Rusty came to Puppy Love Rescue (PLR) from a kill shelter in NC pregnant and her babies were born in a foster home. Rusty and her babies were loved and well taken care of, but in spite of that, only one baby survived.
She arrived in Wisconsin the evening of January 11, and we realized Rusty was extremely sick within the first thirty minutes of having her. At the emergency veterinarian in Grafton, it was determined that Rusty had an overload of heartworms obstructing her main arteries into the heart so blood could not get to her kidneys and liver. Her eyes and gums were yellow and her breathing was labored.
The doctor determined that there were two options: we could have her put to sleep or she would need major surgery that would cost $6,000 - $7,000.
It was determined surgery would happen to save her; the money would have to come from some place. Immediately we began spreading the word and the need for help.
Rusty was moved to the UW Madison Vet Hospital, where she
received a blood transfusion and medications to balance her electrolytes.
Rusty came through surgery great; they had to go through her jugular to have the worms removed. However, not all the worms were removed, and Rusty has about 8-9 months of recovery ahead of her.
She will have months of ongoing care and will have her follow up treatment for heartworms.
She had been confined to a crate with limited movement. Since then, Rusty has made such great improvements. The Cardiologist gave permission for her to spend time outside of her crate! She has gained a few pounds and is full of love.
Rusty still has a long battle ahead of her but she is a fighter.
Through the help of many we have managed to raise $2,700 towards Rusty’s medical bills but we still have a long way to go.
You can help by donating for Rusty’s recovery:
Please PayPal it to email@example.com every $1 counts.
If we can pay off Rusty’s bills, we can save more dogs