Calling all Guardian AngelsThe definition of Guardian Angel is someone sent to guide and protect another living being.
Hailey came to our rescue in 2007 when she was about a year old, and was adopted to a loving family. In mid-May 2010 Hailey suffered a debilitating injury (or disc disease) of unknown nature to her spine and requires extensive medical care to help her. She has lost control of her bladder and cannot walk, but this could be reversed. As we write this, she is spending the weekend with the highly capable, renown veterinarians at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. To help her family we have promised to do what many rescues would not - we are not only paying for her expert consult and her 4 day intensive medical boarding, but we also are paying for her MRI which will be conducted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. We may also have a surgical option to deal with to hopefully get this girl back to what she was just a short time ago.
We know our bills will be more than $5,000 and while we don't usually explicitly solicit donations for a special needs dog, this 4 year old girl deserves a second chance which we are going to
try to give her. She has the potential for a long, wonderful life ahead of her - if we can help.
If you can donate a small amount to help with her care, please do. Her family is unable
to pay the entire amount on their own. We are trying our best, but our resources are limited, so we hope we can also count on your generosity to help us help Hailey.
On 5/31, Hailey was verbally relinquished to CBR-East by her family, and our search for a foster home began! Within 3 hours of posting for help, we had 4 offers to foster her post-surgery and we reclaimed her. All care and responsibility for her fell to CBR-East, so we continue to fundraise, gave the go ahead for the MRI, and if she was a good surgical candidate, then to do the surgery. (This was only possible thanks to the outpouring of love and donations from all of you!)
UPDATE 6/1: Hailey had her MRI done this morning and was taken straight to surgery! By the afternoon, we had the report that she did very well! Hailey had a disc at L2-3 pressing on her spinal cord causing pain and paralysis of her lower limbs. She has, however, maintained a pain response in her feet, which was a good sign. The neurosurgeon (Dr. Eric Glass of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital) performed surgery to remove the disc material. This was successful, and Hailey will be monitored closely at the hospital, but right now, she has a good prognosis! She continues to maintain the pain response in her feet, so we are optimistic about her future!
UPDATE 6/2: Hailey continues to do REALLY well. The RBVH vets indicate that she is urinating on her own so she will not need any bladder expressing post-surgery!! How cool is that? Her UTI is clearing up but hanging on a bit longer than we'd like so we'll continue with her antibiotics. She ate breakfast today, her temperature is down, and we were concerned about possible separation anxiety but they tell us that she has not shredded a blanket, cried for attention or chewed anything out of "stress" reflex and she's resting very comfortably in her crate lovin the attention she's getting. We'll discuss therapy later in the week is a good day for Hailey so far! We are still trying to reach our goal to make sure we can provide all that Hailey needs, so we will be continuing our fundraising efforts. THANK YOU!but today is a good day for Hailey so far! We are still trying to reach our fundraising goal so that we can provide all of her care - current and post-op, so please do not give up on her! Thank you to everyone for their support!
UPDATE 6/3: Hailey is ready to be RELEASED! After speaking with the Red Bank Vets, they're very happy with her progress. :) Hailey's UTI is clearing up nicely and she'll go home on oral antibiotics. She can NOT walk yet, of course, BUT the vets state she has some movement, although slight, in her rear quarters so she is already NOT a candidate for a "speedy cart"!! We're aiming for walking, and not turning back!
It will take approx 2 weeks to 2 months to get her back to where she should be, but we'll give her as long as she needs! Hailey will be leash walked with the help of a sling for her back end (http://handicappedpets.com/www/index.php/help-pets-walk/help-lift-dogs.html) until she can do so on her own. She's eating wonderfully and we are looking forward to watching this little girl heal a little more every day.
UPDATE 6/4: Guess who is back at CBR-East and ready to make an amazing recovery?
Click here to see how happy Hailey was at the hospital when we came to pick her up!
UPDATE 6/15: 2 WEEKS POST-OP. THIS IS NOW A SEMI-ACTION MOVIE OF HAILEY'S RECOVERY.
UPDATE 6/27: 26 DAYS POST-OP. WE THNK THIS NOW QUALIFIES FOR AN ACTION MOVIE. NOTHING IS HOLDING HAILEY BACK! HER FOSTER PARENTS CONTINUE TO DO AN AMAZING JOB WITH HER, AND AFTER SEEING THIS, WE HOPE IT IS ENOUGH THANKS TO THE NEARLY 100 INDIVIDUAL DONORS WHO HELPED MAKE HAILEY'S SURGERY POSSIBLE.
PART 2 OF THE 6/27 VIDEO IS HERE: WE COULD NOT HAVE HOPED FOR A BETTER OUTCOME.
Hailey's foster parents still use the sling every day outside with Hailey. She only has 1-2 minutes of "free walking" outside, yet "free walks" in her confined play area in the house. If things were up to Hailey, she'd be running off-leash somewhere chasing small animals, but she had an extremely delicate surgery, and in some ways, we need to slow her down with her recovery!
She loves to kiss and be massaged. :)
UPDATE 7/21: Hailey continues to show signs of progress! All of her medications are complete. She has interacted with her canine foster brothers and sisters...no running or playing, just meet and greet. She is calm around other dogs, and seems like she wants to be with humans more then dogs. She does still have accidents in her area randomly. Hailey only barks when we leave her to rest. She loves rolling on her back in morning and afternoon when walking in the grass. At night she enjoys freezing, listening and looking. Hailey walks more and more without the sling. We still use it for support to ensure she heals completely!
UPDATE 7/26: Hailey was taken to the veterinarian today for her heartworm test, and to be brought up to date on all of her vaccinations. She was a trooper and did great! She is heartworm negative. :)Provided a new adopter has the means to care for her, we will begin a search for an adopter for her! Hailey will still need an adopter to help with her rehabilitation, to be VIGILANT with keeping her leash walked, off furniture, and to monitor her for future problems with IVDD. With proper care, Hailey should make a complete recovery. This was her as she WALKED into the vet's office today:
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