Nakita's Recovery Fund

by Keri Bradbury

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Nakita is a 2 year old American Bulldog Pit mix. My energetic puppy wasn't herself. I took her to the vet on a Monday and she was prescribed an anti-inflammatory and a cream for her third eyelid. By Wednesday she was worse, having ... See the whole story

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Nakita is a 2 year old American Bulldog Pit mix. Three weeks ago, my energetic puppy wasn't herself. I took her to the vet on a Monday and she was prescribed an anti-inflammatory and a cream for her third eyelid. By Wednesday she was worse, having tremors and very stiff. I took her back to the vet and had blood tests and Nakita was diagnosed with Tetanus.
Tetanus symptoms do not tend to show up until five to 20 days after the infection gets into the bloodstream.Dogs infected with tetanus can show a marked drop in energy levels. They can become inattentive to meal times, not respond as quickly when called, and struggle to muster up the energy to go on walks or play. This also is exhibited by the dog losing its ability to blink, swallow, or go to the bathroom.Tetanus especially attacks the muscles in a dog's body that are responsible for breathing. This can be fatal once those muscles are fatigued, as it can lead the dog to suffocate. A case of tetanus that reaches this point can require having the dog put on life support until the disease can be treated, allowing recovery of muscle control.Tetanus can cause muscle contractions that induce stiffness of the limbs and muscle sensitivity. Dogs will limp and joints may become swollen. The dog can also experience a symptom known as lockjaw, in which constant muscle spasms locks their jaw open or closed, making it difficult for them to eat, drink and breathe regularly.
Nakita has been at the University of Illinois Small Animal Clinic in Urbana/Champaign for 14 days. There are no vets within 100 miles that have treated tetanus and it is extremely rare in dogs.She has been receiving multiple antibiotics, IV fluids, two plasma transfusions, muscle relaxers for tremors, and surgery on two of the tetanus infected toes. She is being kept sedated and isolated in a quiet, dark room and has a feeding tube and catheterized. Her heart and breathing are being monitored. She requires 24 hour care. The recovery time is about 3 to 4 weeks and does not always happen.
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