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April 10, 2023

We picked Carolina up from a Tucson shelter in early April. She is in rough shape and potentially exposed to Strep Zoo (Streptococcus Zooepidemicus). Strep Zoo in dogs is a serious respiratory illness. The symptoms include coughing, nasal discharge, vomiting, labored breathing, and coughing blood. The onset of the illness is typically sudden.

The shelter believes Caroline is about 6 years old, she has been used for breeding, and came to the shelter with a running nose and swelling on her left hind foot. The vet said she has severe bridging spondylosis throughout thoracic and lumbar spine. She is severely underweight – they brought her in at about 80 pounds and gave her body score of 3/9. She is intact, so will need to be spayed, and a heartworm check. The shelter gave her vaccines for Rabies, Intra-trac, and DHPP, and microchipped her.

Caroline rode wonderfully in the car, though it took several minutes to get her into it and calmed down before we left the shelter. She goes right in her crate and never makes a peep – she just seems very laid back. She has let her foster mom clean her ears, and her foster mom  gave her a quick bath outside as it was near 90 degrees and boy did it make her feel better – she got a little zoomy and was play bowing. Caroline doesn’t really know what to do with a ball, but she likes to stand by her foster mom and get attention. She is eating well, and loves food and taking her pills.

Update April 22, 2023

Caroline was diagnosed with a 5/6 heart murmur, she is heartworm positive, has valley fever, needs a dental and at least four teeth extracted. She also has been distended stomach, bleeds when she sneezes and stiff moving.

Update June 28, 2023

Over the last week, with the help of her foster sister, Caroline has been practicing getting in and out of the car using a ramp.

Today, Caroline had her first heartworm Immiticide injection. She was relaxed and went through treatment like a champ. Tonight, Caroline is back home resting in her comfy bed.  Her practice helped; without hesitation she used the ramp to get into the car!

Update August 5, 2023

Caroline finished her series of three heartworm treatments and was an impressive trooper through them all. Her weight is up to 94 pounds, the vet was very impressed with her current physical condition. She is still on restriction for several weeks, so her muscles are not what they should be, but she loves chilling in her new bed or lounging by the pool. Caroline adores the kitten and continues to do well with the two adult cats at her foster home.

Update September 4, 2023

Caroline had an ultrasound of her heart today. The vet recommended she have an echocardiogram. She now weighs 97 pounds. Caroline’s heartworm test came back with no sign of microfilaria, so she is good until a one-year test in March or April.

Update November 4, 2023

Caroline’s mammary tumors have grown, and it was advised we a spay and mastectomy before doing her dental.

Update November 21, 2023

Her pre-surgical bloodwork was great, and she came through surgery wonderfully, no issues at all, very stable throughout the procedure.   Thankfully she wants to be in her crate and rest for now, so she is such an easy keeper.  Caroline does not yet have her regular appetite back but is eating some of her food and has no problem with treats!  Her heart murmur is staying about the same, it will probably never get better at this point.


All of our rescues are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and micro chipped before being placed. Completed application, vet reference and a home check required. We do NOT ship or fly rescues as it’s too stressful on them. For additional information please email us
Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue is a foster based, all volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit charity dedicated to rescuing neglected and abandoned Dogue de Bordeaux, rehabilitating and re-homing them into loving forever homes in the continental United States.

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