Pearl is a Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue Fospice dog, Pearl has Masticatory muscle myositis is an inflammatory disease in dogs affecting the muscles of mastication (chewing). At intake she had very limited mobility, approximately one inch, in her jaw making it very difficult to eat and drink. Pearl’s jaw did have some improvement with treatment, she is now able to open her jaw about two inches.
In the last three days a terrible infection has developed on Pearl’s front legs. This may be in part her immune system has been weakened from the medication she takes to treat her masticatory muscle myositis. The tissue near the infection is likely to die which will cause additional problems for Pearl. She has been given two antibiotic and a pain prescription. We are waiting on lab results and based on the results we may need to change antibiotics.
Pearl is in good spirits and does not have a fever. You may notice the odd shape of her head, that is part of the disease.
Sonny, a nine-month-old has a diagnosis of meningeal fibrosis. In non-medical speak, it means the subarachnoid space (where the spinal fluid is) near the C2 vertebrae is being pinched off and causing his neurological issues. He has a somewhat guarded prognosis, with it being rare and the success rate of surgery being risky and unknown. there is also a possibility of reoccurrence later in life.
Clifford was abandoned in an Arizona desert, he had no water or food and no shelter or relief from the 100 degree heat. While alone in the desert he contracted Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever. The condition develops when a dog with an unhealthy immune system inhales Coccidioses immitis (fungal) spores. The spores grow into spherules within the lungs. Early symptoms are lack energy , fever dry cough and decreased appetite. The spherules will grow until they burst releasing hundreds of endospores which can spread throughout the lungs and other parts of the body where the cycle will repeat itself. If the fungal spores reached other parts of the body the symptoms include painful swollen joints, persistent fever, weight loss, eye inflammation and blindness.
If caught in the early stages most dogs receive 6-12 months of anti fungal medications and recover others may need to be treated longer and others die even with treatment. Clifford has been on medication for 18 months and he has shown improvement. He is retested every few months and we are optimistic that he will recover and be adoptable.
In the last couple of weeks Clifford has had pains that make him cry out. He has seen three different veterinarians and the source of the pain can not be identified. He is now on pain medication.
Clifford is now three and living in Colorado with a foster to adopt family.
Young Juna found her way to Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue in late January of 2021. Juna was diagnosed with global fear. Basically a fear of everyday benign things (in her case, people in general, cars, toys… she pretty much spends the majority of her time hiding). This occurs due to lack of socialization during the critical window (3-12weeks of age). We will never know her past, but some possibilities include being raised in a barn or basement, or being born stray and never interacting with people. . It was 2 months before her foster parents saw her wag her tail, she would refuse to come out of her crate or walk outside, and once outside, would refuse to come in if she thought they were around. She would alligator roll when leashed, and used to scatter and run or cower if her foster parent entered the room. Now she will comfortably go in and out to the backyard, does zoomies and plays with the other dogs, and will even go for pack walks around the neighborhood (although hesitantly). Our goal for Juna is that she will be comfortable and happy in every day life, because at the end of the day, living in fear is not a good quality of life. We by no means expect her to ever be a social butterfly, or comfortable in busy public places (think parks, beaches, markets etc), but she deserves to feel comfortable in her own home… and that is our hope for her.
At 9 years old Cupcake’s life has changed. She found her way to rescue via a Good Samaritan. You could tell she had a few litters over the years. Her skin, fur and teeth were not the best, she had pressure sores from laying on hard surfaces, her ears were pretty nasty, she may have mammary tumors, and she has constant diarrhea. She is a very sweet lady but the worry on her face is heartbreaking. She has all the time she needs to heal physically and emotionally in her foster home.
Cupcake is thriving in her foster home. She has become best friends with her foster brother.
Jake & Jeannie, a bonded pair in Illinois.
Jake, now seven and Jeannie, now eight and one of their female pups were surrendered in April of 2019. The group was living in the back yard and sleeping on an old sofa. They were used for breeding and produced several litters of puppies. Neither adult had seen a vet in several years, at intake Jake had a cherry eye. The owner stated he had it for 4 years. The female pup was adopted.
They are both “fun size”, Jake weighs 87 pounds and Jeannie weighs 80 pounds. Jake and Jeannie are very affectionate, sweet dogs. Jake loves to be outdoors. Jeanne is always by her foster mom’s side.