A quick update on our gorgeous girl. Stella has been a little under the weather since last week. She was started on doxy early last week as the precursor to heartworm treatment beginning in January. She had a bit of kennel cough, but we had hoped that the doxy would also help clear that up. It didn’t. So, sweet Stella girl went back to the vet first thing on Monday for another check up. It was determined that she had a bit of fluid in her lungs and definitely some upper respiratory stuff still going on – so she started on a few different meds and a steroid to get her all straightened out ASAP!
Stella also had begun limping a TON over the weekend, so the vet went ahead and did a series of X-rays to figure out what else might be going on. To our amazement, Stella’s X-rays showed an entire series of buckshot “pellets” lodged in her leg. It took my breath away to hear that someone had actually SHOT this gorgeous, sweet, mellow, unassuming girl. I still cannot wrap my mind around the fact that this little lady had been shot at. It breaks my heart. It’s a bit difficult to see from the photo below – but do check out Stella’s leg. Poor baby girl.
Stella’s treatment plan has been altered a little since receiving news of the buckshot pellets. There are a few pellets lodged in the bone (or perhaps in between the bones) in her right front leg (the leg we initially thought was an improperly healed fracture). Because she is in so much pain, the vets at our clinic have decided to go ahead and do surgery on her leg prior to her heartworm treatment. They will go in and remove as many pellets as possible, do a bit of exploratory surgery to find out what else might be going on with her right leg, and will be working to repair her leg as needed. Please keep our darling girl in your thoughts and prayers. Obviously, it is less than ideal to put a HW+ dog under anesthesia for surgery, but they’ve deemed it the best option considering how much pain she is currently in.
The better news is that our little lady is packing on the pounds! She gained two pounds from last week, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Hopefully she’ll keep putting on weight and we won’t be able to see her skinny little backbone and hips, soon! Despite her upper respiratory “junk” and the obvious pain from her leg, Stella is absolutely as happy as can be. I could not ask for a better or easier foster pup. She is sweet as can be, loves to be petted, brushed or loved on. She’s obedient, and already knows all of the house rules in just a matter of days. I’m pretty sure she’s going to spoil me for future fosters.
FUNDRAISING UPDATE: We are still collecting donations to help fund Stella’s heartworm treatment and orthopedic surgery! Unfortunately, with the surgery being pushed up due to the amount of pain Stella is in – we are really in crunch time for our fundraising. Please pass along Stella’s story and our chipin page http://bonniebluerescue.chipin.com/help-save-stella . We are currently 57% of the way to our goal and only have $800 more to raise! Please donate if you can (even $5 would make a great difference!) and consider crossposting even if you are not able to donate. You would be amazed at what a difference friends asking friends to help can make. Thank you in advance for all of your help in closing in on our goal. I know that together – we can do it!