12/17/20: Please welcome Dusty. He came into rescue with Daisy Lynn. There owner was no longer able to care for them, so they were turned over to us. They need exams, vaccinations, and treatment for severe skin infections and bladder infections and hook worms. They are underweight and appear to have weak back legs. We are hopeful that quality food and joint supplements will help them get healthy and stronger. They will be evaluated by the orthopedic specialist once they are feeling better. We will be treating the skin infections with oral medication and medicated baths twice a week. They will see the vet in three weeks for a recheck on their skin.
We are told they are bonded litter mates. We will so how things go and if they are truly bonded, they will be adopted together.
1/6/21: Daisy Lynn and Dusty saw the vet today for rechecks on their skin. Their bladder infections are cleared up but the infections are going to take more time. We are continuing with oral medication and medicated baths twice a week and they will see the vet again in two weeks.
2/23/21: Daisy Lynn and Dusty saw the orthopedic surgeon today for a consultation. The x-rays do show that they both have hip dysplasia and knee issues but we are not certain that surgery is the best option for either of them. They will be on joint supplements, carprofen and gabapentin for life. A home with few steps would be ideal for them. It sounds like they are destine to be couch potatoes and they are very happy about that!
Diagnosis: Neurologic weakness, bilateral cruciate tears, bilateral hip dysplasia
Medications: Carprofin 50mg every 12 hours and Gabapentin: 200 mg every 12 hours.
Recommendations: I think most of his difficulty is neurologic rather than orthopedic, but it is tough to know with certainty. I do not strongly recommended knee surgery as I do not think it will make much difference in his quality of life.
6/9/21 – Daisy Lynn and Dusty have been getting to fights on a regular basis so we decided to spilt them up and see how they do on their own.
12/1/21 – Dusty is still searching for her perfect retirement home with no dogs and few steps!
5/25/22 – Dusty has been battling a bladder infection and had surgery today to have a significant bladder stone removed. All went well and we are waiting on the stone biopsy report and urine culture.
6/14/22 – We got the urine test and the stone biopsy back. I don’t think we have any easy answers or solutions at this moment. The stone is a urate stone, which is the less common type. They are typically from generic abnormalities or can be caused by liver issues. Our next step is to do a bile acid test and go from there. We may need a consult with the internal medicine specialist depending on what the test results are. His urine still has bacteria. The iv amikacin treatment that we did a few weeks back did help some, there is less bacteria then before, but it has not cleared it up completely. We are moving forward with another five days of this treatment.
approximate age: 7
approximate weight: 1
likes dogs: he seems to get along fine with other dogs out in public. We feel that Dusty would prefer to be an only dog in the home so he can have all of the attention.
likes cats: we have not seen him around cats
likes kids: we have not seen him around young children
food: Taste Of The Wild, Pacific Stream
lifelong medications: joint supplements, carprofen, gabapentin
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