October 2015 --October 20th 2016
To regain strength in her leg muscles Dixie goes to physical therapy twice a week. She benefits from the underwater treadmill as you can see in the video below.
Dixie will need cataract surgery on her right eye once it is operable. Camp Cocker Rescue will fund-raise to help sponsor the surgery for whomever adopts her.
Dixie comes off pretty shy to new people and aloof. It took her about a month in her foster home to really bond and come out of her shell. With people she knows and trusts, she is so sweet. She doesn't ask for much, only to be near her people and to feel safe. Check out the video below to see Dixie give kisses!
Update on Dixie: July 28th 2016
What started out three weeks ago as a hot spot on her lip fold, began to spread to her chin. We were back and forth to four different vet checks at three different vets in the town close to Dixie's foster home.
A culture was done and the infection was determined to be Pseudomonas, Enterococcus and MSRP (similar to MRSA, which is resistant to common anti-biotics). By the time the culture results came back, the infection had spread down her throat, it was looking like a flesh eating disease.
Dixie was on a compounded medication and oral Baytril, but she was not getting any better.
We then ended up at the emergency room last Sunday night because Dixie was declining rapidly. The next day, we drove Dixie down to Dr. Ash's in Anaheim (three hours away by car). Dixie was diagnosed as being severely dehydrated and the infection had gone through her skin and was now on the inside of her body, and she had pneumonia (even though no coughing or nasal discharge, her lungs have infection in them).
Dr. Ash put her on iv fluids and iv Baytril for 72 hours. On Thursday she was perky and seemed to be improving. She desperately wanted to go back to her foster home and so Dr. Ash discharged her. She's been out of the hospital for 48 hours and she is declining again, shivering, but she is not dehydrated. She is lethargic, but is still eating. We don't know what to do other than hospitalize her again with Dr. Ash and perhaps Dixie needs iv antibiotics or injections that are going to work faster?
There is another option of beginning Dixie on a more aggressive anti-biotic called Amikacin. It is a harsh drug that can tax her kidneys, but this drug might kill the bacteria in her body at a faster rate than the Baytril. Dr. Ash has the Amikacin on hand and if that is the next step for Dixie, then we have to just hope that her kidneys will not get damaged as a result of the Amikacin. It's so heartbreaking, to not know what the right thing is to do.
The best we can do today is to take her back to the hospital where if she declines any more, Dr. Ash will catch it and be on top of it.
We would like to take this moment to thank LifeLine4Paws a incredible foundation focused on helping in the long, arduous and (always) expensive journey of rehabilitating animals in dire need! Their donations to our rescue have not gone unnoticed!
Update --- October 22nd 2016
Last week Dixie was having trouble breathing and we took her to the vet who suggested she be rushed to the hospital and put on oxygen immediately. Dixie stayed at the VCA West LA hospital for 10 days in an oxygen chamber while the veterinarians and internists ran tests to figure out what was going on inside her small body. Her pneumonia was back as well as her MRSP. She had signs of an auto immune disease: ulcers on her paw pads, and the tips of her ears that were biopsied had never healed. Dixie could not stand to be outside the oxygen chamber for more than 1 hour. She was miserable.
A very difficult decision was made and her foster mom was beside her. Dixie never complained and never protested from so many tests and procedures. She had never gotten over her first MSRP infection over the summer and had since been declining.
We love you Dixie and you will always be in our hearts
- Camp Cocker Rescue
Dixie was dumped at the North Valley Animal Shelter close to Los Angeles after she was hit by a car. If we hadn't intervened she would have been euthanized. We checked her in to an emergency hospital where she underwent surgery to fix her broken pelvis and hip joint to alleviate pain- a Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO).
And here is a video of Dixie rolling around in the grass with her friends!
Update On Dixie -- August 2016
After a week at the hospital, numerous x-rays, blood work, lab tests, culture swabs, and buckets of anti-biotics- Dixie is now home! We are thrilled to see her improvements day by day such as eating more, sunning herself on the grass, coming up to greet us for pets and love. We are so happy that she is feeling better. We also want to thank each and every one of her supporters who sent her blankets, kind words, and donations to keep up with her vet bills.
In the last few weeks our vet debt has soared to new heights! Thank you to all who have donated! We really appreciate it!