Liberty Update

Posted By on July 13, 2010

We had Liberty’s teeth checked out today. The news was not pretty. Somehow she had managed to wear down almost all of her bottom teeth. The only teeth she has left in her bottom jaw are her canines. We don’t know how it happened, but given her tendency to bite the lead when we have her on a leash, we suspect she may have been chained up outside and tried to gnaw her way through a the chain until her teeth were literally gone.

Other than that, the Vet said she only had some mild tartar and gingival pockets. A bit of cleaning and scraping will fix that right up.

Liberty has an appointment on Sunday to get chest X-rays to see how far the heartworms have progressed, which will help us to figure out how aggressive the drug treatment can be. If the parasites have already invaded her heart or lungs, the treatment will have to be much slower and drawn out. As the heartworms die, their little pieces can clog arteries and cause all manner of problems from a heart attack to a stroke, even liver or organ failure if they block blood vessels supplying crucial oxygenated blood to that organ. The more invasive the infection, the slower we have to go with the treatment and the longer her hospital stays will be to monitor her for complications.

It’s not a pretty picture, but we’ve raised enough money to get started. All told we’ve raised $500 towards her vet bills. We’ve still got a long way to go, but I’ll keep ya’ll posted on her health as we find out more.

Any funds received in excess of the amount of her vet bills will be donated to a local animal charity or no kill shelter.

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