12/5/20: Please welcome JD. He was turned over to us by a breeder because of his cleft palate. He will be cared for by one of dedicated volunteers that will help nurse him back to health.
He was born on Thursday, December 3. He weighs 8.5 ounces, which is a perfect size for a new born French Bulldog. He is strong and healthy but the next three days are critical to her survival. She will be tube fed every two hours for now.
12/12/20: JD weighs 2.5 ounces
12/16/20: JD opened his eyes today!
12/24/20: JD weighs 1.5 pounds. He is a good weight for his age. He is handling the tube feeding well. He is walking, standing and sitting.
1/2/21: JD weighs 2.1 pounds and is now eating kibble soaked in goat milk; he is not longer needing to be tube fed.
1/13/21: JD had his first set of puppy shots.
1/23/21: JD has moved out of his special care foster home and into his regular foster home.
2/3/21: JD has his second set of puppy shots today. He weighs 3.75 pounds. He is scheduled to see the specialist for cleft pallet surgery on 4/14. He will have a feeding tube for two week following surgery. Once the tube is removed he will transition from wet food back to hard kibble over a six week period while his cleft palate heals.
3/22/21: JD had his cleft palate surgery today and all went well. He will have a feeding tube for two weeks following surgery. Once the tube is removed he will transition from wet food back to hard kibble over a six week period while his cleft palate heals. We are hopeful that his first surgery is a total success and that he will not need additional revision surgeries down the road.
4/5/21 – JD got his feeding tube removed today and has been cleared to drink water and eat canned food. He is still not allowed to put anything else in his mouth for the time being; not even soft toys. There is a small part at the top of his incision that we will be monitoring closely. We hope it heals completely but if not he will need a revision surgery in the future. We will be updating the surgeon weekly with photos of the roof of his mouth and move forward as instructed by her. We are hopeful that after two weeks of eating canned food that he will be able to transition to the next steps which will be hard kibble soaked in water.
5/31/21 – JD has been adopted by his foster parents. Congrats JD, Hunter and Mathew!
Name That Bully Sponsor: Melissa Brown