March 05, 2020 Thursday Afternoon
Quote of the Day: “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
~ Nelson Mandela ~
Well, this little guy is at the CACC shelter in Chicago, waiting on us to come. Ugh. What is WRONG with people??
At first glance, I thought this was a Mama with puppies crawling on her, until Sara Rhodes told me it is a young male. These are dread locked mats!
He looks as if he has never been groomed. I don’t even want to THINK about how badly his skin is damaged under all of that. Towards the bottom of the picture, you can see the
beginnings of skin decay.
This poor dog did NOTHING to deserve this treatment. He hurts.
His eyes look clear at least. Full of sadness, but clear.
This is the other side of him. Di you think that hurts? Imagine bed sores.
We just named him Bradford. Like The Bradford Exchange.
We plan on him “exchanging” his old life for one of joy and beauty, with your help.
When we get a dog like this into rescue, it’s never as easy as a simple shave down.
Dogs that have been this neglected have other issues. Definitely skin issues. Sometimes the skin is broken down and needs wound treatment.
I can’t even imagine his teeth. He may have hair wrapped around his teeth trying to get to those mats. Yes, we’ve seen that before.
When a Bichon comes into rescue, their normal vetting for everything is around $1000-$1200.00, if nothing out of the normal is wrong.
When we get one like Bradford, we can plan on $1600-$2000.00.
Then on top of that, one of our rescues, named Simon, is between 18 Months and two years old.
Yes, he’s just a cute baby. The last thing you would expect is severe oral/dental issues.
Simon was at our regular vet’s office in Plainfield, Il.
Dr. Blasso called me and said he was noticing something really wrong with Simon’s
He appears to have periodontal disease that is hereditary, as he is so young.
But that’s not all. He has teeth where there aren’t supposed to be teeth and
they were abscessed.
He said this is not normal and he didn’t feel comfortable dealing with this.
That’s when you know you have a good vet.
When he knows his limits and sends you to a specialist.
I don’t know how many of you have ever had to use a Veterinary Dental Specialist, but they are few and far between.
This also makes them VERY expensive, even with a 20% rescue discount. This is the estimate from Dr. Laura Sasser, a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist.
“Attached you will find the exam chart and dental estimate for Simon’s procedure. The low end accounts for the teeth we currently know have some form of disease/infection, while the high end is providing some range if there are other teeth in the oral cavity that show no visible signs of disease, but is underlying.
I will have Dr. Sasser give you a call when she is available. She has a full schedule of appointments today, so it may be later in the day.
Thank you and have a great day!
Can we get a new set of pearly white doggy crowns for that? Probably not.
So that’s where we are.
Bradford is a hot mess and Simon was born with teeth where there aren’t supposed to be teeth, that keep getting infected and have to come out. At least five, maybe more that they can’t even see until they get in there. Not normal teeth. An odd case indeed.
I hope that you want us to help them. Right now we have only four days worth of
operating budget left for the normal and ordinary rescues that come in. Help is needed.
I’m here and will issue all matching donation challenges for Simon and little Bradford (What is WRONG with people??).
All My Love, Robin
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