We need help!
Recently Pitbulls For Life has taken in 12 medical cases that require ongoing care and treatment. Our vet bills are increasing by the day, and we need some assistance! Please consider donating to our medical pups recovery!
All our severe medical cases were brought into PBFL from Hobemma. Their intake was facilitated by the local village liaison Vern, and the Alberta Spay & Neuter Task Force (ASNTF), a registered Alberta charity that works with several First Nation Communities. The ASNTF has developed a relationship within these communities to assist them develop and implement a community approach to improving the health and wellness of the companion animals living in the communities, as well as to reduce the risk of human health issues resulting from pet overpopulation. Many of these rural communities lack the resources needed to care for these animals properly and humanely. Often these clinics result in large numbers of sever medical cases being surrendered to the ASNTF who then reach out to area rescues to assist.
The first of our medical cases are Mowgli and Shanti, who came in together and who are, we suspect, related. Both had infected quills throughout their bodies and faces, as well as emaciation and cherry eye. Mowgli and Shanti have been recovering and gaining weight after several sets of xrays, antibiotics and pain killers while the quills work their way out. Mowgli is well on his way to recovery and has undergone his neuter and cherry eye surgery and is heading towards pleasantly plump with regular meals, Shanti however is having a much slower recuperation, likely due to being younger and more affected by the combination of infection and starvation prior to medical treatment.
Our second medical case if Neiko. A darling boy, Neiko was another emergency intake with a suspected bone lodged in his throat affecting his breathing. Xrays showed nothing, so he was started on antibiotics for a respiratory infection. Several days later, Neiko showed no improvement and was taking a turn for the worst and was rushed back to the vet where xrays indicated he may have progressed into pneumonia. Another course of meds, and Neiko showed slight improvement but not enough for the doctors to be happy. Another set of xrays has shown little improvement to Neiko’s lungs, so he will now undergo a lavage to allow the vets to investigate further. Unknown at this time what his diagnosis will be, but his bills are adding up!
Our next intake was Vern. Vern is a fiery little puppy about 3 months old who came in with severe demodex mange and a belly full of parasites. Vern went to the emergency room on arrival, and had several shaky days in and out of the vet clinic on fluids as he was spiking a temperature and had no appetite. After expelling a substantial parasite load, Vern seems to be feeling much better and is healing from his mange, though has a long ways to go in his recovery.
Over the weekend we agreed to take in Freddie, who we strongly suspect came from Vern’s litter. Suffering from mange as well, Freddie is a little pistol and the life of the party according to the vets. Showing improvement already, Freddie is on our medical hold list with increasing vet bills as he recovers.
Gordie is another new intake who came in from this weekends ASNTF clinic with a face full of quills. Gordie will need some supportive medical care while he heals up from the removal.
Sally is a momma that appears to have had several litters and came in with a huge abscess on her face that will require some medical care to heal properly.
The Fab Five- At the tail end of the clinic we received word there was a litter of 5 pitbull puppies being surrendered. Four of the five appear to be ok, however one is quite sickly and may require extra care to recover. Pups are being assessed by the vets and we will know more in the next few days on their health status.