UPDATE July 20 2018: Mini had the 26 staples removed from her incision. She is active and feeling much better...although she is still on antibiotics, anti-inflammatory pain medications and now CBD oil (thank you to those who had sent theat to her! It will be another 10 days before she can have further bloodwork done to assess when further surgery can safely be done. She will be seeing her oncologist within the next few weeks and in the interim will be having an ultrasound done to help with the future protocols.
Funds raised to date will cover a lot of these procedures, but we would very much appreciate further funding to insure that everything she needs will be done in a timely fashion!!
Thank You to everyone who has helped Mini to date....and Thank You to all of you considering helping her move into the future!!!
Mini's story:Mini's previous owners dropped her off at Pima Animal Care and Control to be euthanized. Of course, we here at Cochise Canine Rescue couldn't let that happen.
When we were considering taking her into our rescue, we were warned that she had "an ulcerated mass" on one of her mammaries... but it was so much worse than that. When we were putting her in the crate to take her home, Mini rolled onto her side, and we were horrified by the wound on her chest and under her left arm. There is a large, gaping, and necrotic hole that appears to have eaten into her underlying muscle. It is constantly oozing and draining. The hole is almost an inch in diameter, roughly the size of a quarter.
Pima's medical staff did blood work and x-rays on this very sick little girl. Unfortunately, the bloodwork showed systemic infection, anemia, and high white blood count. After speaking to a veterinarian, we obtained much stronger antibiotics. Within 24 hours of starting the new antibiotic, we have seen a lessening in the amount of "oozing" and smell of the discharge.
It is strongly suspected that this beautiful little girl has breast cancer. We will know exactly how far it has spread when she has her surgery. We will do whatever we can to save her life and make her as comfortable as possible.
Mini has been scheduled for surgery to remove the mass and close the ulcerated wound. However, she needs to be seen by a specialized veterinary oncologist who can assess this situation more effectively.
To support this angel, please donate to her care or purchase items from her wishlist to raise her spirits and give her hope.
UPDATE: July 15 - Mini is recovering and getting stronger after her first surgery.... but will need at least one more surgery as well as radiation/chemo therapy. Next week our Vet will redo her bloodwork to see when she may be ready for her next surgery to remove more if not all of the remaining tumors.
PLEASE hold a good thought for this loving sweetheart and help us get her well!
July 17: Update: Mini will be going in to see our regular Vet Dr. Monika tomorrow and may have some if not all of her 26 staples removed!
logist, Dr. Hershey, can decide whether she is ready for further surgery and who will do it.They may decide to begin chemo at that time as well. Our oncologist is up in Phoenix, which is a three hour drive each way but little Mini is worth the time to take care of her properly!!
Since Mini has been eating on her own and gaining weight, we can only hope the systemic infection which has been ravaging her body since before we received her is lessening. At last testing her red count was very low (anemic) and the white count was through the roof! We need to get things more balanced before further surgery can be done safely. As you may recall, during her first surgery she nearly died, going into shock and her temperature dropping from a dog-normal of 101 to 92.6!!! We do not want to have this happen again.
None the less, Mini is far more active and less fearful than she had been. She does rest a lot, which is good, but loves sitting on my lap (as she is right now) when I am on the computer...or hangs out and naps on the sofa chair with her little buddies.