If you missed yesterday's post about the abandoned puppy we're caring for (and keeping, if she's okay with other dogs), go here and get caught up, then come back. :)
First I need to say a huge thank you to everyone who's helped contribute to Lucky's vet bills! She, and I, appreciate it so, so much. You all made me tear up. I'm incredibly grateful to be part of such an amazing community. Thank you!
Lucky (that won't be her permanent name) went to the vet yesterday afternoon, and while she has a long road ahead of her, she's expected to make a full recovery!!!! I'm so, so happy she's going to be okay.
She did not have a microchip, which I'm admittedly thankful for. Once she's a bit better and if she's okay with my dogs (and they her, of course), I'll have her chipped. Yet another reason why microchipping your pets is invaluable! Not that Lucky's "owners", if she had any, would be concerned about her.....
She has the worst case of generalized demodex mange our vet had ever seen. While it's absolutely terrible for her, I'm beyond relieved it's not the highly contagious sarcoptic mange, so she poses no risk to my dogs. Demodex mange mites are on all dogs, and generally only puppies or dogs with suppressed immune systems are affected. They don't pose an issue to healthy adult dogs.
She is (obviously) severely emaciated. Her body condition is currently a 1, the lowest possible score. She weighed 23.8lbs.
The vet agreed with the frequent small, easy to digest meals, and prescribed some prescription canned food to add to her large breed puppy food.
The vet guessed her to be a Great Dane mix, and anywhere from 5 to 7 months old. I'm not sure how big she'll wind up being, or to what extent her extreme malnutrition and living conditions have stunted her. Maybe in the 90lbs range?
She had a skin scraping, fecal, ear swab, a shot to clear up the tape worms, and rabies vaccine done. She has a yeast infection in both ears, conjunctivitis in both eyes, tape and whipworms, and is basically a walking skin infection. The hole in her rump is guessed to be a pressure sore from just how thin she is. Her right ear is torn where it connects to her head, so instead of giving a wash that would sting a bit to help treat the ear infections, we were given medicated wipes and a tube of drops.
I use Banfield for my vet, and I couldn't be more thrilled with how they handled the situation. This is where Pike was neutered and had his regrown dew claw removed, too.
They were kind, compassionate, very helpful, took time to explain things to me, and best of all, they didn't push Lucky when she was done. They started to trim her nails, but she was getting stressed, so they immediately quit and let her be. They didn't manhandle her, and were just amazing. So happy with the experience we had!
I put her on their puppy Wellness plan (Nola was on it, and it did help hugely), what with all the medication and office visits, so that's helped ease some financial strain. $100 saved on this visit alone.
As of right now, the biggest concerns are getting weight back on her and getting this mange under control. Once that's on the mend, she'll continue with her vaccines until she's completed them. Rabies was only done for the safety of everyone involved. I'm glad all my dogs are up to date on their vaccines in this situation!
She is on the follow to help her poor body heal. It looks like an old person's medicine cabinet!
- Medicated shampoo (every other day)
- Soothing medicated spray (4-6x daily)
- Medicated ear wipes (2x a day)
- Ear drops/ointment (2x a day)
- Panacur wormer for the whip worms (1x a day for 3 days)
- Antibiotics (1x a day for 14 days)
- Eye ointment (2x a day)
My mom is picking up Lucky's Ivermectin later today, so that will be added into the mix.
We'll be doing weekly weigh ins so her medicine dosage can be adjusted as she gains her weight back. We have another exam in two weeks time, and in 30 days she'll have another skin scraping. With mange (at least Demodex), you want two clear skin scrapings before you pronounce the mange clear.
She's the sweetest thing ever. Didn't have a problem with any of the poking, prodding, noise or smells of the vet. Fell asleep sprawled in my arms while we waited.
|You can see how long her nails are in this one. Not sure if you can tell, but I'm smeared in the poor girl's blood.|
So...yeah! An hour later and $400 poorer ;), Lucky is on the road to recovery. Please keep this sweet girl in your thoughts!
|This coat was only $3 at PetsMart, and even though we're in Florida, nights are chilly, especially for her! I'm thin, so I can't even grasp how cold she must be when I'm freezing.|
|This girl wants you to know that she's still very much the center of the universe!|
- Dachshund Mommy