OPAL WAS FOUND IN A WINDOW WELL WITH AN ABSCESSED WOUND! The autumn weather was just starting to turn cold when Opal showed up on her foster mom’s doorstep. She was quite thin, and had a large swelling on her back. Thinking it was the neighbor’s cat, the foster mom left her outside, but was heartbroken to find Opal sleeping in her window well for the next few nights. After finding out that she did not belong to the neighbor, and checking with animal control and the local police, with no report of Opal being a lost cat, her foster mom and IDR+ decided to take her in. When she did, she found that Opal had a large wound on the lower part of her back that was most likely caused by the bite of another animal. It was oozing pus from a large pocket that had developed and looked to be very painful and infected.
After a check by the vet, the wound was thoroughly flushed and drains were inserted to help it heal more quickly. Opal was sent home with instructions to move the drains slightly each day and to return for a follow up check. Her vet bill for the wound and her other medical totals $286 to date. If you are interested in learning more about Opal who has been a wonderful patient and is ready for adoption, please email email@example.com [Opal is fostered in WAUCONDA.]
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Connery is another medical case from Doberman Assistance Network. He is a 4- to 5-year-old boy who has a seriously injured front leg–possibly from getting caught in a trap (or something) and attempting to chew himself free. After months of healing, he is ready to be adopted. He runs around with no problem, and he leaves it alone for the most part, but his foster mom puts a cone on him at night to be safe. He is perfectly cratetrained, and he has not had any accidents. He is friendly with people and was great for laser therapy at the vet. In his crate, he grumbles at the passing dogs, but he has been out to play nicely with females. He has not been around cats, and he should be good with kids 7 and up. Email OrphanDobe@ameritech.net.
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Phoenix is another medical case that came to IDR+ with the help of the Doberman Assistance Network. She has a horrific case of mange, and as you can see from her photos, she has already made huge improvements in her original foster home through DAN. We were told by the previous vet that she skin scraped negative for mange, so we did not know what we were dealing with. However, when she was at our vet for her entropian eye surgery, we had her scraped again, and she is positive for mange. Luckily, we were already giving her mange meds just in case, so she has a head start. She can be dipped once her stitches are out. She can be adopted now as long as her adopter is able to continue her treatments. IDR+ will cover all of her mange medication. Phoenix is about 2 years old, and she is said to be good with other dogs, but we do not mingle her due to her skin. She loves to play bow to all of them. She still needs to learn a few skills and is on the shy side with new situations, but is improving every day. Email OrphanDobe@ameritech.net.
* Jane Genzel is one of IDR+’s own angels. She donates to help with our medical cases and those less fortunate. This time the donation is for Phoenix. May she find her way to a much better place and a forever home of her own!
* Another angel for Phoenix – Patricia Spagnola sponsors a month of food for this young girl. Thanks Patricia!
* A southern angel this time, all the way from Alabama. Joy Parkman makes a generous donation for Phoenix’s care. Thanks Joy!
* Sara Devore Austin generously sponsors care for another IDR+ orphan. This time she sponsors vaccinations for Phoenix. Preventive care is so important to getting and keeping our dogs healthy. Thanks Sara!
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This poor boy was hit by a car. They did find his owners, but they did not want to pay for any of his medical issues. He has been hospitalized with us since 9/6, and we wish we had some better news. He has a broken pelvis and appears to have nerve damage as one leg is “dead,” and our vet cannot see it regaining anything, so it would have to be amputated. That is obviously something we can do; however, he has only limited movement in the other back leg. They think that might be due to the swelling and trauma. Or at least that is what we are all hoping. We do not know if what the outcome will be for this sweet boy so keep him in your thoughts.
UPDATE 10/4: Humpty has been hospitalized for over 3 weeks now, and his vet bills are piling up, and he is worth every penny! Everyone at the vet raves about his personality. He needs to be at the vet so long because it takes 2 people get him up to move around to keep his muscles healthy. He has also not been able to urinate on his own. They have to catheterize and express his bladder, but we had a huge milestone yesterday when he peed on his own. The vet believes it’s temporary nerve damage and trauma, and he should continue to improve. He is leaving the vet tomorrow to go to the special medical foster home who will continue to care for him. He will have the worse leg (the one in the bandage) amputated, but that’s later. He is not out of the woods, but we see some light.
UPDATE 10/22: Humpty has gained full bladder control, so the vet is amputating his bad rear leg tomorrow. Keep him in your thoughts.
UPDATE: 11/9: Humpty is now doing well after his surgery. It did take him a few weeks to recover as he appears to have vWD (bleeding disorder in Dobes). We will test him in a few weeks. So our million dollar miracle dog is now ready for adoption. He cannot go to a home with more than 2 steps as he is still adjusting to losing his leg.
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Raffle and Auction Donation Items
We are always accepting donations of products or gift certificates for our event raffles and auctions. If you are in a position to donate products or services, or you are willing to ask someone you know to donate, please email Pam at orphanDobe@ameritech.net
Ask places you are a frequent customer at. We can provide you with a donation letter if needed. No donation is too small. Smaller items are often grouped in baskets. Use your imagination!
Desperately In Need of Cat/Kitten Items
Canned Cat and Kitten Food
Kitten Milk Replacer
Kitten Dry Food
Litter (any kind/brand)
Liquid Laundry Detergent
Garbage Bags (extra strong)
New Litter Boxes