Sniffles is a senior guy who came to the shelter missing a nose, bad eyesight, mats, ticks and open wounds. He was a stray who needed some TLC.
Sniffles’ rescuer said: “Once he realized he was safe and we were nice people, he just melted into us. He’s one of the chillest, sweetest dogs.”
While at the vet, Sniffles enjoyed a spa experience with a medicated bath to remove the ticks. In all, over 75 were removed from his little body. The vet thinks his nose is as a result of possibly a result of cancer and no treatment can be done with it since it’s fully healed. Sniffles does have an infection in his eyes and he needs a dental workup too.
Sniffles is currently being looked after in a foster home while his wounds heal up.
Fotis arrived at Austin Pets Alive! with the majority of his tail missing and an infection in what was left of it. He also had mobility and nerve issues in his back limbs. Commonly known as “tail pull injury,” he had trauma to his tail that caused damage to the nerves in his lower back, which also control his hind limbs. Because of this, Fotis has urinary and bladder issues which need medical support. The shelter watched Fotis closely and helped manually express his urine when needed. Fotis needed surgery to help repair his tail and clear the infection.
Though the shelter environment was stressful to Fotis, he quickly earned the love of everyone on staff with his calm, sweet, gentle demeanor.
Fotis underwent the necessary surgery for his tail. The bad news: he lost the remainder of the infected parts of his tail. The good news: he now has a bunny tail and it is very, very cute.
The vet also checked out some superficial wounds, removed some ticks, and evaluated his hind limbs. He was diagnosed as incontinent and will have lifelong urinary retention issues, which will need medical support and supervision. Daily urine output is important to monitor in incontinent dogs, as they are more prone to urinary tract infections (something we definitely don’t want for Mr. Fotis). The vet also advised that dogs with “tail pull” injuries can also be prone to constipation, so Fotis will be monitored for that as well.
Fotis is waiting for his forever home, but in the meantime he is well-loved by his foster family. “Behaviorally, Fotis is a dream dog,” his foster mom says. “It has been such a joy to watch his personality blossom as he has gotten more comfortable in our home. Fotis is incredibly laid back, very affectionate and just all round good natured. He currently lives in a foster home with two human siblings under the age of five and one dog sibling. Fotis’ favorite activities are watching tv with his family, cuddling, taking chill walks in the park, and visiting with friends.”
And… Fotis knows magic! He can make his ears disappear.
Topo Chico lived outside on a tether with several other dogs at his original home in Texas. He was surrendered to a rescuer, who helped transport him to One Tail at a Time. When he arrived, he tested positive for heartworms and had developed a severe heart murmur. This sweet little pup also has blood in his urine, so he needs a lot of medical support.
“Through it all, he has been the sweetest little guy. He rode all the way from Houston to Chicago without a peep!”
Topo Chico is on heartworm medication and will need a cardiology consult to determine what the next steps are to help this little boy’s heart. He’s also on medication for the blood in his urine, but will also need a urinalysis and radiographs to determine the cause of the issue.
Bambi was surrendered as an owner-requested euthanasia, due to the high cost of treating her bloody diarrhea, lethargy and difficulty eating for the previous three days. She was rescued just in time: her symptoms were consistent with parvovirus and she faced euthanasia the same day if someone didn’t step in to help.
She was taken to the vet and thankfully tested negative for parvovirus! She was hooked up to IV fluids for two days to get her rehydrated and medicated. She was put on some anti-diarrheal medications and a specialized diet to get her tummy back on track.
After undergoing treatment, Bambi is now feeling better and in a foster home. “She’s doing so great! She’s really come into her personality. Her hobbies include playing fetch (with balls so big they barely fit in her little mouth) and giving so many snuggles.” Bambi is medically cleared for adoption!
This is Charlize Theron. She was a stray who was hit by a car, fracturing her pelvis. She also has a bad limp favoring her right leg and a swollen knee. Ms. Theron needs surgery to fix the fractures so she can go back to being her glamorous self.
When she went to the vet, she was fearful and in pain. They immediately took x-rays of Charlize to understand the damage she sustained. She had fractured her pelvis in six places – which requires surgery to fix. After her surgery, she’ll be on bedrest for 2 weeks then will need physical therapy and rehabilitation for another 10-12 weeks.
She has a loving, attentive foster home that will help her through the surgery and post-operation care.
Miss Maisel is a sweet, happy hound dog who needs help with masses on her mammary glands and a uterine infection. She will need surgery to remove the masses and reconstructive surgery to patch her chest and belly back up so she can frolic and do beagle-y things.
Miss Maisel is currently in a foster home with a family who is looking after her before, during and after her surgery to make sure she heals up well. She’s “an energetic dog who just loves life” according to the family! She loves going on walks, is VERY food motivated and overall a playful, excitable beagle. Though, she still loves to be lazy and snooze, too…
Juno came into the shelter and was heavily pregnant. She was rescued just twelve hours before going into labor. When she was unable to deliver the puppies herself, she needed urgent help.
Juno was rushed to the vet once she was rescued to get the help she needed as quickly as possible. She ended up being unable to deliver and needing emergency medical intervention when the first puppy got stuck in the birth canal. Juno had five puppies total, but only three survived the birthing process.
Juno is resting comfortably with her new puppies in foster care. When her puppies are old enough, they’ll get the core vaccines they need, as well as spaying and neutering. Both Juno and her puppies will all need loving, caring homes they deserve.
This is Kevin. He was brought to the shelter as an underweight, nervous stray. When offered food, he wasn’t interested. In addition to a handful of medical issues, the poor guy couldn’t catch a break and also caught kennel cough while in the shelter.
Kevin has dental issues, cloudy eyes and, after a veterinary examination, a significant heart murmur. Surgery for dental and neutering can’t take place until the heart murmur is under control. His kennel cough made things worse – he was sneezing, coughing, low energy and losing weight. Usually this can be treated with antibiotics, but because his case was so bad he had to be isolated at the doctor’s office until his symptoms lessened. This took TEN whole days. After he was cleared, he went to a foster home to settle in.
When Kevin was cleared to go back to his foster home, he began eating, playing, and had more energy. He was finally strong and healthy enough for a full vet examination. The vet found he had a heart murmur that will require medical intervention. The plan is for Kevin to see a cardiologist to determine what medication is best for him. Kevin will need this medication for the rest of his life.
Kevin is so tiny (6 pounds total right now!) and he’s a lovebug. He always wants to be held and cuddled. Once he kicked the worst of the kennel cough, his personality really came out! He’s silly, sweet, dances for treats and likes to sleep on pillows.
Sweet Chocolate is a Cocker Spaniel mix who was part of a hoarding case in Los Angeles, CA. He was found filthy, flea-infested, suffered from hair loss and double ear infections. He is also experiencing seizures.
Chocolate had an MRI and spinal tap done at the vet, but everything came back normal. His bloodwork is still being looked at, which will hopefully tell how best to care for this sweet, shy boy. He’s on anti-seizure medications which seem to be helping so far!
Sweet little Chocolate stole the hearts of his new family. They are working closely with the vets to monitor and treat his seizures.
This is Layla. She’s a senior gal that came to the shelter as a stray in rough condition. Layla has skin masses in multiple places on her body, broken teeth, ear infections, skin issues, and arthritis that limits her mobility. Layla needs medication, physical therapy and supplements to help her feel healthy again.
From our partner, Deity Animal Rescue: “We met her in her kennel where she sat at the front, staring at us, asking us for help. We saw the the magic in her eyes at that moment and couldn’t leave her.”
Despite her physical condition, Layla is sweet as pie. She was a bit nervous in the shelter, but she was never anything other than friendly to the humans who helped her.
Getting her physical condition looked at and a plan of action in place for her treatment was top priority. She has multiple skin masses, some “hanging masses” on her chest and a mass on her eyelid. The vet determined that these are mostly superficial and don’t need to be removed, but she will continue to be monitored for any changes.
She also has ground down and broken teeth, which require a dental appointment to clean and fix up.
Layla’s most pressing concern is her arthritis, which severely limits her mobility. She is very stiff throughout her body and will benefit from medication, physical therapy and supplements to help her limber up.
In her foster home, she’s known as “the mayor,” because she stops and greets everyone she passes on walks. She’s very friendly and gentle to all who approach her.