wpid-img_20140817_105134.jpgSophie was originally left in a drop box at an animal control office in Illinois. How someone can do that is beyond me. But this sweet girl made her way to where she needed to be. We were asked by the shelter to take Sophie in. She was in desperate need of surgery on both legs.
Sophie had Luxating Patella’s on both back knees. This is a condition where the Patella, or knee cap, can slid out of place. This causes temporary pain and lameness in the affected leg and can lead to more frequent episodes, increasing lameness, and eventually arthritis. Sophie’s were considered grade 3.
Sophie’s first surgery was in August and was a success! She just had her second surgery last month and now her foster home has decided that they can’t live without her and will be finalizing the adoption as soon as possible. 🙂

Sophie 2

Thanks to Last Hope this sweetie has found her forever home. A place where she can be happy and healthy and run and play with her new brothers and sisters. To help Last Hope continue to support dogs like Sophie donate here today. 

Crystal Black

Distemper Virus

Canine distemper is a virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems, as well as the conjunctival membranes of the eye.

The first signs of canine distemper include sneezing, coughing and thick mucus coming from the eyes and nose. Fever, lethargy, sudden vomiting and diarrhea, depression and/or loss of appetite are also symptoms of the virus.

LacyThe virus is passed from dog to dog through direct contact with fresh urine, blood or saliva. Sneezing, coughing and sharing food and water bowls are all possible ways for the virus to be passed on.

There is currently no available medication that can destroy the virus that causes canine distemper. Rather, supportive care is the mainstay of treatment. Veterinarians can offer intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and antibiotics to ward off secondary infections while the infected dog builds up his immune response. Some dogs are able to survive the infection, while for others canine distemper can be fatal.

Dogs who recover from canine distemper may have seizures or other central nervous system disorders that may not show up until many years later – sometimes in their old age. They may also be left with permanent brain and nerve damage, and these symptoms also may not show up until years later.

Last Hope vaccinates all its dogs against distemper because it is such a contagious and dangerous virus.

To help Last Hope continue to vaccinate against this dangerous virus, donate today!

Julia Black

RTVD-Charlie and Lola

Charlie and Lola had a rough start. They were with us only a few days before it was discovered they Charlie & Lola 2had Parvo. For those of you who don’t know, Parvo, or the Canine Parvovirus infection, is a viral infection characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite. It is most often seen in puppies between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 months. Parvo affects the animal’s ability to absorb nutrients, and an affected puppy will quickly become dehydrated and weak from lack of protein and fluid absorption. Treatment for Parvo is focused on the symptoms, since Parvo is caused by a virus there is no real cure for it and the puppies bodies must fight it off on their own. The prevention of secondary infections and intense system support are key to recovery.

They were checked into a 24 hour clinic to receive the around the clock care they needed. At only 9 weeks old their bodies fought hard to get rid of this virus and return to us to find their forever home. They were in the clinic’s ICU for 3 days before they were able to fight off the infection.

Charlie & Lola 3Charlie and Lola quickly found their forever home thanks to Last Hope (with a little help from the vet clinic)! Without treatment, 80% of infected puppies will die. Treatment for the 2 of them was nearly $2,000. But they received the care they needed and now they are happy and healthy in their new forever home!

To help Last Hope continue to help dogs like Charlie and Lola click here to donate today!

Crystal Black