Turner ARPH #13892 (Texas)
This sweet, gentle soul is an approximately 8-9 year old blue merle male we've named Turner. He was picked up as a stray in Corsicana, TX and was never reclaimed... which is a terrible shame, as Turner was clearly a beloved pet once before. He came to our program already neutered, and knows how to sit, shake (with both paws), lay down, and roll over. He is totally house-broken, has wonderful manners, and walks beautifully on a leash. He also has evidence of a prior hip surgery, something that is very expensive! We wish Turner could tell us his story so we could track down the person who put so much time and love into him.
We have been administering long-term treatment to Turner for advanced heartworms through a "slow-kill method" - what that means is we are slowly allowing the worms to die off by stopping their reproduction cycle instead of the standard "injection treatment" that kills the worms right away. We chose this method due to the stage and severity of his infection - X-rays show that he has permanent damage from them and our Vets were concerned about his ability to physically handle the usual course of treatment. Through no fault of his own, it has come to our realization that Turner will always need to be on a medicinal protocol to help control and maintain his comfort level... but we know he has plenty of life left in him and he has shown us he can be comfortable and happy. So we are looking for a home that will not hold his medical needs (or his age) against him and provide him with a loving retirement home!
(PS: X-rays also showed that he had been shot before.... so whatever happened between his first owner and ending up in the shelter system, we may never know.)
*Adoption fees do not begin to cover the expenses that are needed for dogs who have needs above the normal vetting expenses. Please consider helping us by donating to Turner's care. No donation is too small. Donations can be submitted by clicking on the PayPal button below. Turner and the volunteers at ARPH thank you for your consideration!
Pax ARPH #13624 (Mid-Atlantic)
Meet Pax. Pax hails from Ashtabula Ohio, where he was picked up as a stray matted, filthy and, sadly heartworm positive. No one was willing to adopt a heartworm positive dog, and Pax was running out of time when a volunteer reached out to us. He had become a favorite of the shelter staff and no wonder! Friendly, gentle, polite – when he jumps up, he won't even touch you with his paws! Pax's past is a mystery – he clearly knew what it was like to live in a house, is very civilized, and not at all fearful. He LOVES to play ball and will gently give it to you, but will cringe if you raise a stick to throw. He takes treats so gently you barely feel it.
We'll never know what led to Pax being found in such deplorable condition infected with heartworm. Heartworm is so preventable, but once a dog has it, treatment takes a long time, is very expensive and painful for the dog. They start with 30 days on doxicyclene, then they get the first injection of immiticide into a muscle on their back. Then 30 days of crate rest, and two more back to back injections 24 hours apart and another 30-60 days of rest. The injections are painful – so much so that the dogs are given tramidol to help them through. Pax has gotten his first injection, and is now on crate rest. He's doing well, no side effects, but we need to raise money to cover his vet bill, estimated at $985 if there are no complications. Can you be Pax's hero?
Jake ARPH #13693 (Midwest)
Jake ARPH #13693 needs your help!!
Meet Jake, miracle dog! Jake came into ARPH when family stated they could not provide the needed exercise for him. Upon his entry into ARPH, Jake met with the veterinarian for routine shots and a check-up. At that vet visit a significant heart murmur was detected. A cardiology evaluation was recommended and a faulty valve was suspected. Everyone, cardiologist included, were surprised to learn Jake, after 7 ½ years, had a congenital heart defect. Jake was diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).
Mammals, including humans, as a fetus have a blood vessel in their heart that allows blood to bypass the lungs allowing blood to flow directly into the aorta. After birth, the ductus arteriosus closes, blood flows to the lungs to be oxygenated and circulated throughout the body. When this vessel does not close, blood flows into the left ventricle, enlargement and congestive heart failure are imminent.
Most dogs with this untreated defect don’t see their first birthday. That Jake has seen seven birthdays and headed toward his eighth makes him a miracle dog. Jake loves to snuggle, run, play, dance, chase squirrels and romp with his foster siblings. He does get tired though and sleeps soundly after a rambunctious day. His heart murmur is so pronounced that it can be felt externally simply by placing a hand on the left side of his chest by his arm pit. It feels like water chugging through a hose. A review of his past vet records denotes the murmur is getting worse.
Jake is an awesome dog. He is happy, friendly and full of life. Without treatment, Jake’s life is compromised and will abruptly end. The good news is that there is a surgical procedure done at University Veterinary Hospitals that can have Jake as good as new after a two week recovery period. The procedure is non-evasive, going through a blood vessel, putting a plug in the ductus arteriosus and stopping the blood from flowing in the wrong direction. Once complete, there will be no further damage to his heart. Jake can live a normal, long and happy life. This procedure is only done by a Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist and is expensive even with a discounted rescue rate. The tests for diagnosis, treatment, plug, procedure and post procedure testing will cost over $5500.00.
Anyone who meets Jake falls instantly in love. This happy lovable guy could have a very long, happy life, spreading his infectious enthusiasm everywhere he goes. Please, look at those beautiful brown eyes and help Jake get the surgery he needs. Any donation, no matter how large or small helps. ARPH thanks you and Jake sends dog kisses.
UPDATE July 15/17:
Jake underwent cardiac surgery on Thursday at the University of WI for the closure of a congenital condition, Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Jake is out of the hospital and recovering in his foster home. He is on medications and activity restrictions at this time. His medical release is anticipated in 2 months if all goes well with his recovery. A big thanks to Jake's generous donors who helped to maker this surgery possible and to ARPH's management team for approving Jake's critical surgery.
Rose ARPH #13734
Rose aka Rosie, ARPH #13734, needs some help. She had a large mat on her neck that the skin had grown into, apparently from the e-collar she was wearing. It required a trip to the vet to have it cut off. The embedded skin was partly necrotic , and they had to find clean live edges to stitch up. The vet determined that the mat was burned hair and blood, apparently from electric shocks. The owner said Rose always wore the collar until just before our volunteer arrived to meet her. Rosie escaped the fence regularly so no doubt had many shocks. :( The owner said their Wheaten Terrier (for which they were also looking for a home) had also worn a collar until they discovered her hair was singed and skin burned, so they removed it and treated her. They never checked Rose. The poor dog!! Thankfully, Rosie holds no ill will toward any humans and is a busy, happy girl that will be available for adoption soon.
ARPH will pay the extra vet expenses, but donations to help defray the cost would be very much appreciated. Total bill is $617.44. Any donations received over that amount will go to help other dogs. Thank you so much!