Homes for Paws Dog Rescue has a palliative care program for dogs that are deemed unadoptable due to having multiple medical issues and needing special care. These dogs typically have shortened life spans and get to live out the rest of their lives being loved/pampered/cared for in our palliative care program.
We are currently looking for palliative care fosters for multiple dogs in our care. Being a palliative care foster requires caring for dogs with special needs and may involve giving daily medication, fluids and bringing the dog to frequent vet visits. Similar to fostering all vetting and food will be provided by the rescue.
Follow the link bellow and fill out the application. We will be in touch once we have a suitable dog. You can also reach us by email: email@example.com
Medical Condition: Medical condition: Chronic ataxia, left frontal lobe porencephaly, hydrocephalus, frequent eye issues, and alopecia.
Prednisolone (steroid), Omeprazole, eye drops.
Pee pads, vet food for sensitive digestion.
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Marlee is a 2 year old chihuahua that was rescued from Texas in September 2019. When Marlee arrived she was severely underweight (only 1.5 kg!) and was missing most of her hair. She really struggled to put on any weight, despite her love for food, as she suffers from a very sensitive stomach and has to be on vet food for sensitive digestion. Shortly after she arrived we noticed Marlee was very unstable on her feet, had an abnormal gait and her behaviour was very odd. We took her to see a neurologist and had an MRI done, and it was found that Marlee has a frontal lobe porencephaly. This means that her brain did not fully form and she has a cavity in her left frontal lobe. Worse yet, this cavity was filled with fluid, a condition known as hydrocephalus, putting pressure in her brain and if left untreated the fluid would begin to destroy the surrounding brain tissue. Marlee was placed on steroids and omeprazole to prevent this fluid build up and protect her brain. She responded really well to the steroid treatment and we saw some improvement in her balance and behaviour but unfortunately, Marlee has had 2 episodes that are believed to have been seizures, which is common with her condition. Additionally, steroids are not meant for lifelong use, and though no damage to her organs has been seen so far, they will eventually be damaged if she is kept on steroids long term, alongside other potential side effects. This means that if she is tapered off of the steroids and the fluid returns she may need brain surgery in the future to insert a shunt to keep the brain cavity drained.
For now Marlee is responding well to treatment and her condition is being closely monitored by her wonderful foster mom and her neurologist. She is a bit different than our other palliatives, as thankfully her life expectancy is not expected to be severely
effected by her condition, so she likely has many happy years ahead of her. Marlee is now a healthy weight (2.3 kg!), but she does still often have issues with her eyes requiring eye drops, has difficulty picking up any training, and she never grew back all her hair. Marlee will never be “normal” but in the words of her foster mom, she is so much more. She might have a tiny body but her personality is so much bigger, and we feel lucky to have her in our care. If you're interested in becoming Marlee’s sponsor please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or use one of the link below.
Medical Condition: Secondary hypothyroidism, enlarged heart, early stage kidney disease, skin issues. These are all caused by her PD. Unfortunately, because of her condition her life expectancy is guarded.
Anxiety medication, thyroid medication, CBD oil, Douxo Calm, and Pyo (skin sprays and shampoo).
To learn more about Pituitary dwarfism click the link below:
Nala is a 2-year-old German Shepherd. She arrived into care on October 24th 2019 after being rescued from a kill shelter in California. Unfortunately, after living with her family for over a year, she was surrendered to the shelter by her owners - due to her condition. When she arrived, it was discovered that in addition to being 2kg underweight, Nala was suffering from a hormone deficiency associated with the underdevelopment of the pituitary gland, because of this she has hypothyroidism and on arrival had a severe heart murmur (Grade 4/6). Pituitary Dwarfism is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder that is common in German Shepherd dogs. Both parents need to be carriers of the gene in order to be passed on and this can easily be prevented as long as a breeder does a DNA test. Dogs diagnosed with Pituitary Dwarfism need to stay on thyroid medication and require long-term care as their organs are underdeveloped, as a result, they have a shorter life expectancy of 4-5 years. In January 2020, Nala underwent heart surgery to fix her PDA. Her heart will never be perfect however the surgery bought her some valuable time. In addition, Nala also has severe skin issues which will need to be managed throughout her life.
Nala is the sweetest girl, she loves to cuddle and be with her people. Her favorite things to do are to play fetch and she will do just about anything for a bully stick. Unfortunately, she does have some separation anxiety and is dog reactive. She is currently on behavior medication and is working with a trainer. If you're interested in becoming Nala's sponsor please send us an email at email@example.com. Or use one of the link below.
Become a sponsor for one of the palliative pups in our care, this helps offset some of the monthly costs these dogs incur. A benefit of sponsoring is you will also get updates on how your sponsor dog is doing and get to meet them in person.
A 3-tiered sponsorship program will be implemented which will allow for monthly “donations” from sponsors to offset cost of the care of the dog they are sponsoring. For their monthly donation the sponsor(s) would be provided with:
*To become a sponsor please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.