Timber is a Chi x that had a really bad start in life, and is a rescue from an extreme hoarding situation. She lived in fear and filth for her entire life, eating scraps, and no doubt was forced to have many litters, before being rescued last year. We have approximated her age at 10 years. In the past year, our team has gathered together, with each foster parent offering their expertise; first with socialization and behavioural issues and teaching this old gal how to be a "dog", and now with her health. She has flourished under our wonderful volunteers' assistance. Now we are dealing with the daunting task of evaluating and healing this darling gal.
Timber's foster mom is providing a very healthy food for senior dogs, and supplementing with an MSM, glucosamine, chrondroitin tablet and provides The Missing Link supplement as well. After eating an extremely bad diet for her lifetime, she is starting to look better, and her coat and skin is improving. Timber has already had dental cleaning and most of her teeth removed.
Timber has a heart murmur, and thyroid issues. She takes medication for her thyroid and we are pleased that this is under control. This, of course will be an ongoing issue to monitor.
Timber has a severe back injury in the thoracic (middle) area of her spine - from an "extreme trauma" for which we will never know its cause. Although she loves to be petted on her head, her mid-back is extremely painful. She needs to be handled with care, and picked up in certain way to avoid pain. Her tail end of her back is not sore, and her foster mom is working with stretching her leg muscles when she is relaxed trying to ensure her legs and muscles are as strong as possible. She can go up and down (carpeted) stairs and can go on short walks. She has started on a low dose of Rheumocam, an anti-inflammatory, to ease her pain, and her back injury will need to be closely watched as she continues to age.
Timber's next serious issue we need to deal with is that she has a growth on her back, left leg. (Her x-ray also revealed that she has a weak left knee.) At the time of writing this, we are waiting for results from the Vet. Timber's growth will need to be removed as touching the lump, or area, is very sensitive for her as well.
Timber is a survivor, and while we are waiting to find the right home with perfect loving care, and a lot of routine, we need assistance in making her health a priority. Prevention and care now, will most certainly aid in her comfort as she grows older.
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