Guess who has been Adopted!!
We couldn't be happier to announce that after over a year in rescue, through surgery and rehabilitation, Patches has been adopted!
Patches cuddle time with his favorite kitty
Patches helping a scared rescue friend learn to play
One small step...
Patches' First Underwater Steps!
Patches' First Christmas
Day of Surgery - 12/13/17
Patches was injured one week before Irma. He was in Antigua. He was found on the side of the road, unable to use either hind leg. He stayed in a foster in Antigua for the storm, who ended up holding on to him, until he came to our rescue Friday before last. He now uses the right leg to walk, and even hop a long at a good pace. He is painful, when it's nearing time to have his pain meds again. Even under sedation, he was very painful and they had a hard time fully manipulating that left leg (which shows in the xrays). Xrays showed fractures to his pelvis (which are healing) and a complete shattering of the femoral head on the left leg.
Since he's been with me, he has gotten xrays, eval by Dr. Wong (neurology specialist to check on his leg), pain meds, wound tx for the wound on top of foot (It's looking much better now). He is about 7 months old, and 41lbs. HW-, up to date on vaccines, and fully dewormed. He is an absolute joy, he loves other dogs and is good with my daughter (4yrs). He is a bit shy when he first meets people and is in new situations, but quickly overcomes that shyness. He is food motivated, crate trained, and for the most part has no accidents in the house.
Patches saved his foster sister's life!
The story, in the words of his foster mom:
This has been a terrifying day (Nov 23). I've never seen Bufo toads in my yard before, but since the water is much higher now since the hurricane I guess this is going to be an issue. To explain what happened, Varuka, Maleficent and Patches were in the yard sunbathing as they do every morning. I had the back door cracked and I was in the kitchen, where I can see them through the window. Varuka walked inside and was getting on the couch when she dropped to the floor in a seizure. I ran from the kitchen, she expressed her bowels, and continued to seize. I was on speaker phone with Alexandra and I asked her to time the seizure. Varuka has a background suffering from Toxoplasmosis, which causes slow neuro degeneration in the rear. My first thought was that this was a complication from the Toxo, despite the past two years the disease has not presented in any way since her last treatment. As I held Varuka and tried to keep her from hitting her head around, I looked at the other dogs and begged to know what happened. Patches ran out in to the yard and ran back with a huge dead road. Immediately I realized this was a Bufo toad incident and not a seizure. If it weren't for Patches I wouldn't have know what to tell the vet and today might not have turned out this way. I carried Varuka to the car, loaded up Patches and Maleficent too just in case they had gotten any of the poison, Iza and pjs and grabbed my bra to put on in the car. We were in the hospital within 17 minutes of her getting the poison toad. I'm so thankful there was so little traffic and that Doral Hospital was open. These cases are often deadly, and it's only quick action that can save them. I'm still a nervous wreck
Patches & Varuka
Patches was sore and exhausted after his first full day at physical therapy. We are thrilled he has been cleared for surgery!
As soon as Patches' surgery is scheduled, we will post an update!
Nov 30 Pupdate:
After attempting physical therapy with Patches, the specialist has decided that he will need FHO surgery as soon as possible. Therapy will be a major necessity in his after care to ensure his full recovery.
The estimate is now up to $3,000. See fundraiser link for copies of the estimate and vet information.
Nov 15 Pupdate:
Dr. Holtsinger and Dr. have agreed on a one month physical therapy plan before reassessing his progress to decide on surgery. He will need physical therapy twice a week, and we need everyone's help!
The breakdown of rehabilitation therapy just for this month is:
Orthopedic Examination and pain medication - $107.10
Physical Therapy Assessment - $63
Full day physical treatment (8 x 94) - $752
Total for first month - $922.10
November 13, 2017
Patches met and was assessed by Dr. Loser at the Animal Recreation and Rehabilitation Center in Davie. He received his first acupuncture and laser treatment, and has an at home therapy plan for the days between therapy.
November 8, 2017
Patches had a consultation with Dr. Holtsinger, who has recommended with see Dr. Loser to discuss possible physical therapy to help the nerves in the injured leg. She feels that future orthopedic surgery may help, but first we would need to make sure the leg will be able to function - specifically, if we can rebuild the muscle and nerve control of the lower part of the leg and foot.