This precious little girl is Phoebe. She is a five month old dachshund (mix?) with an absolutely darling personality.
Phoebe has had an unusually rough start in her short little life. First, some subhuman jerk threw her out of a car in front of a gas station. Mercifully, someone scooped her up before she could get hit by a car.
Her next stop was the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, who immediately found her a place with E-Rescue of Houston. Phoebe was delighted to go home with her new foster family – in fact, her first action upon arrival was to throw herself into their pool and go for a swim.
Unfortunately, Phoebe promptly became very ill. They rushed her to the vet, where she was diagnosed with parvovirus. Parvo is a highly contagious disease most often seen in very young dogs – Phoebe, at five months old, is in a highly susceptible category.
Each year when you have your dog vaccinated, one of the vaccines normally given is a combination injection to prevent distemper and parvovirus. Phoebe would have been exposed before vaccination, as the incubation period for parvo is roughly seven to fourteen days, and Phoebe had been in rescue less than a week when she got sick.
Phoebe was lucky. Parvo has a very high mortality rate. Young puppies and debilitated dogs (very young or very old) only have about a 50% chance of survival historically. Parvo causes massive loss of body fluids from vomiting and diarrhea, and death generally results from the body shutting down to acute dehydration. Some dogs survive parvo only to succumb to a secondary infection that their weakened immune system can’t fight off.
The good news is that vets are seeing considerable success in treating Parvo with the human influenza drug Tamiflu. Phoebe was very, very lucky. She had excellent and immediate veterinary care, and she was treated with Tamiflu, anti-nausea medication, and intravenous fluids. She was also given prophylactic antibiotics to prevent any other opportunistic bacterial or viral conditions from attacking her weakened system.
Phoebe has made a full recovery! She is once again happy, healthy, and playing like a very small whirlwind. And she needs a forever home, too.
This little girl is a survivor.
The bad news is that Phoebe’s treatment was quite expensive. She spent six days in the hospital, and her total veterinary bills amounted to a staggering $1285.
Even worse, E-Rescue cannot accept any new animals into their program until they manage to pay off Phoebe’s bills. Even dogs who come into rescue perfectly healthy have vet bills, and E-Rescue cannot take on any more financial obligations with Phoebe’s medical bills outstanding.
So, dear readers, please, please, reach into your pockets and help E-Rescue. They do amazing work. Let’s help them, so that they can go on to help dozens more like happy little Phoebe. I’m going to donate, because Phoebe just got to me, and because E-Rescue is a great organization. This group is vital to the animal welfare system of Texas.
Please click on this link to make your tax deductible donation to E-Rescue of Houston.
And while you’re there, Phoebe and her friends all have detailed adoption listings at www.e-rescue-houston.org .