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Emerg C-Section and Treatment for HW+ Dobie Mommy
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Ended Mar 12, 2014
Basil is a beautiful purebred Doberman Pinscher saved from the Highland County, OH Pound.  She was very pregnant and needed to be shuffled into a foster home immediately.  Her personality is loving and gentle, and we knew we had to help her ...

Basil is a beautiful Doberman Pinscher saved from the Highland County, OH Pound.  She was very pregnant and needed to be shuffled into a foster home immediately.  Her personality is loving and gentle, and we knew we had to help her quickly.

She went to our vet where we found out immediately that she is heartworm positive.  Heartworm is a deadly disease that is highly preventable, and treatable at its early and moderate stages.  Thankfully Basil is treatable.  Her treatment would have to wait, however, until her babies were born and grown.  Treatment for heartworm disease involves a series of injections of a toxic arsenic derrivative, to which we cannot expose her pups.  Cost of treatment with our discount is $400.



Soon Basil went into labor. Our Ohio Coordinator and her foster mom sat up all night with her, and unfortunately, the first puppy became stuck in the birth canal.  Some time around 8 AM, our Ohio Coordinator managed to work the pup out of the birth canal and SHE LIVED.  By morning, Basil was still having contractions but not delivering.  WE rushed her to the vet, fearing more were stuck.  This can be deadly for both baby and mom.  Our vet waited as long as he could, but eventually felt it was necessary to perform an emergency c-section to save the babies and mom.

All of the pups were saved, and surprisingly for a large breed, she only had three.  She is recovering from the c-section in her foster home and is a great mom to her babies.  She will care for them for about 8 weeks or more until the pups can be vetted and adopted out to their forever homes.  At that time, Basil will begin the second part of her journey, heartworm treatment, be on crate rest for 4-6 weeks and then become available for adoption herself.  The emergency c-section cost $800 with our discount.

Basil and her babies

Basil is an incredible girl.  Sweet, loyal and loving, good with kids, dogs and cats, she is fostered with all the above.  Her foster family and volunteers cannot say enough good things about her!  Despite all of her needs, she is truly one of thse pets that reminds us all of why we rescue - dogs who have nothing but love to give are given a second chance at life.  If you can assist us with a donation to pay Basil's vet bill, we would be ever grateful!  Louie's Legacy is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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