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Hope for Shakespeare's skin condition
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Shakespeare was posted on the American Bulldog rescue facebook page in need of rescue in a very rural shelter in Anniston, Alabama or he was going to be euthanized. I volunteer with American Bulldog Rescue. This handsome fellow looks exactly ... More ...

Shakespeare was posted on the American Bulldog rescue facebook page in need of rescue in a very rural shelter in Anniston, Alabama or he was going to be euthanized. I volunteer with American Bulldog Rescue. This handsome fellow looks exactly like my dog, so I could not let him die. I begged our coordinator to let me pull him and that I would sponsor him. Figuring I would cover his boarding in the south, his vetting, shots, neuter and transport up north.

Shakespeare came up to the north in June 2014, he first was in boarding, then went to a foster that was not a right fit, then to a trainer for a week and has been with me since August 1, 2014. When he came to me he had sores all over his feet that were bleeding and he couldn't even walk on one of his feet. Over the course of the past four months he has seen four different vets, has had multiple tests done, blood work, cytology, and biopsy's. All the vets could say was that it was a bacteria infection but not sure what was causing it. They were thinking possibly an autoimmune disease. He was on prednisone, which is known to increase thirst and urination. I am gone to work all day and Shakespeare never once went to the bathroom in his crate or in the house. I thought that was miraculous. He is a very good, loving, easy going boy.

Feeling frustrated and not having an answer to what was causing this poor dog a lot of pain, I took him to a dermatology specialist two hours from my house each way. They did a culture and found out that he has MRSP. Which is a very resistant bacteria strand to a lot of antibiotics. The other issue is that it is a secondary infection, which means he still has an underlying issue we are trying to figure out, which they are guessing is possibly allergies. He seemed to be responding well to clindamycin, but now gets infected toe beds, and lumps on his knees. He goes for a second recheck in a week and a half.

Needless to say when I said I would sponsor him, I was only thinking maybe $500 tops. His bills have now reached over $4000 and I still need to take him back to the specialist, and we still do not have his skin condition under control.

Any help you can give is greatly appreciated and will go towards trying to figure out what is causing Shake's skin condition and let him live out his life pain free and a happy boy, as he should. Your donation is also tax deductible and if you need a donation receipt please let me know.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. 

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