The Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana recently rescued Boris and Bubbles from a local animal control facility. Boris is male unaltered heartworm positive German Shepherd and Bubbles, a female German Shepherd who also was heartworm positive and PREGNANT! This bonded pair settled in nicely into the rescue. They were vaccinated and Boris was neutered and began his heartworm treatment. Bubbles was moved into her own personal room to deliver her soon to be puppies. During her stay in the room it became obvious she had severe separation anxiety and began tearing up the room and several kennels purchased for her. After 24 hours of being in her "own" room she gave birth to 6 beautiful puppies on Jan 28 2018. One of them, we named Blue, was born the color blue and Bubbles bit the umbilical cord too short. Blue was rushed to the Emergency Veterinarian and his precious life was saved. Bubbles was very thin after giving birth, almost emaciated but her and the 6 newborn puppies began to thrive and grow! On Monday Feb 12 Bubbles was unable to stand and was very lethargic., The puppies at this time only 15 days old would unfortunately lose the ability to nurse from her. Bubbles, passing out from the pain, was rushed to the veterinarian and had a high fever and was on the verge of becoming gravely ill as her body was being destroyed to a massive infection caused by mastitis. Immediate and extensive efforts were made to save her life. Bubbles was put on IV fluids and antibiotics and after a few days she was no longer in danger of losing her life but her mammary tissue became necrotic and began to sluff from her body. Bubbles stayed 10 days at our veterinarian and received laser and hydrotherapy as well as many procedures daily to remove the dying tissue to prevent more infection. Bubbles body began to heal and her mammary tissue was able to be surgically repaired. She is to continue at home care and will have her sutures removed and begin heartworm treatment soon. Once heartworm treatment is complete Bubbles will be spayed and up for adoption!!!
Bubbles puppies were placed with a board member and experienced bottle feeder in hopes they would thrive and survive. The puppies took to the bottle after about 15 hours and all began to nurse and grow daily! Being bottle fed every 2-3 hours for the first few days and now averaging every 4-5 hours. But then there was Blue, on Feb 16 when he was just 2 weeks and 5 days old, was rushed yet again to the Emergency Veterinarian for lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. Despite our efforts of deworming 3 days prior Blue was diagnosed with severe hookworms and coccidia (intestinal parasties). The veterinarian on call agrees Blue was caught in time before he suffered hookworm anemia that could have been fatal. Blue and all of his siblings were put on another round of dewormers and day by day Blue began to thrive and gain weight. He has almost completely caught up to his siblings and enjoys food time! The puppies are eating on average 6 cans of milk a day, 2 cans of puppy food and going through approx 20 puppy pads a day!!!The puppies will remain in Courtneys home until they are vaccinated and able to come back to the rescue. Once back at the rescue they will then receive more vaccinations and be spayed and neutered prior to being place for adoption!
We need your help!!!!
Boris vet bills- $600
Bubbles vet bills- $3200
Bubbles puppies vet bills- $1500
Bubbles puppies care(formula, puppy pads)- $1000
Bubbles separation anxiety damage to our rescue - $700
The veterinarian bills do include our rescue discount. The Humane Society of NWLA is a 501C3 and has been rescuing dogs in the Shreveport Bossier Community since 1998!! We need your help to help us RESCUE ON!
The Bubble Bunch has become an extremely expensive case and while we will pay these bills no matter what it will limit our funds to the next dog that needs our help. EVERY SMALL AMOUNT HELPS!!!
- Carolyne Setliff
- Emily Lambert
- Sandra Lawson
- Renee Strange
- Diane Comegys