Bernard came to AHS as a transfer from Austin Animal Center, where he was surrendered with another dog to due to owner moving into housing that doesn’t allow pets. After his intake, he tested positive for heartworm, which he needs medication for. It’s a treatable and preventable condition and Bernard should be his happy, active self in no time with support.
Bernard has been getting oral medication treatment for his heartworms to kill the juvenile worms. He has had his first injection and will be getting the rest in the series throughout November. This will kill the adult heartworms. After the injections, he will have 30 days of medication to finish his treatment.
Foster and Adoption
Bernard went to a foster to adopt home. He will get the last two heartworm treatment injections this month and then the adoption will be finalized!
She was surrendered tot he shelter by her owner with several lacerations to her head and neck along with an actively bleeding ulcerated mammary mass and several small tumors on her abdomen.
The shelter staff and volunteers said despite her condition, she was the sweetest and friendliest dog to both the humans and dogs at the shelter. Because of her medical condition, she was given 72 hours to be rescued or face euthanasia.
All of the wounds and lacerations to her face and body were treated. She underwent surgery to remove the ulcerated mammary mass and as many of the tumors as possible. While she was under, she also had all of her teeth cleaned up and a few rotten ones removed.
The mammary mass is cancerous, but it could not all be completely removed otherwise there would not have been enough skin to close her back up. She’s under strict instruction to avoid sun exposure to her abdomen and the vet will work with the foster parents to keep an eye on the remaining masses for the rest of her life.
Foster and Adoption
Ruby went to a foster family to take it easy and recover from the extensive surgery. After caring for her, the family couldn’t imagine their lives without her. “I was creating a reel to promote Ruby and by the time I was done I couldn’t imagine her leaving our home. She has won everyone over in seconds! I never thought I would foster fail but when you know you know,” said her Ruby’s new mom.
Ruby would also like you to know she can do this cool thing with her tongue.
Bastrop County Animal Services contacted Austin Humane Society about taking this little girl on as a special medical case. It was evident Flamingo had issues with her rear right leg and was in pain. She refused to put weight on it and is very sensitive to being touched on it – for good reason.
Flamingo’s hind right kneecap is broken and is twisted around to the inside of the knee, instead of sitting on top of it. The vet believes she suffered a fracture which healed incorrectly. She also has some flaky skin and a callus on her broken leg. Flamingo’s medical support staff recommends amputating her leg to give her the best chance at a pain-free life.
Once this little bird gets her leg amputated, she’ll recover in a medical foster home, where she’ll wait for her forever family to adopt her! She’ll need to wait for her incision to heal and her adopter may need to take her in for a re-check, but the cost of all of her care for the leg is covered by the Foundation.
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.
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Feel better Kevin! Sweet boy! Baldwin Park Animal Hospital is the BEST!
Pinky is a little pittie puppy who was hit by a car. She broke her right rear hip, as well as her left rear knee and ankle. When she was brought to the shelter for help, the vet also found that she had a hookworm case so severe that the vets “were unable to count them all on the microscope slide.” Hookworms cause diarrhea, vaginitis and other symptoms, which poor Pinky is also suffering from.
From her caretakers at Austin Humane Society: “Pinky is the sweetest little girl! She’s a little shy and scared of her new surroundings but is eager for belly rubs and head scratches. When you scratch her head, her eyes immediately close in bliss! She prefers to eat her meals straight out of your hand (can you say spoiled?!) and is as gentle as they come. She constantly wags her tail and asks for attention when she’s in the same room as you!”
Pinky’s x-rays confirmed that she had suffered multiple fractures in her hind leg and hip. Pinky will undergo surgery to repair the ankle and knee as well as a “Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO)” to help give Pinky a chance at mobility with her right hip as she gets bigger.
“Despite being in a lot of pain, Pinky is so gentle and sweet. She is affectionate and loving, constantly searching for attention! She has very soulful eyes and likes to look directly into your yours!”
– Veterinary Technician Jenn, who assisted in Pinky’s veterinary workup as the primary technician
She is staying with partners of Austin Humane who provide orthopedic care, who will look after her before, during and after the surgery. As soon as she’s cleared to leave the hospital, Pinky will go into medical foster rather than going back to the shelter to rest and recover.
Little Car Seat French Fry (yep, that’s his name), was picked up by animal control and taken to the shelter. Once there, it was clear he was suffering from parvovirus – a deadly virus contagious in puppies. Parvo can lead to fever, lethargy and progresses to severe vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms in the puppy leads to dehydration and ultimately damage to their immune system and intestines. French Fry came to the shelter just in time for the stage of parvo he was at.
The vet started treatment on French Fry immediately to give him the best chance at beating the nasty virus his little body was infected with. According to canineparvovirus.org, dogs have an 80% chance of survival if treated within the first 48 hours of infection.
Thankfully, little Car Seat French Fry is part of the happiest of meals now – and is recovering well from the virus! He’s in a foster home learning manners, socializing with other dogs and getting as much love as he deserves. He has a few more vet visits, then will be up for adoption!
Lambert came to the shelter as a stray, covered in fleas and filthy. At 9-years-old, he’s been neglected and not cared for his entire life. During his intake, it was clear that he was in an immense amount of pain due to eye and mouth issues.
Lambert’s discomfort was obvious, so he underwent surgery to remove his eye immediately. It turns out that his eye itself was deformed, which was causing it to not fit properly in the socket. While at the vet, little Lambert also had his mouth looked at. He had twenty rotten and infected teeth removed. Despite all the physical trauma Lambert had been living with, he’s all fixed up and on the path to recovery.
Despite being a stray, everyone at the shelter, vet office and his fosters say that he is the “most precious and sweet senior fella in the land.” He’s very gentle, calm and overall a “super chill dog who is great on the leash (at least for the couple of blocks he’s willing to get his steps in). His main goal in life is looking adorable and binge watching his favorite TV shows… even if it’s out of just one eye.”
Poor little Peanut was hit by a car. Animal control picked him up and dropped him off at a shelter, which isn’t yet no-kill. Austin Humane Society took on Peanut’s case in order to get him the lifesaving care that he needs. The injuries to his hind legs are extensive, and he has a massive open wound that needs treatment.
While at the vet, Peanut had his open wound and other hind leg looked at. The open wound is a fracture on his back right leg that is also severely infected. Upon additional examination, poor Peanut was discovered to also have broken his left back leg.
Supporting Peanut is a whole team of people, who got together to determine the best course of action to treat his medical challenges.
Peanut’s infected leg is being treated with medication and bandages for now. He will have a fracture repair surgery for his back left leg, then once that’s healed, he’ll have his back right leg amputated. In total, Peanut needs funding for the fracture repair surgery, amputation and medication to help him through the healing process.
From staff: “He’s very sweet and easy going! He tolerates his daily bandage changes like a champ.” Because of his injuries, he often gets carried around in his “bed chariot.”
Peanut is currently staying with Austin Humane Society since his infected leg needs daily bandage changes. However, after his surgeries he will go to a foster home to heal pup.
“All he wants is belly rubs and head scratches. His tail wags constantly despite the fact that he must be in pain. He obviously loves human companionship and is a giant sweetie! He loves everyone he meets,” said one of his caretakers at the shelter. “He’s met a few other dogs through the fences out in the potty yard areas and seems to be good with other dogs too. He’s mostly getting carried around because of his injuries but I think he’s naturally curious and likes to walk around as he can!”
Sloane is a four-month-old puppy who came to the shelter with severe deformities in her front legs. This Shepard/Doberman mix is full of joy and ready to be a normal, happy puppy. With surgery, she can be exactly that.
Sloane got some x-rays done to see what was going on in her front legs. The vet diagnosed it as an old injury that had healed incorrectly. Both bones in the lower part of her front leg had fused together. With a successful surgery, she’s expected to heal well and not have mobility issues. However, she is still a puppy and has some growing to do. These injuries and corrective surgery may affect the length of her legs as she gets bigger.
According to her foster family, “Sloan is a big baby who just wants to be a part of the party. She loves to be held like a baby, play with the big dogs, has a great appetite, and her ears have a personality all of their own!”
Sloane not only parties hard, she snoozes hard too.
Rue was found living in an abandoned building and was severely malnourished. She was taken in by rescuers to stay safe. If she had an owner, they were never found, and she arrived at One Tail at a Time for love and support. Upon intake, it was discovered she has a diaphragmatic hernia, a severe condition where there is a break in her diaphragm that is letting her abdominal organs move up into her chest. If left untreated, her shifting organs could potentially crush her heart or lungs.
The vets determined Rue needs surgery to fix her diaphragmatic hernia to prevent the possibility of her organs crushing each other. It is a complex procedure and will need to be performed by a specialist surgeon. We will of course keep everyone pupdated on her surgery progress.
Rue is in a foster home until her surgery. After her procedure, she’ll return to her foster home to rest up until she’s back on all four paws – then she’ll be ready for her forever home and up for adoption!