Introducing Amber! Amber is a beautiful sweetheart who has evidently had a very difficult life. This three year old girl came to us just a few short weeks ago.
She was left at a shelter with an extremely bad skin condition, infected ears, and ingrown toenails. We believe she was bred many times. Our initial focus was to get her skin issues under control with medications and baths while we spoiled her with good food, warm fluffy beds, and lots of belly rubs in a quiet and safe home.
The first week she pretty much slept and ate. Once the nails were trimmed back enough to comfortably walk, we began cruising her around through the house and on the cement. It was slow going but she would follow a piece of roast beef anywhere! Initially she did not seem to care much about people and would actually avert her eyes if you sat closes and looked at her. She did not seem to know what toys were for.
We are at a point now where she wants to be in the same room with people and will come find us if we have gone to another room. Now that she knows what it's all about, she thinks she should be petted, rubbed and scratched 24/7 and if you stop, she will bat your hand with her big paw. It's been a joy to watch her blossom.
She will need to be spayed, have her screw tail amputated to prevent further infections under it, and a vulvar lift from having so many puppies. This is quite a bit of surgery so we want to get her as strong as possible beforehand.
Now comes the hard part. She has bridging spondylosis of her entire spine and what appears to be hemivertebra in her thoracic area. This is likely the cause of the weakness in her rear end walking difficulties. She is more mobile than when she arrived so exercise is helping but spondylosis is not reversible. It can be managed and she can be made more comfortable with medication, exercise, message and heat. She does not appear to be in pain and doesn't complain. Amber will be started on some NSAID therapy to see if we can improve function and will be seeing a neurologist to give us a better idea of long term prognosis.
If there was ever a dog that needed a second chance at a better life, this sweet young lady is the one. Please consider donating to help us cover all of Amber's surgeries and other medical costs.