Louise ARPH #13664 (Oregon)
Louise came to ARPH on January 24, 2017 because her owner could not afford her seizure medication and care. She is a sweetheart and is very good with the foster home dogs. Aussie Rescue has begun vetting her and our vet commented on how well behaved she is. We will be evaluating her treatment and medication regimen to see if we can get her seizures under control so that she is adoptable.
Medication for her will cost approximately $120 per month and she will require regular bloodwork. We believe, at age 4 years old, Louise can have a wonderful quality of life, with the right adopter, despite her diagnosis. Epilepsy is a tough disease for a beautiful Aussie to have and ARPH needs funds to ensure she can stay healthy with regular medication. Can you please help?
*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 Louise's care. No donation is too small. Donations can be submitted by clicking on the PayPal button below. Louise and the volunteers at ARPH thank you for your consideration!
Kiitos ARPH #13584 (Texas)
"Kiitos" (pronounced 'Kee-toes') is Finnish for "thanks", a fitting name for this boy!
Due to his overall poor physical condition at this time, he will definitely require above average medical expenses, especially in regards to the large growth/possible tumor. He is loaded with intestinal parasites and unfortunately, though not surprisingly, also tested heartworm positive.
Kiitos camet into ARPH on October 25 and remained with our awesome vet team his first night. The growth was surgically removed the following morning and sent off to Texas A&M University for biopsy and evaluation.
Surgery was more complicated than originally expected. Attachment to his leg/foot was very vascular with a lot of blood vessels, resulting in more blood loss than hoped. This also caused the incision site to not be able to be fully closed, so he will require daily wet/dry bandage changes.
He is currently out of surgery and awake. He is being stabilized on fluid therapy and antibiotics, but won't be able to go home today like originally planned.
Official results and diagnosis may take up to a week to come back from A&M, but our Vet team feels fairly confident it will be benign due to the likelihood that if it wasn't, it probably would have killed him by now.
The tumor weighed just over 2 lbs and was made up of what most closely resembled a cartilage-like material. Whatever it ends up being, the vet staff was amazed at its sheer size and ended up naming it Fred (LOL - have to keep the mood light somehow, right?) .
Kiitos is stable and may get to come home tomorrow, but this is still just the beginning of his medical journey. Stay tuned!
We will keep everyone informed as we learn more. Keep positive thoughts for our boy, we are so attached to him already!
UPDATE Nov 18:
From Kiitos' foster mom:
It has been a couple weeks since I've posted about Kiitos. The tumor removed from his leg was benign and at 3 weeks post op the huge incision is completely healed and he no longer has to wear a bandage. He will be happy about that!
His red blood cell count was back to a normal level so he did get neutered today. That means he is still on restricted exercise. He also started his pretreatment for heartworms this week so in mid-December he should be able to receive his first of 3 injections to get rid of the heartworms.
He is also being treated for an ear infection. Hoping that once that is cleared up his hearing will be even better than it is now. He is the sweetest boy and loves everybody he meets. They all love him too. He doesn't mind being crated, likes to ride in the car, is playing a little bit with toys, and loves his belly rubs.
Thank you to everyone who has donated toward his care.
*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 Kiitos' care. No donation is too small. Donations can be submitted by clicking on the PayPal button below. Kiitos and the volunteers at ARPH thank you for your consideration!