Molly came to the shelter just one week ago as a prearranged surrender. Her family had one young child and then a premature baby and they felt Molly was not getting enough attention. They sent us photos of a very chubby, bright and alert middle aged Beagle cutie. Our manager has a weakness for Beagles and Beagle mixes so she agreed to take Molly in. The dog that arrived looked nothing like the photos . Molly was dirty, reeked of a urinary tract infection, her ears were horribly infected, and bloody tears streamed down her face. But it didn't stop there. She was also blind and could not stand upright. She either fell over or walked in circles and then collapsed in a pool of urine. She was a dog in critical condition that needed immediate veterinary care. She was in such bad shape our manager wondered if it was too late to help her. The owner thought Molly was fine and insisted that the dog had just been feeling sad due to the lack of attention since the baby's arrival.
Molly was rushed off to a Farm Street Veterinary Clinic in Medfield where she received an exam that showed she had severe ear infections in both ears all the way down to her inner ears and was partially deaf from the long term effects, she was partially blind, was repeatedly walking into walls and could not walk in straight line. Blood work revealed a massive infection from multiple sources. She spent her first night in our care at the vet clinic where they started her on fluids and put her on four medications. Fortunately she started improving right away and let us know what a little trooper she is.
We are happy to report at Molly's one week check up she has her sight back almost completely, her ears are looking better but her hearing is still partially gone, she can walk in a straight line now so the worry of a possible brain tumor is gone. Her spirits are much brighter and she greeted her vet with wags and a woof when presented with a cookie to eat. Part of her recheck visit was to take an x-ray to look for bladder stones. The owners were not truthful with any of her health problems and it was learned after she came in that she has had bladder stones for 2 years that were never removed. The x-rays showed not only that the stones were still there but that she has also been dealing with pneumonia.
As you can imagine a shelter is not the ideal place for a pet that needs a high level of medical care. We are great at rehoming pets and loving them up until that time comes around but we are not a hospital and we do not have unlimited funds to take on a pet that should have been treated by it's owners as problems develop or been surrendered as soon as the first problem occurred. But being the kind of shelter we are we don't back away from an animal in need once it is in our care, we take our commitment to being a no-kill shelter seriously if our veterinary team of local hospitals tell us the pet has a chance. We are trying to find a way to help Molly get all the care she needs to get well and then find her next home. This plucky little beagle who at nearly 7 years old should live to be an old lady of 12 or more deserves another chance to be a loving pet.
Molly is easygoing and sweet, loves her car rides and takes her medication gladly in peanut butter and is thrilled to go for her short walks when she isn't taking long naps on her fleece bed right next to our manager's chair. Could you help us help Molly by donating toward her bladder surgery operation, by fostering her during her recuperation or by adopting her? To help with her expenses, go to MedfieldShelter.com and click on the Donate button. If you are interested in fostering or adopting her, please call 508.359.8989 or send an email.
July 12, 2012
Posted by Medfield Animal Shelter at 5:50 PM