At only 8 months of age, Peanut, a purebred 8 month old French Bulldog, was on his way to be euthanized. Thankfully, an animal lover directed his former owners the right way and led little Peanut to Rescue City.
It's hard to grasp the concept that people can pay thousands of dollars to purchase a dog from a breeder/pet store but are not prepared to care for and love their companion unconditionally. Peanuts life suddenly took a very sharp turn. His owners noticed an unsteady gait while he was playing at a dog park, he began to walk sideaways and developed a sudden weakness in his hind limbs. He was taken to see a vet, where he delivered a diagnosis which the owners did not want to deal with, the same owners who had Peanut since he was a few weeks old, were ready to give up on him.
We took Peanut into the program with open arms and hope, and are prepared to do everything in our power to help him live the life he deserves. He’s a happy puppy, loves attention, kisses and toys, he's everything he could be at his young age; except one thing … he cannot walk. Peanut is losing functionality and mobility in his hind legs. Peanut was taken to The Animal Medical Center for a Neurology consult, and placed under anesthesia for an MRI and 159 images of his spine revealed “A severe kyphotic malalighnment of the caudal theracic vertebral column extends from approximately T5-T8. The spinal canal is stenotic at approximately T7 and T6. T12 is much smaller than normal” .. the diagnosis … Multiple Sites of Vertebral Malformations in the Caudal Thoracic and Lumbo-Sacral Region with Sever Kephosis.
There’s nothing more difficult than to see this pup so hindered; we grow happy watching him be full of life, social and affectionate, and yet … a tiny piece of us shatters when we see him try to get from point A to point B. Peanut is too fast for his own good, as he drags his legs and buttocks in a sitting position while pulling forward with his upper body and front legs. This causes his soft skin to break and bleed. When we took Peanut in, he had numerous lesions on his lower body because of the way he ambulates.
At the vet's we also learned that he has Giardia which is causing him to have bloody stool. This poor pup cannot get a break between his spinal issue, lesions and parasites. Peanut is receiving Physical Therapy to help strengthen those weak muscles per the vets recomendation. While we took it upon ourselvers to save Peanut from being euthanized, we are working with surgeons and other specialists to come up with an optimal treatment plan, his medical bills will keep increasing. While we are planning the surgery, Peanut is on restricted activity and is confined to smaller carpeted areas. We are hopeful that his symptoms will not worsen; however we are warned, things will turn for the worst if he loses control of his urination/defecation.
We want to take every necessary route to ensure Peanut has the best life ever. Please help us at Rescue City rehabilitate Peanut and help him find his forever home. Your generous donations will fund Peanut's medical bills, follow up visits, medical equipment, medicine and surgery and speciality consults. We will post all updates to his campaign, please help us share Peanut's story, every dollar makes a difference.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Rescue City Team
- Diego Hernandez
- ghaflan abadi
- Jon F
- Teri Columna
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