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ABTR Moontini puppy with facial growths and skin issues!
American Boston Terrier Rescue has taken custody from the
Mesquite Animal Shelter, a sweet little Boston Terrier who I think is still a puppy, but we will let Dr.
Cindy determine her age. We have named this little girl Moontini as I think she should have a sweet
name. She really needs our help as you can see in the photos.
UPDATE: 7-14-12 - Here is what Jim has to say about Moontini, QUOTE:
I also like the name Moontini - she sorta has a round moon face (under all that cauliflower-like growth). As Wanda noted, she is extremely sweet and wiggle-butty. The shelter workers all were in love with her and they cheered when I showed up to take her. April noted that Moontini likes to burrow under covers and peek out at you - rather a peekaboo type situation. I could see from Wanda's face that this is one she is gonna grow attached to and there better be an extra special adopter to wrest her from Wanda's arms!
Here are her horrifying pics. Carlos wore gloves and even loaded her in the crate in the back of Edna ! Here she is - a definite BEFORE set of pix.
UPDATE 7 - 18 -12 - Moontini has now been to see the vet. She has demodex for sure as she was positive on the skin scrape. So now we know that she has a compromised immune system as most of the demodex babies do. But we also know that demodex is not contagious to the other dogs, so that is one worry relieved. The growths, we don't know about yet, so she is still in quarantine until I get the nod from the lab work saying she is not contagious.
As always, we at ABTR appreciate your continued support of our rescue efforts. Without your
generosity and support, we could not have helped as many dogs as we have over the years. We look
forward to helping more Bostons in the coming years with your generous help. Thank you so very much.
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Moontini's care and vet bill, please feel free to use paypal for your payment or you can mail the payment
to our vet with the notation "American Boston Terrier Rescue - Moontini" to:
822 N. Grand Avenue
American Boston Terrier Rescue
P O Box 525
Sanger, TX 76266
Thank you for your support.
We at American Boston Terrier Rescue have no ongoing sponsers, subsidies, grants or other steady supporter paying for the vetting care of the rescue dogs. All vet bills, dog food and anything else the dogs need are paid for from donations, adoption donations and my own pocketbook. Any Donations are always appreciated.
I would also like to publically thank both PB&J Collars and the facebook group "For the Love of Bostons" as both have both been wonderful and set up fundraisers to help us with Mooney's vet bills. Thank you so much.
We got the dermapathology results back. Here is what they say:
Moontini is a female Boston that has presented with erythema, alopecia, crusting and pyoderma. Patient has pododemodicosis, The muzzle and around the eyes have especially thick crusting.
Haired Skin: Ten sections from 2 submitted biopsies are examined. Both sections have similar histologic findings. In all sections there is multifocal moderate to severe folliculitis and furunculosis characterized by large numbers of plasma cells, lymphocytes, macrophages and neutrophils. Multifocally, numerous hair follicals in all examined sections have large numbers of demodex organisms. Scattered free demodex organisms are also observed in the dermain in areas of furunculosis, and these are often surrounded by large numbers of multinucleated giant cells. The epidermis and follicular epithelium are mildly to moderately hyperplastic and the follicular epithelium has spongiosis and is markedly pale. There is moderate otrhokeratotic hyperkeratosis and follicular keratosis. Moderate hemorrhage is seen in areas of furunculosis.
Moderate to severe, chorinic, multifocal lymphplasmacytic and histiocytic folliculitis and furunculosis with large numbers of demodex organisms.
So basically, she has an extremely severe case of demodex that has progressed into this mess on her face. We will be giving her antibiotics to help with the secondary infections. She will be bathed in medicated shampoos and I will be dabbing her with some goodwinol ointment and putting some resiketoclor on her body to help keep any other secondary infections at bay as with her compromised immune system being depreseed allowing the demodex to mulitply without check.other organisms like fungus, bacteria and staph will take advantage of the situation to florish as well. Mooney will wear her preventic collar as you know they seem to help a lot with the demodex mites. She will be getting her ivermectin daily. This is going to take a few months for us to get her skin cleared up. I am hoping that within a month we might have some of the swelling and some of the overgrowth yellowly looking things cleared up off her face. Maybe within 2 or 3 months we will get her with fur and skin looking more normal. I am hoping this is the case.
Once we get her fur and skin all cleared up and looking like a normal Boston, I am planning on taking her over to the orthopedic specialist, Dr. Dean that we took our little girl Junebug to back in 2009 to see if there is anything that we can do for her severely luxating patellas. Junebug's surgery was about $1500 for what he did for her. So I am assuming that IF he can do anything for Mooney, that it will probably be about twice that amount around $3000 to fix both her back legs. So we will have to do a lot more fundraising before we are through, but that orthopedic consultataion is still a couple of months off yet as I want to get the skin taken care of first. So we have a little time to a raise enough funds to cover the bill as I have to pay Dr. Dean up front.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support for this sweet girl. Next week I am having a couple of surgical procedures done so I probably won't update on Moontini again until 2nd week or Mid August. She will be taken good care of and I am hoping that I can update before then, but in case I can't, I didn't want you guys to worry about her. Thank you again. YOu have no idea how much your support means to me.
Donations raised in excess of Moontini's expenses will be used for the care of many dogs in our rescue program such
as Ann Margaret, Hudson Bay, Pepper and Sally who will probalby never be adopted, but still need our
love, vet care, dog food and Prayers. Thank you again for your donations and support.
- I got some pix of Mooney during her bath today. I think she looks worse than she did when I got her. She is losing hair like crazy. I know it is the dead hair that is coming out and she will look a lot worse before she is better as all the dead hair falls out and the cauliflower looking lumpy things come off and look like sores, but it bothers me. She is red as fire all over. But the shampoo smells real nice so she smells better than she did before the bath. Mange stinks really bad. But I don't tell her she stinks. I tell her she is a precious baby girl and I love her. Mooney soaked in her shampoo for 15 minutes and I relathered her 3 times to keep it moist and working. She is really good during her baths and doesn't try to fight me. I think she enjoys getting the attention.
This girl is a character. Gareth loves her. She wiggles that whole little butt at you from the middle of her back back. She is so happy to get some attention. Her skin and those poor little legs just make me want to cry. She don't know she is handicapped and is just a happy girl. Oh and she talked to me today when I was telling her it was too damn hot outside to stay out there longer than to dry off. I got some pix of that too. She has one of the warbly little low toned voices. Mooney knows her name is Mooney and comes running with that wierd little twisty scoot hop from her behind while her front legs are just a working like normal. But I am glad that she knows how to get around. She is the sweetest baby.
All I gotta say is whoever gets to adopt her is gonna have to be a really great adopter. I know I will probably turn some folks down that want to adopt her. I know I am picky, but if I am gonna put this much time and effort into a baby, I want her to have as fantastic a home as I got Nicky, my blind boy that had the collar grown into his neck. I still get pix from his momma as he is doing great and they love him dearly. I want Mooney to be the heart and soul dog of whoever decides to adopt her.
I got pix of her little legs so you can see what I was talking about on how the knees are so badly out of whack due to something going on in the hips putting a strain on them. She is not trying to take a poop that is how her little legs go out to the side. She also does the play bow as you can see with her little butt in the air and her front end down and the behind just a wiggling.
Here is a little video that my friend Yojanna put together for Mooney. I thought you might enjoy it. Thanks Yojanna. I think you did great work. HUGS, Wanda
- I got some more pix of Mooney after her bath today. I think she looks a little bit better than she did when I got her. She is not quite as red and those growth things are coming off on my washrag when I am bathing her face, not a lot of them, but some. She is still being good for her baths, but I think she got tired of me washing her face. She is such a good girl.
Mooney still wiggles that whole back end and is just too sweet to me. I pick her up to carry her to bed and she makes this little ooowww ooowww sound kinda under her breath.
Here are her pix. Do you think she looks any better? I do.
- Sorry for the late update, but I have had some changes in my life with health issues and traveling back and forth to Tennessee. I haven't had as much time to update pages as I need so webpages were on the backburner.
Anyway, as a lot of you know Mooney is doing fine. She still looks bad to my eyes, but I think that her legs are whiter and not so red. The growths on her face are now white and not yellow. Some still fall off when I bathe her, but I can't tell much differeence from when I got her, but I see her every day too. the ear stuff still makes her ears look like they are disintegrating to me, but I have been putting resiketochlor on them to keep them soft and kill any fungus that might be growing. But her hair is much softer and the hair is soft and shiney as can be instead of dull and coarse to the touch. I think it is thicker too.
Mooney HATES to get her ivermectin cause it tastes BAD! You should see the faces she makes at me after I have given her a dose. You would think I had poisoned her. She runs if she sees me with the syringe with the ivomec. But she sure loves to get her hot dog with her antibiotic in it and will gulp that down quick as a wink. She comes running when she knows I got a hotdog treat for her.
I probalby won't update her again until after Thanksgiving. I have a lot of running todo and we have a lot of dogs inhouse with the 15 Commerce dogs that came in.
PB&J Collars made a great new collar for her and held a fundraiser to help raise funds for Mooney's care. We would like to thank them for their wonderful support of ABTR and our sweet Bostons in Need. We cannot thank our supporters enough. Thank you. In the following pix she is stylin in her new collar.
- Took Mooney in to the vet and her demodex has improved greatly. She doesn't have a lot of that nasty smell left on her from the demodex. She still has some major kind of skin infection going on with the lumps on her face and along her ears even though she has been on antibiotics the whole time I have had her. We will keep giving her those.
Mooney has got a new cream for her face. After I get it put on her, she reminds me of a lady having a facial, all she needs are the cucumbers for her eyes cause the cream is BLUE!
Oh my, it is a 2 person job to put that cream on her. She is just a struggling and wiggling trying to get away from the nasty cream. Gareth has been good about holding her while I struggle with the wiggly Miss to get it all over the nasty parts of her face.
This is funny. Sad that we have to put her thought it, but funny in her reactions. When I am putting it on her she snerls one side of her little lip up while she is trying to move her head as far away from my hand as she can. That face is priceless! you can just see her saying "EEEWWWW that is SOOOO COLD AND NASTY! MOMMA DON"T! " Reminds me of the snerled lip face Bruce used to make when I would tell him "Stinky dog Bruce" and spray him with doggie perfume. LOL What a mean momma I am laughing at my poor babies misfortune at having stuff they dont' like put on them.
Anyway I am having issues with the computer saying the network or drive connector won't work when I am trying to put my SD card in to transfer photos from the camera to the computer. So... I don't have any new pix for you.
I am hoping this cream will work wonders for our little Mooney and clear that face right on up. By the time I am through with this cream She may never let me get close to her again so I will always have to be chasing her down to pick her up cause she hates it so much.
- Ok finally figured out with the help of my friend Karen that I have a USB cord that I can plug into the camera to transfer pix instead of using the SD card. So.... I GOT PIX!!!
Below you will see close ups of her face like I have above and you can see that in places it looks a lot better and in others it is still hanging in there which is why we started the facials with the blue cream.
I have to put it on pretty thick and then I rub and rub it in so it soaks in fairly well before I let her loose. Probalby why she don't like the process. I don't know if that stuff hurts her or not, but she is pretty head shy about you touching that head. Don't mind you touching under her chin now that it is clearing up, but don't you touch that little face.
I really thought that she wasn't improving at all, but after I got to looking at the pictures above compared with the pictures below, now I think the growths don't look as bad as they did. Thank Goodness! I was really getting discouraged about the facial growths not getting better. Her skin and hair looks and feels a lot better, but she still has thin and bald patches. I just hope that when/if we get all these growths cleared up that her hair will grow back on her face,cause she really does have a beautiful little face.
When we got her I figured we would get her fixed up in just a couple of months. It seems like those months are stretching out to much longer than I had estimated. All I can say is I am in this for Mooney for the long haul. If there is any way that I can get all that nasty stuff off her little face and legs however long it takes, then I will keep giving her medicated baths, blue facials, ivomectin, antibiotics and anything else that she needs. She is a lot of work, but she is worth it.
I want to thank all of you who have continued to support Moontini during her recovery. Without your help and encouragement, Mooney would not be as far along in her treatment as she is. Thank you all.
- As you can see the lumps are not as numerous and they seem to be getting like large swelling in spots instead of so many little tentacle/barnacle looking things. So now she looks more like she is turning into a lizard or alligator instead of looking like she has weird things growing out of her skull. Plus I think her back legs have grown stronger and gotten more muscley. She still walks funky, but... I think she walks better without as much swing to her sashay as she had before. Don't get me wrong she still sashays pretty doggone good, but it seems to me like it is not as extreme as it was.
- We took Moontini with us when we were checking out a new vet so our new fosters would have a vet closer to them than Gainesville. I thought I would get a second opinion on her care. Dr. Joyner was very nice and seems to like dogs very much. He was very thorough checking out each dog. Dr. Joyner looked over Moontini's vet records says we are doing the right things, but that we need to step it up a bit because it seems like the skin infection has gotten resistant to the amoxi we been giving her.
So now instead of bathing her just once a week, we will be bathing her 2 times a week in a stronger "clorhexedine" shampoo. We will continue to give her her nightly blue facials. We will continue with the same strength of ivermectin by mouth daily. She will also get Cefa 2 times a day instead of Amoxi.
Kristi, Ericka and Sharon got to meet Moontini in person and were captivated by her, just as I am. Kristi took some photos and as soon as I get them I will update the page with pix of Moontini at the vet. In these pix I think you will see a little more improvement on her face. This is not a fast process, but she is getting better. We plan on getting her back to looking like the beautiful little girl she is under all that infected face stuff hopefully.
Now I know that NONE of you are going to believe this, but a previous foster home that specializes in skin issue babies contacted me to foster. Since I know that Danielle is good with skin issue dogs, I decided to put Moontini in her home instead of mine. I was getting too doggone attached to my MooMoo baby girl and I knew I would have trouble letting her go if I kept her much longer. As it was I cried after I let her go and it feels funny around here with out the Moonie doing her little dance and talking to me with her woo woo self. I miss her, but I gotta let her go as I got enough dogs of my own already.
Danielle says that she is making herself right at home and will shoot me pix and updates in a few weeks.
- Danielle sez, QUOTE: She is adjusting well. We are working very hard on her confidence and potty traing. She uses the doggie door however that doesn't mean she uses the potty outside. We place her outside and ignore her wiggles till she pottys and the HUGE praise, as if you dont ignore ahe gets distracted and will forget why she is outside!!
She also is a submissive urinator. So we are working on how she is approached, new noises, quick movements, and just overall new expereinces that make her alittle scared, so she doesn't have an accident as we don't want her to be scolded for something she can't control. She is a sweet girl and likes her "me time" as well as some cuddle time with her foster parents, I think this will grow in time as she becomes more comfortable.
She is learning the word treat and that that means something yummy!! She also is learning that exploration is fun and ok!! She can't walk on a leash well, so we are using a comfort harness to get her use to a leash but not walking to far as we don't want to stress her hips or knees. Moontini loves affection and attention and she will paw or nudge you if she is not finish recieving the love she wants. This just started and I think it's because she is becoming comfortable.
In my opinion she should be place in a home that knows and loves bostons, preferable with one or two other Boston's to wiggle and play with. I think this will help her open up and gain confidence quickly. She does great with our dog, follows him, barks with him, lays close to him, but she wants to play tag your it and he just gives her the stink eye...lol...so she will wiggle hop and lightly mouth/nudge you and as she wants you to play with her. No small children.
She has no idea what a toy, ball, rope or anything of that kind is. We are working on this and what fun they are. Moontini loves her space and crate and she will let others (dogs) know if they try and enter...she is polite but stern on this. She has learned where her dish is and that it is ok to walk and approach it with confidence as she has figured out the food in there is AMAZING!!!
Each day she is stretching and growing mentally ans we are so proud of her. She is a special little girl and needs a special home as she will melt your heart!! END OF QUOTE.
The first pix below are taken at Dr. Jim Joyners mobile office a couple of months ago. We are still working on the face with antibiotics and medicated wipes. We have changed antibiotics a couple of times. She has a really hellacious deep skin infection. She may never have a smooth perfect face, but we continue to hope and to work on it.
The last pix are at Danielle's house taken not too long ago where Moontini is growing into a great little dog. She was comfortable with me, but it took her quite a while to get comfortable. Poor Danielle had to start all over to gain her trust. We both love Moontini and we will both have sad hearts when it is time to adopt her out.
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