A Fighting Chance - Save Puppy Nix!

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Raised by 130 people in 17 days
It seems that our homeless animal friends in this area just can’t catch a break this year. Critter Crusaders received an urgent call early this afternoon about a puppy who was attacked by another dog in her foster home! CC took her case – her injuries are life-threatening, and she is receiving emergency care at the East Iowa Veterinary Specialty Clinic.

Sweet little five-month-old Nix has had a rough start in life! She has battled a variety of parasites that she was plagued with when Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue took her in - she is now parasite-free had just started go gain weight when she was attacked by another dog in her foster home today! The foster mom single handedly got the fight stopped but not before little Nix suffered serious life-threatening injuries! She is at high risk for life-threatening sepsis with many wounds over her body which are tremendously deep and dirty, and they believe some of these puncture wounds may have gone into her abdominal cavity, so it is possible that she may have internal injuries and the skilled doctors at EIVSC are monitoring her closely for any such signs.  She has a partial pneumothorax (small collapse of a lung).  Nix is critical, and it is possible that she may need surgery if internal complications arise.

As you can see by her photo below, taken before her accident, this adorable girl loves to play in the snow and it is our goal to restore her health and give her life back to her! Nix’ medical bills will be extremely costly, and we need your help with our efforts to save this little girl! All donations will go directly to her medical expenses. Please consider donating for Nix’ medical expenses and you can also help by sharing this fundraiser with your friends on Facebook or by email.

There are more photos of Nix' injuries on Update #1. A warning that some might find them graphic and upsetting.

Nix and Critter Crusaders Thank You!

Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids is a 501C3 Charity PO Box 10111
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0111

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Baby Nix Update Monday March 19th, 7:45pm

It has been a little over two weeks since puppy Nix came to CC as a critical care emergency from our great friends at Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue. Nix was attacked by another dog and spent many days at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center. Dog attacks are unique injuries. There is a high probablility of sepsis, of tissue death due to the crush-type injury and ongoing complications once stable. Nix returns to EIVSC on a daily basis since her release due to the challenges of healing deep wounds, constant debridement of dead tissue and keeping the fresh new tissue good an healthy. Her medical foster mom DeAnn Brannaman has had her hands full but thanks to a team of people transporting Nix, things have gone smoothly! The biggest challenge right now is keeping spunky little Nix on the down low and inactive! In these photos, you can see her scars. Hair will begin to return but for now, her ears and an elbow are being watched very closely by surgeon Dr. Rhonda Aper. Thanks so much to all of you who comprise a network of caring that we like to call Team Nix! You are just the best!❤️
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Baby Nix Update! tuesday March 13th at 8:15pm

The giod news just keep rolling in on this little lab girl! Nix has morphed into a bundle of puppy energy for foster mom DeAnn, just when she needs to remain quiet! Ha! Nix was released from EIVSC this past Sunday after critical care hospitalization following a dog attack that nearly claimed her life. She has to return to the hospital for daily bandage changes as the doctors work to ward off tissue necrosis of the many bite wounds. The worst being on and ear and an elbow at this point. This pup is ready to rock and roll regardless of any mummy bandages and drains! Nix still has a long way to go to heal all of these wounds. They are watching closely for the need to surgically excise dead tissue that has failed to survive so she will remain a constant little motion machine at EIVSC. The staff absolutely adores her...and who wouldn’t? She is quite the precious pooch! The tooth fairy also made an appearance last night for Nix! Awww....it just reminds us how young she really is and no doubt that youth helped her survive! We look forward to giving you many happy updates and we work our way through her medical journey to health! Please continue to share her story if you would. We have several more weeks of treatment and hopefully no major complications. Thank you all so much!
Crazy mummy bandages!
The tooth Fairy came!
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Baby Nix Update Sunday March 11th, 2018 at 9:30pm.

Exactly one week from Baby Nix’s emergency admission to Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center after a dog attack, she is out of the hospital! Nix spent several days in critical care fighting for her life and when she turned the corner ( last Friday), it was a HUGE U turn! Critter Crusaders and Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue could not be happier and we know that you are too! So tonight we have no lengthy medical dissertation! About time! Nix will return to EIVSC for daily bandage changes so her medical care will be ongoing. Dr. Keller assessed her wounds today and did suture several of them, the worst being over her elbow joint. She is in foster with DeAnn Brannaman from CC through CVPBR and we will have several people assisting with her medical transports. She was all wiggles and kisses tonight. She is on alot of ongoing meds and we will sure keep everyone posted! Thank you all for your prayers, donations and good wishes towards this darling girl. We will continue to provide her medical care and monitor for complications. More happy updates to come! We are Team Nix!
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Baby Nix Update Friday 10pm
We have VERY GOOD NEWS! 6 month old Nix came to Critter Crusaders as a major emergency through our friends at Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue on Sunday March 4th. She was attacked by another foster dog outside when both dogs became very excited at seeing someone across the yard fence, These dogs lived well together for two months and in a split second everything changed. As the attack was occurring, the foster mom saved Nix’s life by jumping into the middle of it.
On admission at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center, Nix was extremely critical. She had a partially collapsed lung, massive open wounds that were contaminated with mud, very low protein levels requiring a risky albumin transfusion, an injury to her elbow and massive inflammation that could have damaged her kidneys, heart and liver.
Over the course of the last several days, Nix made baby steps, surviving against the odds the first night, the second night and then the third. The doctors were not initially hopeful but we had to give this baby a fighting chance. Over the course if the last two days, Nix started to eat on her own and the feeding tube was removed. Her elevated heart rate came down. The pneumothorax of her lung resolved on its own, the wound leakage slowed, the inflammation and tremendous swelling began to improve and yesterday she was on all 4 feet and moving! It appears that she has some nerve damage in a front limb that will be watched closely. Her wounds are still horrible and nothing has been sutured due to the potential for sepsis. At some point, surgeon Dr. Rhonda Aper will need to address a few for closure. Nix looks horrible and beautiful at the same time! We could not be happier. This little girl has survived thanks to her youth and ability to heal, thanks to expert critical care by the great team at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center and thanks to each of you for your financial and emotional support of this little puppy and the Critter Crusader organization. We have a long way to go with baby Nix. This injury alone can have potential future complications, much like Poseidon and she will need daily bandage changes, possible surgery for wound debridement and closure along with many weeks of recovery.
Critter Crusaders could not have done this without you and we can’t begin to express our appreciation. You saved this puppy. . Please continue to help us share her good news story, one of struggle and survival. When serious incidents like this occur, the best we can do is to put our positive energy towards expert medical care and healing this little lab puppy who was named after Valkyrie the warrior. Nix. . Thank you all so much.. ❤️
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