Emergency Care To Save Bug's Life

  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
  • Name: Bug
  • Color: Fawn
  • Size: Large
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young

$2,260.00 raised of $5,000.00

Second Chance Rescue NYC received a call about a puppy that was hit by a car and was brought into the shelter with head trauma and other extensive injuries. Her name is Bug and despite being in critical condition and in pain, she seemed to be holding on to hope. She was in shock and needed oxygen therapy, which indicated she had trauma to her lungs and thorax. Bug was rushed into the emergency vet for immediate care. It was clear she could not stand up; her pupils were not restricting properly and she had severe brain trauma.  


Her rescue stepped in to give this puppy a fighting chance. MRIs and x-rays revealed she had a broken leg and bilateral brachial plexus avulsion (both front legs). It wouldn't be so serious if this was occurring in one leg, but having this in both legs was a problem and extremely rare. They thought Bug may never regain use of her two front arms and this news was devastating. They initially believed she would need a wheelchair, since she was unable to move her front legs at all. Her rescue wanted to give her hope and decided to put her into Water4Dogs Rehab. After completing one week of this treatment, a miracle happened. She has regained full use of one of her front legs and the other leg has a temporary splint. It looks like Bug may not need a wheelchair after all.


However, Bug will need months of therapy and rehabilitation to regain full use of her front legs. Her rescue, vets, and everyone working with her are hopeful she will make a full recovery, but it is extremely costly. Please consider donating to Bug's recovery. In addition, she would love a new bed to lay on, treats to help ease her joints, or even a new toy to make her feel like a puppy again.

Updates


  • Bug has completed 1 week at Water4Dogs Rehabilitation Center in NYC and look at what leaps and bounds she is making..LITERALLY! She is the sweetest and smartest puppy they have ever met! She has regained full use of one of the front legs and the other front leg has a temporary splint. As of now, it looks like she will be keeping all of her legs and the next phase is to order her a new bionic carpal boot to assist with her therapy. She has been fitted for the boot and is now waiting for it to be ready for her. The Cost of the boot is $1,200 and we are asking donors to please help support this cost. Bug aka THE LOVE BUG is right where she is supposed to be, with who she's supposed to be with, and doing what she should be doing. Everything is in order. This week, aside from her new boot coming and her 4 different dry therapies, she will be getting her stitches removed from the one arm that was reconstructed and she will be mastering (NO DOUBT IN MY MIND) the underwater treadmill and the pool. She will remain in rehab for at least another 6 weeks and will be looking for a foster or adopter come August if you think that is you and you want to luck out and own THE SWEETEST dog in the world!


    July 06, 2018



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  • July 06, 2018



  • Miracles are happening for Bug and we are almost certain she is going to walk again. When we get cases as severe as Bug's, we are on the phone all day long with medical personnel, rehabbers, fellow volunteers, etc. trying to figure out the best way possible to help a dog with a case like this. The words are exchanged over the phone or in person and through transfer of those words, we all fall in love and we all begin to hold a space of hope for these deserving animals. That is what we do, we hold that space and beautiful things happen. At this time , any idea of a wheelchair is just not on the table anymore. Water4Dogs will be able to fully rehab at least one of the front arms fully, the other arm she may lose but life as a tripod is not a bad gig- they acclimate and she already has. Everyone is calling her Kangaroo, she kinda looks like one huh? Bug has a BILATERAL BRACHIAL PLEXUS AVULSION. She will remain at W4D rehab for as long as it takes and none of that will be possible without you. Thank you very much for helping save Bug. 

    June 25, 2018


  • We have been getting many emails and messages asking for an update. I'm not certain if everyone saw our update yesterday morning so here is another one.


    Bug's eyes are still 2 different sizes and her front right leg had the surgery to repair her fractured humerus. BOTH FRONT LEGS have a bilateral brachial plexus avulsion . She can't move her front legs AT ALL. She may be a front end wheelchair dog for LIFE but we will give her the opportunity to undergo months of rehab at a specialty facilty in NYC and she will be admitted this weekend. She is leaving BLUE PEARL today and headed over to Dr. Terrys then NYC.


    June 22, 2018


  • We will start by saying that there is a 95% chance that Bug will be a wheelchair dog. Bug is recovering at Blue Pearl Specialty center after her surgery to her front right arm where her humerus is badly broken. Her back legs are fine BUT she can't move her two front legs AT ALL. We are on day 3 and some movement should have come forth by now but this has not happened. Her back legs but her front legs are showing no signs of improvement. Bug has bilateral brachial plexus avulsion (both front legs). This wouldn't be so serious if this were occurring in one leg but having this in both legs is a problem, and this is very rare. She may never regain use of her two front arms, this news is devastating. She is eating and still has a little bit of air in her lungs. Our plan of action is the following: After she can leave the emergency center, we will emergency transport her to NYC for an intensive rehabilitation program. She will be there for a long period and the costs are almost $10,000 a month. However, we are willing to do this for her. She is a happy dog that is acclimating to her new situation. We need to give her every opportunity and leave no stone unturned--that is who we are. We will let her rehabbers decide if after her intense inpatient rehab program if she should need a cart. She has a long haul ahead of her, and we are not leaving her to do this alone or ending her, she wants to be here. 

    June 19, 2018