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.
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.
Meet our sweet girl Shasta. Shasta is a young girl, who came to ABR very thin at under 30 pounds. It isn’t uncommon for dogs to be underweight when they come to us, so we figured we would easily put weight on her once she was in a foster home. Little did we know at the time, Shasta’s issues were unfortunately more than a just lack of good food.
Shasta’s story began when she regurgitated on the way from Animal Control to her foster home. Not uncommon for a pup with a nervous belly, but this was a sad sign of things to come. Shasta settled into her foster home nicely. She is a typical puppy full of energy, boxer wiggles, and a desire to make her family happy. Shasta proceeded to wiggle her way into her foster mom's heart. After a short run of putting weight on this little girl, Shasta started to lose weight. Her vomiting was a constant battle. She was seen numerous times by vets, with various tests run, but the vets did not seem able to get a handle on what was going on. Shasta was sent to an Internal Medicine specialist, who diagnosed her with megaesophagus. Megaesophagus is a disease where the muscles of the esophagus fail to propel food and water into the stomach. The result is regurgitation, and more seriously, the risk of aspiration. The prognosis was bleak to say the least, and the suggestion was to put her down since there is no treatment for this disease.
In true ABR fashion, we don’t give up that easily. Shasta is such a sweet and happy puppy, that ABR decided to pursue a second opinion to make sure there was nothing that could be done. In the process of getting her checked out by UGA and talking to some other resources, it was discovered that there was a possibility of a treatment with medication if the cause of the megaesophagus was something called myasthenia gravis. The vets are very guarded that the treatment for this disease will have a major impact on her condition, but there is also a chance to manage the condition. In our research, we found something called a Bailey’s chair, which helps to keep the dog in an upright position while eating to help food, to allow gravity to assist in moving food to the stomach. We also discovered a truly wonderful organization called Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs, who has offered to donate a chair to Shasta! What angels they are! Be sure to like and support their Facebook page to thank them! www.facebook.com/baileychairs4dogs They also have a website with tons of great stories and information - www.baileychairs4dogs.com
While Shasta’s risk of aspiration pneumonia among other complications is still daunting, she has been able to eat her meals and keep the food down so far. Shasta does need a special diet (kibble is far too easy to aspirate and too hard to get to her tummy) so she eats a very good quality food that will give her the nutrition she needs to be strong and healthy and minimize the risk of complications. ABR is waiting for the test results to see if there is an underlying disease of Myasthenia Gravis that can be helped with medication, but we are hopeful that even if this comes back as not being treatable, the new skills of her foster family, the donated chair from Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs, and what ABR has learned about megaesophagus will be enough to give this precious girl the rich life she deserves.
My name is Adam and I am a four month old bundle of cuteness. My people had to give me up through no fault of my own, or theirs. Sometimes “things” just happen. Atlanta Boxer Rescue did what they do best and rescued me before I had to go to a scary shelter. I am so thankful for that.
A few days after I got to my foster home I started feeling pretty bad. I lost my voracious appetite, my joints hurt, I was running a fever and just felt yukky. Of course, this happened the day of the snow storm. As soon as the roads were safe to drive, my foster mom took me to the vet where I was given fluids and antibiotics. No one was sure what was wrong with me, but they did know it was not from the stress of moving to a new home. The next day, I couldn’t stand and my joints were painful. Back to the vet and they referred me to University of Georgia Small Animal Hospital for further diagnosis.
Once at UGA, I had 3 different doctors looking at me, poking at me, bending me in all different directions and drawing blood. I spent the night in ICU where someone would be watching me at all times. The next morning more doctors came to see me, took some x-rays and poked and prodded on me some more.
They have determined I have Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy. Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) is a bone disease that usually affects young, rapidly growing, large or giant breed dogs. The cause of HOD is currently unknown and it's possible that the disease may have several causes. One possible cause may be a bacterial infection.
I’m doing a little better now but will have to be in the hospital for a few more days and I need your help to pay for this expensive care. I’m not sure how much my care will cost but I did overhear the doctor tell my foster mom that my ICU room was over $200.00 per day. Shoot, that’s a lot of money already and doesn’t even cover my treatment.
The good news is I am getting better. I can already stand on my own to go potty. I’m not walking around much but at least I can do that. If you can find it in your heart and wallet, please donate to my care so I can get out of the hospital and go back to my foster home and back to being the cutest puppy ever.
Thank You so much.
Adam, Puppy Extraordinaire!
Please help baby Mila!
Can you please find it in your heart to help this sweet, little girl? Mila has endured a lot in her young life. Two months ago, baby Mila (at just 5 months old), was abandoned by a backyard breeder. The story is that she was the pick of the last litter, destined to have multiple litters. However, the breeder decided they were getting out of the business, so Mila was discarded when she was no longer of use to them. Luckily, a good samaritan was there to take her in. When asked her name, the couple said they hadn’t bothered to give her one since she "just going to be used for breeding." She was so scared and super skinny! Her rescuer took her home immediately, and started nursing her back to health with the hopes of finding her a new home. She was named Mila.
Mila’s life was looking up! She started to become the high energy, goofy boxer puppy she was always meant to be. What a fun little girl! Just as Mila’s personality had begun to show, a terrible accident happened. Mila was goofing off and running on the deck with another dog, when she lost her footing while doing a boxer spin and fell off the deck (a 10-foot drop!). Mila’s fall resulted in a severely broken foot. Mila’s rescuer contacted us for help when they realized that Mila's treatment was far beyond what they could afford. They wanted to give her the best chance for a full recovery.
So here we are today. Because of the number of breaks and the size of the bones involved, the surgery requires the skill of an orthopedic specialist. Mila has been rushed into surgery at Northlake Veterinary Surgery where pins will be placed in the foot in order to re-align the bones and hold them properly until they can fuse back together. The bones in the foot are delicate and specialized equipment and pins are needed in order to complete the repair. After surgery, Mila’s leg will be splinted and she will require rest and limited activity for 4 to 6 weeks in order to keep the bones aligned. We are hopeful that she will make a full recovery.
Please keep baby Mila in your prayers today and in the weeks to come! We are starting the year off with some expensive cases, including some very large vet bills for Mila’s surgery. Any donations at all would be much appreciated! Thank you for your support!
You may remember her freedom ride picture a couple weeks ago. Our sweet little girl, lovingly called Lil Bit by her foster mom, is very sick. Lil Bit came to her foster home emaciated at only 35 pounds, and with a belly full of worms. It was obvious she had been neglected for a long time. What we didn’t know was how badly.
Lil Bit has been treated for bowel issues since we’ve had her, both for the intestinal parasites and antibiotics to help her tummy. Most recently, she has developed blood in her bowels. Lil Bit went to the vet today, and she has lost 3 pounds from when we first took in this skinny little girl. She is also very anemic, and has a UTI likely due to her abnormal kidneys. Her kidneys are smaller than they should be for her size, showing signs of chronic neglect and potential kidney disease. Our loving little girl who only wants to give kisses is now fighting for her life.
Lil Bit is hospitalized to get the treatment she desperately needs. She is being treated for her UTI, receiving a blood transfusion, and receiving multiple meds to try and help her turn the corner. We don’t know if her kidneys will have normal function after all this, but we just had to give her a chance! Lil Bit’s road is going to be a long one, as she will need to have mammary tumors removed and an eye ulcer treated once she gains enough strength. We will address those bumps in the road when we get to them. Until then, our only concern is keeping her comfortable and giving her that little body of hers a chance to heal.
Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated! If you are interested in donating to Lil Bit’s growing veterinary bills, please donate here.
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.
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.
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!