ECPR Helps An Amazing Dog Recover from Distemper

R1Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness. The disease affects dogs and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks.
The virus, which is spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal, initially attacks a dog’s tonsils and lymph nodes and replicates itself there for about one week. It then attacks the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. In dogs or animals with weak immune systems, death may result in two to five weeks after the initial infection.

While there is no known cure for the virus, recovery from distemper is possible, though it is a long road. Due to the highly contagious nature of distemper, an infected dog must be kept in complete isolation from other animals or there is a risk of spreading the virus.

Emerald City Pet Rescue heard about a very sweet dog named Rusty who was, unfortunately, suffering the sickness of distemper. Due to both the expense of treatment and special isolation needs, vet hospitals in the area were not able to take him in. His choices were either to find help for recovery or to be humanely euthanized.

One of our dedicated fosters stepped up and offered to take on the challenge of providing Rusty with the care he required during his recovery. She began working on his set-up right away, a completely isolated room equipped with gowns, gloves, booties, and lots and lots of Accel (a pet-safe disinfectant.) She embarked on this journey knowing that no matter how much care and love Rusty received, he might not make it, but she, as well as our wonderful founder, believed that Rusty deserved a chance at life. We initially had no safe place for Rusty during his recovery, so along with the foster’s help, we BUILT him one!

At first, Rusty took a turn for the worse; he stopped eating and drinking and grew lethargic. He was rushed to an emergency vet. The veterinary team donned hazmat suits and his foster mother had to carry him because he was too weak to walk. He was diagnosed with secondary pneumonia. Despite the scare, miraculously, Rusty recovered! Although Rusty is not the first distemper dog that ECPR has tried to help, he is our first “miracle-pup,” the first guy to pull through! What an INCREDIBLE spirit Rusty has!
Although Rusty’s health has vastly improved and continues to improve, Rusty must get tested weekly until all signs of the virus are completely out of his system.

R2Rusty’s foster mom says, “So many people are terrified of distemper. I was, too. But it’s not impossible to deal with, just challenging and heartbreaking if the dog is more advanced than Rusty was when we got him. It’s been a huge undertaking to get everything assembled that was needed to take care of him. As many of you know, when ECPR commits to a dog, they are in it 100% plus. This is why I love being a part of this organization. ❤”

It’s true! As an organization, we firmly believe in giving every animal every chance that we possibly can.

We have all been deeply touched by Rusty’s struggle, his incredible will to live, and his limitless capacity to love. Rusty, we are in this with you all the way! YOU CAN DO IT!

If you would like to help Rusty on his continued journey to health and a forever home of his own, donations are always welcome. Visit our site at http://www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org to donate!

Please keep an eye out on our media for when Rusty is officially cleared, healthy, and ready for adoption!

Chewey’s Triumphant Road To Recovery

cheweynew_PF2The employees and volunteers here at ECPR try not to pick favorites. Key word, TRY! But none of us can deny that sometimes, certain pets will touch our hearts in specific ways. When that happens, sometimes we choose to foster, sometimes we choose to adopt, and sometimes we just do everything we can to help that animal find their ideal home.

Chewey, a chihuahua/dachshund mix, has been with us for nearly two years. He is a wonderful dog, sweet, energetic, eager, smart, adamant about getting attention, and more.

When Chewey first came to us, he had suffered an injury called IVDD, or Intervertebral Disc Disease.


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 is a condition in which a disc develops a problem and the material inside escapes into the spinal column, ultimately causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis. The condition is seen more often in dogs than cats.

When Chewey came to our rescue, we made sure he got the corrective surgery that he needed for his IVDD, but then, it was up to us, and Chewey, to see how far he could come in his rehabilitation.

Chewey began his recovery with the use of a wheelchair.
Click here to see a video of Chewey nine months ago zipping around in his chair!

cheweynew_PF5.jpgAs soon as Chewey realized he could scoot around at warp speeds and keep up with his doggy-friends, he was as happy as a clam again. We were grateful that we could provide him the tool he needed to get around like any other dog, but we also knew that his recovery was not over.

Our passionate, dedicated staff began daily physical therapy with Chewey, and slowly, he began to move his back legs and regain some mobility.

Then, in comes one of our amazing volunteers, Linda. Linda does one of the hardest things to do in rescue; she fosters dogs in need, helps to heal their wounds whether emotional or physical and then finds the strength to let them go when they find their forever families. She decided one week that she wanted to take Chewey home for a weekend just to give him a break from the rescue environment, but it didn’t take long before she declared that she and Chewey were in it for the long haul until he gets adopted.  She quickly learned all that she needed to know about his disease, and how to help him with his recovery.

To our absolute amazement, Chewey has made LEAPS AND BOUNDS of progress with Linda! Chewey has retained a lot of movement and feeling in his legs, and he can now go on walks unassisted, even getting up and down curbs all by himself! Every day, Chewey grows stronger.

Click here to see a video of Chewey NOW!

IVDD can be unpredictable in just how much recovery is possible, and the severity of the injury is different with each animal. We didn’t know if Chewey would ever regain motion in his legs, so to go on a walk with this little guy and see him happily and confidently keeping up a brisk pace walking all by himself brought tears to many of our eyes. The dedication that Linda has shown Chewey, and the progress Chewey has made, reminds of our ECPR mantra, Love Can Save Lives!

Chewey has come farther than any of us thought possible, but he is still searching for his perfect forever home. We know that his ideal family is out there waiting to find him! He has so much courage and an endless amount of love in his heart. To steal a quote from ‘Marley and Me,’ “Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his.”

If this courageous, loving fella is tugging at your heartstrings, give us a call at 206 557 4661

PROJECT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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All of our adoptable pets are wonderful! Sometimes they get noticed right away and are only with us briefly before adoption, and other times, they need a little extra help to connect them with their forever families. This season, we’re asking you, our friends, to help us help them!
We understand that not everyone can adopt, we understand that not everyone can foster, and we understand that not everyone has the financial means to help support their needs while they are with us. What some of these animals really need more than anything is exposure, and that’s where Project Home For The Holidays comes in! This year, you can help these pets by a non-monetary sponsorship.
If you sponsor a pet for PHFTH, we will send you a digital package via email. It will include a flyer for the pet you choose to sponsor in both PDF format for printing (we encourage you to post flyers anywhere you are able!), a few graphics for your own social media, and a donation list in case friends or family are able to donate goods. Also included will be a direct link to the pet’s feature video if they have one, and a link to their adoption profile. We encourage you to share those as well. Your mission will be simply to share the pet anywhere and everywhere that you can and get their faces out to the public! It’s free, and it will go a long way towards helping that pet’s perfect family find them. Different pets are available for sponsorship each week.
Can I Sponsor More Than One Pet? Yes! You can sponsor as many pets as you feel you can commit to sharing with your friends, family, neighbors, and more!
How Do I Sign Up? It’s easy! Just COMMENT on this blog post with your name, the pet you wish to sponsor, and your email address.
(Your comment/information will NOT be visible publicly, only ECPR will see it!)

** PETS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP **

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Helping Displaced Pets From Hurricane Harvey

HarveyDue to Hurricane Harvey, many areas in Texas received more than 40 inches of rain causing catastrophic flooding. Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States and the resulting floods have displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. Thousands of pets have also been displaced and are in need of immediate help!

There are many ways to help these large numbers of displaced pets no matter where you are in the country or even the world. Countless pets are in desperate need of immediate fostering while their owners are searched for, or while their owners are displaced out of their homes. Please consider opening your home to an animal in need, you will literally save a life and the love and appreciation they will show you will warm your heart forever.

These rescue pets are also in need of medical attention and supplies. We know not everyone is able to foster or adopt, but there are many other ways to help!

Below are some wonderful organizations that are in direct line of helping to house and care for these countless animals in need, some Texas-based organizations, and some local. All organizations are in great need of donations, both monetary or donations of goods and supplies. Please consider doing anything you can to help, no matter how small. Every bit gives an animal a chance at healing and happiness!

Austin Pets Alive has been a tremendous help and provider of resources for finding immediate fosters in the general area, and they are always accepting monetary donations to contribute to the care these animals need.

Best Friends Animal Society has been making a wonderful effort to help with these displaced pets! Not only are they directly taking in pets in need and organizing donation drives, but they are also organizing volunteers to assist in delivering emergency supplies and transporting animals.

SPCA of Texas  is also housing animals directly, taking monetary donations as well as donated supplies, and assisting in transporting animals. If you’re looking to help in a direct way, Best Friends or SPCA of Texas are great resources!

Locally, PAWS  in Lynnwood has directly taken in some displaced animals that will be available for foster and adoption, as well as Seattle Humane. If you can foster or adopt, please consider saving the life of a Harvey pet. They will also accept donations to help care for the animals while they are waiting to find a foster home and/or a new forever home.

Emerald City Pet Rescue extends our deepest sympathies for all of the people and pets affected by Harvey. Please help if you can, Love Can Save Lives!

 

 

 

Sweet Rennie is Ill – Needs TLC Fospice Care!

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SEEKING AN EXTRA SPECIAL PERSON WITH A HEART THE SIZE OF TEXAS – Is there anyone out there that can give me the FOSPICE care I truly deserve??

My name is Rennie, and I have been through a lot.
I lived my first 4 years outside with little human contact or attention. I never saw a toy or got to play with anyone.
After being fostered and going through training, I learned how to trust humans. I learned how to love treats and affection. I was excited to find a forever home. I dreamed of years of adventure and companionship.
Then the humans found out I am sick. They told me that I have terminal cancer. They want to find a warm, loving home for me to spend the rest of my days in. They told me they believe it will happen because they know how much I deserve it, after everything I’ve been through.
So that’s me. Rennie. I’d love to share a lifetime with you, but instead, I’ll share my heart and gratitude as long as I am here. As they say, “It only takes a moment to be loved a whole life long.” Thank you. Love, Rennie
Please call 206-557-4661 for more information on how to provide a fospice home for Rennie!

ECPR’s Clinic Staff Works Wonders With An Injured Dog

At Emerald City Pet Rescue, we are blessed with an amazing staff that all work together with passion, commitment, and unconditional love for our rescue animals. As we continue to expand at a fast pace so we can help more pets in need, we have had the good fortune to be able to bring a wonderful veterinary team on board. In just the short time that we have had our in-house clinic, the team has already come across triumphs, challenges, and even some heartbreak.
Today, we’d love to share a wonderful story about an incredible little dog with more heart and spirit than we can possibly imagine, and everything our veterinary team has done, and continues to do, in order to support this pup through her rough time. Their efforts are creative and compassionate, and we are proud and blessed to have them on board as an integral part of our rescue effort.
Little Gingersnap was found by a good Samaritan by the side of the road in California on June 17, 2017, and taken to Marysville Veterinary Hospital. Because of her extensive injuries, she was quickly transferred to a 24-hour speciality hospital, Valley Oak VCA in Chico.
Gingersnap had been hit by a car and her injuries were found to be quite severe. This poor, sweet girl had extensive amounts of skin torn off of her paws and both hind legs because the car that hit her dragged her across the pavement. So much skin was missing that her bones, tendons, and muscles were all exposed. Wounds that extensive can be quite painful and the road to healing from them comes with the risk of infection. Healing requires a LOT of patience from the dog while the wounds are cleaned, sterilised, and re-bandaged daily. I can’t imagine how painful that must be for her!

***TRIGGER WARNING, please be advised that these photos linked below are of Gingersnap’s initial leg injuries and they are very graphic in nature, click at your own risk!

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Thanks to our amazing veterinary team, Gingersnap did not need to have skin grafts to help heal her wounds. Instead, they decided on the innovative choice to use Manuka honey to keep her safe through her healing process. Manuka honey has been found to destroy bacteria that could otherwise infect open wounds. It also has bioactivities that help to boost the immune response, which helps new tissue grow and repair wounds. It also suppresses inflammation. How incredible is that!? Nature is its own miracle!
If that injury wasn’t bad enough, Gingersnap was also found to have a fractured bone in her hind foot, and the scariest part of all – she was pregnant. She was instantly put on pain relief medications, antibiotics, and fluids to help ease her suffering and keep her calm. An ultrasound was performed to check on the state of the puppies, and by the grace of nature; the pups had strong heartbeats and seemed okay! Amazing!
But, Gingersnap’s mammary glands were bruised, and one had to be removed. There were still some tough, scary decisions for the vets to make. Should they perform a c-section and deliver the pups immediately, or should they wait until they were born naturally in order to fix Gingersnap’s wounds? They decided to wait. Fortunately, they didn’t have to wait long!
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Gingersnap’s first puppy was delivered June 20th at 9:30 PM. Despite all of her injuries, she managed to then give birth to 4 healthy puppies who immediately began to nurse on her already wounded mammary glands. The poor girl had to undergo surgery to remove the severely damaged glands, but she was determined to use the ones she had left to continue nursing her pups. There was a concern at first that her puppies may have to be human-raised and bottle fed, but to everyone’s surprise, Gingersnap was determined to care for her puppies no matter what. One of our dedicated techs, Destiny, took Gingersnap home for a long weekend to monitor her progress and make sure she able to care for her pups.
Most dogs need to undergo anaesthesia to have wounds as extensive as hers cleaned and dressed daily, but Gingersnap wags her tail and patiently allows her wounds to be cleaned and re-dressed; a perfect little angel. Our staff began to dress her wounds with “designer bandages” with bright colors and fun designs, and she doesn’t even need a cone because she doesn’t try to chew on them at all, despite the itching and burning of her healing skin underneath.
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Gingersnap’s legs have healed up and the wounds are now closed. She has some scarring on her belly where some of her mammaries were removed. Her puppies are healthy, happy, and doing very well.
Gingersnap3A dog like Gingersnap is a true treasure, a walking, talking reminder of why we are all a part of this rescue. The courage, heart, and trust she has shown has blown us all away and touched us deeply in a way that none of us will ever forget. Every day she amazes us, every moment her kind eyes and wagging tail brings a smile to our faces. She will make the most wonderful pet once her puppies are grown and she is healed enough to be available for adoption, and the fact that her happy ending is at least within sight is such a rare miracle considering the condition she was found in.
Our veterinary staff pulled through for this dog by not only being creative and innovative on how to best heal her wounds, but the dedication, kindness, and love they have shown her is a level of commitment and compassion that we are beyond honored to have here at the rescue. They deserve credit for pulling together so quickly and giving Gingersnap the best chance possible to heal and succeed.
Gingersnap is a great example of why we do what we do. With compassion and dedication, our slogan reigns true; Love Can Save Lives!