Her name is “Love” and the five-year-old terrier blend may be blind. She is overwhelmed at the noisy and crowded Lancaster Animal Shelter in Lancaster, California and barks – that is her only defense. Once Love knows that someone is near her, she calms down as she feels safer.
Love has been at the shelter since December 2, 2019 and according to shelter notes she may be pregnant. Her advocate writes the following heartbreaking note:
“She has been waiting for a savior of over a month, bumping into the walls of her kennel, but she never feels sorry for herself. We do not know why there appears to be blood in her kennel, or for certain if that’s what it is, but we do know there is a home our there for her, we have to help her find it.”
Following are Love’s medical notes as per the shelter.
RVT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
Behavior Code: 1 nice dog. good for exam and medical treatment
Temperature-101.0 Pulse-115 Respiration- 28 MM- pink CRT- < 2 sec Mentation- BAR BCS-4/9
EENT- discolored eyes with dilated pupils OU (appears blind; bumping into walls); dried blood in ear canal AS
Oral- moderate tartar
Abdomen- distended abdomen (possibly pregnant?)
Musculoskeletal- NSF, ambulates 4x
Lymph nodes- NSF
Integument- dried blood/possible healing hot spot left side of face; scab/dried blood on left ear pinna, healed scabs and scars right ear pinna; scab on cranial lower lip; swelling noted at base of left ear
Shaved left side of face and cleaned with chlorhex wipes; appears to be hot spot or old wounds. Dried blood on inside left ear canal (cleaned; small wound noted). Noteable trauma to left side of face
Rx: Cephalexin 500mg PO BID X 10 days
Rx: Vetprofen 75mg PO SID X 3 days
Per shelter protocol:
Gave DHLPP, Bordatella, Frontline
Scanned, No MC found
Shelter staff to monitor appetite and elimination, alert medical staff if any concerns or abnormalities.
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