak, very emaciated (only 42 lbs) and despite his condition he showed little interest in food or water. Felix was shutting down. The shelter asked for help and we knew we couldn't say no! Our volunteers rallied, and Felix was rushed to the ER vet where he is getting much needed medical care.
Felix is still in the ICU today. He is anemic and may have a kidney infection, but he has perked up a little since he's been at the vet. He has even started to show some interest in food. For now, Felix will remain in the ICU for monitoring to make sure he is out of the woods. We are cautiously hopeful for Felix's prognosis, and of course are thrilled about his chance for recovery. Though financially at best, we are looking at multiple days of medical ICU boarding and diagnostic tests, and at worse, we are looking at surgery.
Because of the urgency, we didn't have a chance to fundraise for Felix's care. If you can assist in any way, please donate here
UPDATE: (7/16) Gidget has gained enough weight and strength to go through her spay surgery. She will be going in for that this week and we are hopeful that we will be able to treat her heartworms in the coming weeks.
As many of you saw, Gidget, also known as Lilith, joined the ABR family late last week. She came to us as a neglect case very emaciated, weighing in at around 35lbs. We knew Gidget needed our help and she was sure to have some medical needs by her physical appearance, but we did not imagine what that would be. During her initial intake exam, our vets realized that she was a very sick pup and needed to be seen by Blue Pearl Vet Specialists (GVS). On Monday, Gidget was taken to Blue Pearl where she had an exam and ultrasound of her stomach in hopes that the specialist would be able to see what was causing her to be so skinny and in overall poor condition. Based on the ultrasound, the specialist was unable to determine exactly what was causing these issues so exploratory surgery was recommended. Poor Gidget wasn't immediately able to have surgery because she was too weak, so she underwent a blood transfusion on Monday. The transfusion gave her some strength and she received a greenlight today to proceed with surgery with one of Blue Pearl's board certified surgeons.
Right as we speak, Gidget is on the operating table and we had to make a decision to save her life. Early into the surgery, they determined that Gidget has a LOT of string intertwined throughout her intestines! And worse, it appears that she has been in this condition for a long time. :( The procedure for removal of the string will be very involved, invasive and costly. So first, we are asking for your prayers and healing thoughts as the vets try to save Gidget and next, we need your financial support to help cover this life saving surgery. Our estimated bill is in the range of $6k to upwards of $10k if there are complications! We just can't turn back on Gidget now. She is very young and sweet, and she certainly deserves a chance. In her short amount of time with ABR, we have seen her spirit shine through even in her severe medical condition, this little girl deserves a fighting chance. ABR wants to do all we can to save her and allow her to find her own loving home with a family that adores her and vows to take care of her the way a family should!
Please considering helping ABR in our efforts to save Gidget. Get with your kids involved, local schools, churches, troops, after school activities etc and let's all rally around Gidget and let her know she was worth it!
We are requesting both prayers and financial donations from our faithful and caring supporters! As always, no donation is too small. Donate below or online at her GoFundMe
Deuce needs our help! What really happened to Deuce we might never know. All we know is that Deuce was a stray at the shelter a few weeks ago. He was reclaimed by his owner, who at some point gave him away. FOLKS, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE A DOG AWAY FOR FREE! Fast forward a few weeks. Deuce was found alone in the woods, hungry and emaciated, covered in ticks. And worst of all, he had suffered a PAINFUL leg injury and was unable to walk. Deuce had given up, curled into a ball in the woods just waiting to die. We can't even imagine the pain and fear he was experiencing! Thankfully, Deuce was spotted by the property owners, and some amazing and compassionate animal advocates dropped everything to help him. They called us to see if we could assist. How could we possibly say no to him?? How could we possibly let him down when humans have let him down so many times up until now?? Not this time Deuce! We have no foster and no funds, but we will help you!
Deuce is now with a top notch orthopedic doctor who has hope that his poor little leg can be saved. Both bones in Deuce's leg are broken. His leg is swollen to FOUR TIMES the regular size, and they are estimating the injury likely occurred 3-6 days ago. This injury is not consistent with being hit by a car. We aren't speculating on the cause, because our focus now is on getting Deuce better. Deuce will be heading to surgery very shortly assuming his swelling will subside, and we are praying that the talented surgeon will be successful at repairing his leg. It is unimaginable how any dog can end up this condition, but we know one thing for sure….from this point forward, Deuce will know nothing but LOVE.
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.