11/28/20: Please welcome Louise. She and her litter mate, Thelma were abandoned at a veterinary clinic by a breeder because they both have cleft palates. They were then surrendered to GEBR, where our one of dedicated volunteers will help nurse them back to health.
She was born on 11/28/20 and only weighs 4 ounces (a typical English bulldog weighs closer to 11 ounces when born). The next three days are critical to her survival. She will be tube fed every two hours for now.
12/5/20: Louise is one week old and weighs almost 10 ounces now. Her cleft palate his huge and she is struggling a little. Her foster Melissa is currently having to suction her throat out to avoid aspiration pneumonia. She is getting tube every two hours.
12/12/20: Louise weighs 13.5 ounces and her eyes are open.
12/24/20: Louise weighs 1.8 pounds. She is a little small for her age. She is handling the tube feeding well but we will be giving her a little more each feeding to stretch her stomach a bit. She is walking, standing and sitting.
1/2/21: Louise weighs 2.8 pounds and is now eating kibble soaked in goat milk; she is no longer needing to be tube fed.
1/13/21: Louise had her first set of puppy shots.
1/23/21: Louise has moved out of her special care foster home and into her regular foster home.
2/3/21: Louise has her second set of puppy shots today. She weighs six pounds. She is scheduled to see the specialist for cleft pallet surgery on 3/31. She will have a feeding tube for two week following surgery. Once the tube is removed she will transition from wet food back to hard kibble over a six week period while her cleft palate heals.
2/20/21: Louise was taken to the emergency clinic last night; she was lethargic and had labored breathing. While at the clinic she had seizure like activity and her heart stopped. The vet attempted CPR but was not able to get Louise’s heart started again.
February 20, 2021: Louise crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Please keep her foster family in your thoughts.
Rest In Peace Louise
Name That Bully Sponsor: Melissa Brown