This itty bitty (3.52 lbs) lady was found as a stray and brought into the shelter. “She was crying, pacing, shaking and seemed to be missing her lower jaw. She broke our hearts,” said the staff at Real Good Rescue. They couldn’t leave her there.
Once her stray hold was up, she left the shelter and, at 10 years, old was on her way to finally start to living the life she was always meant to. Healthy and loved.
She went directly to vet for a full senior work up once she was released. She had several panels done, including blood and fecal, as well as a thorough examination and x-rays to evaluate her jaw.
X-rays confirmed that her jaw was in fact missing due to severe dental disease.
In fact, she has no teeth at all.
She needed surgery to get other issues fixed up. Her bloodwork indicated she could undergo anesthesia. Tabitha was spayed, and at the same time she had a mammary mass removed to be biopsied and a gastronomy to remove a washer from her abdomen.
Tabitha Chicken Bean is recovering comfortably in a medical foster home where she can sleep as much as she wants. “She does a lot of sleeping, when she’s not on one of her three meals a day. She needs to be fattened up!” Tabitha has a follow up vet visit scheduled to track her recovery process.