Blegs, saving old dogs, and what I’m doing for the next few days

Rescuing old dogs from shelters does not meet any efficiency criteria. They do not place very readily. When a rescue takes them, their rationale derives from pure human sentiment, the idea that getting old is not a sin, and that dying in comfort surrounded by affection means something in this rotten world.

If you would like to contribute the medical bills we’re about to take on, you can give a tax-deductible donation to lschwei@icloud.com via PayPal.

Got this from an adoption coordinator for LA County:

They were seized from a home. It seems that the mother was ill and taking very poor care of the dogs, and her children were doing nothing to help. On the mother’s death bed, (or so they say), mom asked them to look after the dogs. They didn’t. The dogs were found in an icky house, no food or water, barely moving, matted and covered in fleas. My guess is they’ve endured a lot and I’d like to see them have a chance a good, decent and happy life. Can you please help??

My 501c3 organization is taking these dogs even though I doubt any but the younger Shih Tzu in the middle will place. But sometimes dogs do very well once they get food and care, and you only need to find one home with a generous and loving heart.

A4620465 12yr old neutered male, has medical issues such as eye, skin and needs a dental.

Image005

Medical notes:
– Left eye cloudy, poss. cataract, right eye dry, poss blind/KCS .Severe plaque build up,some missing teeth.
Cardiovascular/Respiratory- NSF
Abdomen- NSF
Musculoskeletal- Difficulty walking, poss. arthritis.
Neurologic- NSF
Lymph nodes- NSF
Genito-urinary- NSF
Integument- Mild alopecia on the rump area, poss. FAD vs. open. Cloudiness on left eye, poss. cataract, on right eye, poss. KCS.
A: Dog has severe dental disease, Cataract on left eye and poss. KCS on right eye and mild flea bite hypersensitivity, atopy open.
P: Continue giving medication as prescribed. Adopt on health waiver. Eye may need to be seen by an eye specialist
Rx. Amoxi 50 mg BID x 7 days.

A4620463 8yr spayed female has URI and severely matted hair/ coat.

Image006

Medical notes:
URI (DOG)
S: On vet check for possible URI with nasal discharge and cough. Patient started on doxycycline50mg PO SID x 10 days.

O: PHYSICAL EXAM (visual)
GEN: BARH, Resp 30, BCS 4/9
EENT: Moderate mucopurulent nasal discharge. No coughing or sneezing appreciated.
RESP: Appropriate respiration with no excessive panting or abdominal breathing.
CV: NSF
SKIN: Severely matted hair coat.
ABD: NSF
GI/GU: NSF
MS: Ambulatory x 4. No gait abnormalities appreciated.
NEURO: Appropriate mentation with no obvious abnormalities. Full neuro exam not performed.
LN: NSF
A:
1) URI : r/o infectious tracheobronchitis (Bordetella, Canine adenovirus 2, parainfluenza, distemper) vs inflammatory (eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy) vs foreign body (foxtail) vs fungal (aspergillosis) vs neoplasia
P:
Continue doxycycline 50mg PO SID x 10 days. GIVE WITH FOOD.
OK to groom (if possible).

Monitor for appetite, behavior and worsening condition and contact veterinarian if this occurs. Feed canned food to entice appetite, if necessary. If this patient continues to show signs after 7 days, bring to veterinarian for refill of medication. The infection may take up to 3 weeks to clear.
OK to go out on health waiver/trust. URI- RETURN 1 WEEK AFTER MEDICATION IS DONE AND SIGNS HAVE DISSIPATED.

A4620464 10yr intact female GERIATRIC – both eyes missing possibly both are surgically removed. Weak hindquarter & right leg deformed possibly old healed injury

Image009

MEDICAL NOTES
BCS= 2.5/9
MM- pink CRT- < 2 sec Mentation- BAR
EENT- both eyes missing possibly both are surgically removed
Cardiovascular/Respiratory- NSF
Abdomen- NSF
Musculoskeletal- weak hindquarter & right leg deformed possibly old healed injury
Neurologic- NSF
Lymph nodes- NSF
Genito-urinary- NSF
Integument- severe flea infestation
Vaccinate + Frontline
per shelter protocol started 25 mg rimadyl p/o sid x 7 days
Vet to re-assess general condition & treatment provided
extra feedings