This lovely lady was found in the San Bernardino city shelter. Tabitha had an obvious lump on her shoulder in the photo that was circulated to save her.
Tabitha arrived at our hospital and it turns out she had multiple tumors. Six to be exact and all of them needed to be surgically removed.
Our vet staff fell in love with Tabitha who is the best patient ever. She looks like a Franken-Boxer with stitches all over her body.
With six tumors removed Tabitha ended up with a 50/50 outlook. Three of the lumps were nothing. Two were a little suspicious and are being re-tested and one was sent to pathology to analyze.
Tabitha is a sweetheart and she now has a lot to live for. Her scars will heal, her fur will grow back and she will love again.
Tabitha medical cost to date: $975
Please consider donating any amount to Tabitha's medical lifeline fund
Ryder is a resilient soul. He endured the worst experience a dog can have; being a bait dog for dog fighters. He looks pretty good for having had that experience but we found one hidden reminder of the past.
He was limping and x-ray found a canine tooth embedded in his leg. It caused a major bone infection which will take weeks of heavy antibiotics to clear up. Vets are watching the tooth as it migrates to the surface. Best case scenario, the tooth works it way out. If not it will be surgically removed.
Ryder medical costs: $650
Please consider donating to Ryder's Medical Lifeline
Appa came in limping and we hoped it was a sprain, it is not. Both of his cruciate ligaments need to be repaired. He is a young boy and has his whole life ahead of him. He is patient with his limited mobility at the moment until he can get his first leg fixed. After long recovery he will need the second.
Estimated cost $1600 per leg. Total $3200
Update: Appa's leg #1 is Funded and surgery scheduled.
Please consider donating any amount to Appa’s Medical Lifeline
Harlan has been at BRLA for a while, first developed pancreatitis, recovered only to need both of his cruciate ligaments repaired. He is currently being carried everywhere.
He is the sweetest boy having survived a hoarding situation and we really want him to be able to walk out of BRLA into a home of his own.
Estimated cost: $1600 per leg. Total $3200.00
Update: Harlan's leg #1 is funded and surgery scheduled.
Please consider donating any amount to Harlan’s Medical Lifeline
Skeeter, just a year old and full of beans, only he cannot use his leg until repaired. It is really hard for a young energetic Boxer to understand why crate rest is necessary. He only goes out on leash for potty breaks to avoid any further damage and a more expensive repair and longer recovery.
Estimated cost $1250
Update: Skeeters leg surgery is funded!
Please consider donating any amount to Skeeter’s Medical Lifeline
Canela is a heartbreaker. She is a tiny young girl who arrived skin and bones without any energy at all. Our vets discovered that she has an underdeveloped liver and it’s hard for her to gain weight. She has options and all are being explored to give her quality of life and be able to go home.
A confirmed diagnosis has been made of A portosystemic shunt (PSS), also known as a liver shunt, is a bypass of the liver by the body's circulatory system.
Congenital PSS is caused by the failure of the fetal circulatory system of the liver to change. Normally, the blood from the placenta bypasses the liver and goes into circulation via the ductus venosus, a blood vessel found in the fetus. A failure of the ductus venosus to close causes an intrahepatic shunt, while extrahepatic shunts are usually a developmental abnormality of the vitelline veins, which connect the portal vein to the caudal vena cava. Thus in the juvenile and adult animal with PSS, blood from the intestines only partly goes through the liver, and the rest mixes into general circulation. Toxins are not cleared by the liver.
Surgery can be performed to repair her liver if the affected area is concentrated into just one spot. If spread throughout the liver surgery is not a viable option and Canela would be kept comfortable with diet for as long as she survives.
If operable the procedure is very expensive. BRLA is hoping there is enough compassion out there to give this sweetie pie a chance for a normal and long life.
Update: The testing was not what anyone wanted to learn. Sweet Canela has hundreds of holes n her liver which does not make her a candidate for the surgery. She is a resiliant special soul and can enjoy the time she has to the fullest. She is on medication and a special diet to give her the best quality of life for as long as she is not suffering. For now she is like any other puppy, and is in a loving foster home where she is getting the best daily care.
Please consider donating to Canela's ongoing medication and special food fund. Le't keep her happy
Please consider donating any amount to Canela's Medical Lifeline
We have seen cleft palate in Boxers before. But Clifford has the most severe and requires surgery. Recurring infection, breathing and eating abnormalities can remain a part of his life if not repaired. There is a specialist lined up that has reviewed Clifford's case and is confident he can repair his lip and pallet.
Clifford is a strong and very lovable boy and cannot wait to be able to breath and eat normally. His cleft pallet does not affect his ability to kiss one bit and he remains the most lovable boy.
Estimated medical cost: $1700.00
Please consider donating any amount to Clifford's Medical Lifeline
Capone's journey to find a home has taken a little side step as he has developed a hernia. He has been lucky enough to enjoy time in various foster homes and was featured on TV. Even with great exposure our gentle giant remains available. Having his hernia repaired will make Capone ready to go. Please consider donating any amount to help with BRLA senior Capone's surgical cost and to help Capone reach his final destination - a loving home.
Medical cost of hernia repair: $600
Buddy has not been able to catch a break. He was trying really hard to find the right spot in life. It just was not a fit and in his most recent foster home it became apparent there were medical issues that could be underlying reasons for behavior.
Turns out sweet Buddy has a defective liver. It started with blood in his urine when our vets diagnosed him in liver failure. We never give up hope and especially with a sweetheart like Buddy.
He is on a series of 5 different compound medications. It is a trial and error effort to see what works and what doesn't.
Buddy is experiencing some serious water retention and numerous diuretics are helping to regulate.
Throughout all Buddy's trials he remains the sweetest boy ever. He loves everyone and is gentle as a lamb. No one is sure of Buddy's future. We are trying to make his now as wonderful as possible. He continues to get the best vet care and could really use a foster home. You see he drinks lots of water and needs to "go" often.
Please consider helping wonderful Buddy have a good quality of life by helping with his ongoing medical care.
Buddy is doing great in a foster home. He requires special kidney food which is almost $70 per bag. He is well worth it. If you could help donate to his continued care, Buddy would be most grateful.
Please donate to Buddy's Medical Lifeline Fund